Report cards are printable pdf letters of students' academic, behavior, and attendance records. They can be created by the school admins for the entire school. Progress reports, on the other hand, are unofficial instant reports of the students that can be generated by the teachers, students, and parents. These reports reflect the student's records for the date and time they are generated.
Generating report cards for all students (Admins)
School admins can generate report cards at any time but usually at the end of the grading periods (Quarter or Semester). The progress reports are usually the ones generated in the mid-term. To start generating them, first, the global Report Card Plugin settings must be configured correctly. These settings are located under School >> Report Card
Report card plugin settings
The report card plugin settings are global configurations that will determine the content of both report cards created by the admins and instant progress reports generated by the parents or students on their dashboards.
If you want a cover page for your report card, check the first box that says "Add Cover to PR".
The records that can be added to the report cards are attendance, conduct logs, commendations in different formats.
To include the teacher's comments on the report card summary page, make sure to check the "Add comments to PR" option. This will also require the comments to be enabled for each report card generated.
Detailed course reports can be included in the report cards by checking the "Add detailed course pages to PR" option. This will show all the activities with grades with their effect on the course average.
You can decide which term's average you want to show on the summary page by checking the ones under "Select this field(s) on the PR summary page". Unchecking a term on this list will not remove the term title on the summary page, but just the grade average. It would be a good idea not to show the future term averages when you are generating a report card for the current term.
You can chose to show decimal points on the report card summary page. If turned on, two decimal points will be shown for the numerical grades on the report card summary page. If turne off, the grades will be rounded to the nearest whole number. For example, 89.51 will be shown as 90 and the letter grade will show a "B". You can match the rounded grade with its letter grade by updating the ranges of “letter” grade settings via "Site administration >Grades >Letters"
The logo added to the settings will show up on the cover page under the report card title.
The other contents you can control on this page are category averages, percent scale information, benchmark tests, and signature page.
How to show category averages on the report card summary
The category averages can be included on the report card summary page under each course. The configuration for this option is located on the report card plugin settings. You have the option to include any or all departments or courses in this configuration. That way, you can pick the courses for which you want to show the category averages. The list of the courses to select can be found under School >> Report Card >> Courses for Category Grades
Percent scales on the summary page
To show the percent scale information on the report card summary page, the configuration below needs to be checked. These scales will be presented at the footer of the summary page. By default, the elementary scales are always shown on the summary page if any of the courses use them.
Settings to include letter (%) scale information.
Grading scales on the report card.
Adding the report card
Once the global settings are configured, you are ready to generate your report card. Go to School >> Report Card >> Report Cards to start the generation process.
List of report card generated, click add to add your RC
Name and save your RC to go back to the list.
Here, you are determining the name of the folder, whether or not you want to enable this report card to students right away, which grades you want to enable them to, and if you want to open this report card for comments from teachers. The only required field for the folder is the name. The rest of the configurations can be changed later after or before you generate your report card.
Generating the report card
Once the report card is added, you are now ready to generate them.
Click on the play button to go to the page where other information will be added and the process will be started.
At the last step of generating report cards, you will configure the additional titles, sorting method, and term you are generating the report card for. The comments added by your teachers can be shown on the report card if you checked that option. An email will be sent to the user who generated them when these report cards are ready. You can add more emails to notify in the "Email address" field. Once you click on "Create progress reports", it will take 10-20 minutes for it to finish and send an email. See screenshot below:
This is the final step to creating report cards.
1- Title, subtitle(s), and date to appear on the report card cover page
2- Search/sort criteria: The name format of the pdf report card files for easy distribution
3- Day and period on which you want your report card names to be based.
If the student does not have a course assigned on the selected day and period, you will
still have a report card printed but will not have the teacher on the pdf file name.
4- The term you want your report card to be created for. If you check the "show all records" option
it will show future assignments of the term in the detailed report. If not checked, only assignments
up to the report card generation date will be shown.
5- Teachers' comments can be shown if this is checked.
6- Additional email addresses to send a notification when the report card is ready.
Review or re-generate report cards
Once the generation of the report cards is completed, new icons will appear at the end of the list.
Edit report card settings such as to enable for students/parents, open for comments, notify parents/students.
Delete report cards. If the report card has any comments added by teachers, you can not delete it.
Re-generate the report cards. When you click on this button, you will have a chance to change report card settings before re-generation.
This operation will delete the previously generated PDFs for this report card and generate the new ones.
Save all of the generated PDFs to your computer as a zip file.
See the list of the report cards generated for each student. You can search by student's name and check the accuracy of the reports.
Enable report card comments
Once the report card is opened for comments, teachers can add comments for students which will appear under each course on the summary page. Administrators will then have the option to show the comments on the report card when generating them.
Open report card for teachers to comment
Show report teacher comments on the report card
How the teachers add comments to report cards
To find the report card in order to add comments, teachers will need to go to School >> Report card >> "Name of the report card". On this page, teachers can filter students by course, period, or name. The comments added in the text boxes will be automatically saved. These comments can be changed until the report cards are generated. Any changes done on the comments will not be reflected in the pdf reports after they are generated.
Accessing the report card comment page
Add report card comments
Note: From the same link, administrators can see the comments added by teachers, but they can not add/change any comments.
Teacher comments on report card
How to notify parents/students about the available report cards
Parents and students can be notified when a report card is generated and enabled. Only after these conditions, the notify option will available to select. Once notify is selected and submitted, the students and parents will receive a notification on their mobile apps, on their browsers, and via email (if the user preference for email is turned on) within 10-20 minutes. The site admin should make sure that the parent role has the required permission on the site to receive these notifications.
Edit report card
Enable to see notify option
Select "yes" and submit