Grading Periods: Best Practices


Cada sección de curso puede ser asociada con uno o más periodos de evaluación. Los periodos de evaluación proporcionan un marco de inicio y final de la sección, lo cual permite el archivo automático de los cursos anteriores, además de la preparación de cursos futuros.

Courses associated with current grading periods will appear in the Courses drop-down menu for the instructors and students in the course. Courses associated with past grading periods will appear in the Archived area for those roles at your organization who have permission to access archived courses.

Grading periods may also help organize the Gradebook Settings in the course. The way in which you set up your Grading Periods should be determined by when and how frequently you need to report grades. 

In this article, we will follow a continuous example of a school that is organized around two semesters over the course of one school year.  

Creating Grading Periods

First, create Grading Periods at the System level by clicking System Settings on the left side of your System Admin account and then Grade Settings. Click here to learn more about how to create system-level grading periods. 

Mapping Grading Periods
If You Create Courses via SIS Sync:

If you sync your users, courses and enrollments by syncing via one of our integrated SIS apps, you can map the parent grading period - in this example, the year-long period - to the two sub-periods in Schoology. 


If You Create Courses Via Imports:
Click here to learn about importing your courses

If you have sub-periods within any of your grading periods, you only need to map your .csv file to the main grading period(s). For example, mapping your file to the year-long period will automatically associate the course with all sub-periods such as semesters and quarters.

Keeping with the example laid out in the Grading Periods screenshot at the top of this article, if you have one year-long period with two semester subperiods, 

Then, in your import file, you can add only the year-long period to the course row:

And you can map the file only to the year-long grading period in the Import screen:


Grading Periods in Your Courses

The Schoology Gradebook will automatically calculate an overall score for all materials in your course that combines each of the grading periods associated with your course.

That means if you teach a year-long course, you do not need to create a grading period that encompasses the whole year, like "2015-2016." Instead, create grading periods that correspond to any incremental dates when you need to report grades throughout the year. If your school or organization uses a four-quarter/two-semester calendar, you could simply create four grading periods - one for each quarter of the school year. In the screenshot above, the instructor has followed this practice, and as a result will be able to report a grading period grade for each student at the end of each quarter, as well as an overall grade that acts as a year-long grade and is a combination of the quarter grades.

 This screenshot is a course-level view of the Grading Periods area of Grade Set Up under the Gradebook tab. The course would appear this way whether it was created via SIS sync or Imports, as long as the grading periods were created and mapped as recommended in the sections above.


This course is mapped to, or associated with, the two semester-long grading periods. The Grading Period area of Grade Set Up will appear as it looks in the screenshot above. The Gradebook will display as shown in the screenshot below, with two grading period scores, and then an overall grade that is automatically created as a combination of the two semester scores. 


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