A Gradebook is a collection of assignments, both coursework and assessments, linked to students. One or more educators will be able to manage a gradebook. Students are added to a student group and then that group can be connected to a gradebook. If student groups already exist in a teacher's account in Homeroom, those groups are visible in Classroom. After assignments have been added to a gradebook, and after students have been added to a student group, a teacher can give multiple assignments to multiple students in a single step.
If a teacher has multiple periods of the same class, for example, Alegbra 1, the student groups for each period can be assigned to a single gradebook. Conversely, the student groups for each period can be assigned to individual period gradebooks. The teacher has the option to arrange gradebooks and student groups in whichever manner they prefer.
Educators have the option of importing assignments from a district or building level assignment bank. They can also share assignments they have created with other teachers by adding them to an assignment bank. New assignments can be populated with questions from district purchased item banks, like the NWEA, or by creating their own unique questions and answers.
Sharing a Gradebook
Teachers have the option to share a gradebook. This is especially helpful for teachers who coordinate their grades for a single term credit. For example, two physical education teachers sharing responsibilities can collaborate on a single gradebook and then associate any of their class-related student groups to this one gradebook for a cumulative term grade.
For teachers who share a classroom and its students, for example highly capable or special education classes, but teach different subjects, the teachers can create separate gradebooks for each subject, and share them to coordinate coursework and/or assessments.
Other uses of gradebooks include separation by performance levels. Teachers can create multiple gradebooks to account for different levels (say in reading or math) to better tailor assignments to individual student needs. To accomplish this, the teacher would first need to create a custom student group.