This will interest only Zangle users: I think I’ve figured out a better way to enter grades!
I set up categories as always by percentages, and set the grading scale in the 0-20, 21-40, 41-60, 61-80, 81-100 for F, D, C, B, A. (That means that any F has only 20% effect.)
I enter the grades as letters.
Instead of marking the little formative grades as “non-graded,” which means they don’t show up when parents check grades, I have just left them as 5 points each, but put in 100 points for the standards grades in each category. The standards show the most recent, typical grade, weighted especially (by sight) for the recent summative marks. That is, if in speaking the grades were a mix of A’s and B’s, but the kid nailed it at the most recent summative grade, I put an A in for speaking. It’s too late to go make any formative grades worth only 1 point, but I think I’ll do that next year, making summative grades worth 5. It won’t really matter, because I keep re-dating the 100-point standards grades so that they fall on the end of a given grading period (they’ll come up first at the end of five weeks, then at the end of the first quarter, and so on until the end of the first semester).