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Using an Attendance Column

You can use a student’s attendance record to contribute to their final grade. Enter a student’s attendance grade as a test in the gradebook.

  • Possible points. The possible points for this test column will be the total possible days based on the start date less vacation days during the work week.
  • Student score. Each student’s score will represent the days possible minus any days that are indicated as penalties, even if you have not chosen to reduce term or final averages using a penalty system. A student with 5 days marked as penalty absences out of 25 possible days present will have a score of 20 in the column, the equivalent of a score of 80% in this attendance column. GradeQuick will deduct as absences only those types of absences (or tardy days) marked as penalty days from one of the penalty dialog boxes. You must mark those penalty days in the penalty dialog box. You need not actually set a penalty system unless you want one in addition to the attendance column. GradeQuick will automatically update the possible days and student’s scores as the date changes.

If you have set entry and exit dates for students who were not in your class for the entire term or year, this column will not accurately reflect attendance for those students, as the possible points is the same for all students and will therefore include the dates that student was not in your class. We do not recommend using this feature if you are setting entry and exit dates.

To add an attendance column to the gradebook, click Edit > Attendance > Make Attendance Column. An attendance column will be created in the spreadsheet with the name “*Present.”

If you want the attendance column to be counted towards the final average and not as part of any Term total, remove the Term number from the Term row at the top of the column. If you do not want it to count at all, weight the test column zero.

Weekly Attendance Report

In the Attendance Chart, there are two Weekly Attendance reports available. Through the toolbar in theAttendance Chart, you access each report by clicking the calendar buttons to the right of arrows for moving in the attendance chart. Clicking the Preview All Weeks button will run the report containing all of the weeks of the school year, from the first week to the current week. Clicking the Preview Selected Week button will run the report for the week that is currently in view on the attendance chart.

Choose weekly attendance report from the toolbar

Choose weekly attendance report from the toolbar

The reports are formatted to show the attendance chart for a week at a time for each student. Once the reports are open in Print Preview, you can scroll through them by using the arrows and select different sizes to preview the report by using the toolbar in Print Preview. You can also select students and print the reports through buttons on the toolbar.

Weekly Attendance Report

Weekly Attendance Report