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Re: Grading Software

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 13:15:04 -0400

About 5-6 years ago I invested in a personal copy of Grade Machine, by
Misty City Software ( and have been using it
ever since, with several upgrades. I wouldn't waste my time at all
trying to modify a spreadsheet program in order to use if for grading
when there are so many excellent grading programs out there already.
They are not that expensive. Grade Machine is totally customizeable -
whether for elementary use, with A, B, C grades, secondary, with
numerical grades, or college, with a 4.0 system. It is very easy to
weight grades, i.e., projects count 50%, a quiz 25%, etc. You can get it
with attendance and seating chart features. It's very easy to print out
customized progress reports where you let students know what assignments
might be missing, or whatever you choose to report - perhaps progress
info for the outstanding students. It's very easy to use even when you
teach on mixed levels and use different assessment systems for each. I
am probably the only one in my school using it (they are way behind
technologically), but I know Grade Machine is networkable and will
accept data from both Mac and PC users. It's also compatible with some
types of school administrative software (that does scheduling,
discipline reports, etc.) I believe they also have a new feature called
Grade View which will allow administrators or guidance personnel to be
able to revi ew a student's grades, but not alter them. (Which is
something a lot of teachers worry about). Since I use Grade Machine on a
school computer that I also allow students to use, it has a feature that
allows me to password protect my files. I keep a backup copy, along with
a copy of the software, on a zip disk and take that home with me when I
want to work on grading at home. There are other grading programs too,
and I believe they all have similar features. I would highly recommend
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617