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August 22, 2014

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GradeSpeed: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is GradeSpeed?
A. GradeSpeed is a Web-based access portal that allows parents to get an update on how their son/daughter is doing in school.

Q. Who can access GradeSpeed?
A. At this point in time, GradeSpeed may only be accessed by middle school and high school parents and students.

Q. How do parents access GradeSpeed?
A. To access your GradeSpeed account, go to http://guilderland.gradespeed.net and click on the Parent option. You will need to know your parent contact information exactly as it appears in the district’s computer system in order to create an account. Download a step-by-step instruction guide to get you started (PDF)

Q. Where can I find my correct parent contact information?
A. Your parent contact information is your name and address exactly as it appears on your child’s report cards, interim reports, and class schedule (high school only). For instance, if your parent contact information is listed as Mr. and Mrs. John Doe, then John Doe’s name must be used. If you are not sure about your parent contact information, please contact either the school building main office (high school) or your child’s appropriate house office (middle school).

Q. What will I find once I log on?
A. You will be able to see scheduling information and attendance information for all of you child's classes through GradeSpeed’s parent portal, ParentConnection. For some classes, you will be able to see assignments and due dates, grades on previous work, and class grades. You will also be able to send emails directly to teachers.

Q. How do I add my children to my account?
A. Once you have created an account, you may add multiple students to your GradeSpeed account. Click on Manage Students to add your child/children. You will need to know their student ID number in order to access their records. Student ID numbers are located on all report cards, interim reports, and class schedules (high school only). When completing the information about each child, please remember to add all zeroes before your child’s ID number to complete the nine digit student ID. Once your child is added, you will be able to navigate through the available information using the list of options on the left side of the screen.

Q. What if parents are separated or each wants a separate GradeSpeed account?
A. Both parents can register and have separate access. Using their child's key information, both parents can create their own username and account.

Q. I have children attending multiple schools in the district. Do I need a separate GradeSpeed account for each one?
A. No. Parents can access multiple student accounts at a time, across all grade levels. For example, a parent with a child at the middle school and two children at the high school can log on to GradeSpeed and see the records for all three children.

Q. Will my child be able to see his/her assignments and grades online, as well?
A. Yes. Students at the middle school have been provided access information and have created their own accounts.

Q. How do students access GradeSpeed?
A. Students may access their GradeSpeed account by going to https://guilderland.gradespeed.net/pc/studentlogin.aspx and choosing Farnsworth Middle School from the drop-down menu. Students must then enter their 9 digit student identification #, including the initial zeroes (ex., 000012345); then type “Roadrunner” for your password. You will be prompted to create a new password when you log in.

Q. What exactly is an assignment?
A. An assignment is not just homework, but could also refer to tests, quizzes, participation, class projects, etc.

Q. Will I be able to see grades received on assignments?
A. Guilderland is presently phasing in full use of the program. At this stage, not all classes are using the grade book feature, so assignments and grades are not posted for all courses. For all classes that are using the grade book, all assignments will have grades posted. (Click on the numerical grade to see a breakdown of assignments.) Please remember that the Cycle (Marking Period) Grade that you will see for some courses is a grade in progress—the only official grades are those on Report Cards sent home at the end of each quarter.

Q. Can I just take those assignment grades and figure out what my son’s/daughter’s cumulative grade is for the marking period?
A. No. Each teacher has a weighted grading system for their class activities. For example, homework may be 25 percent of a grade; tests 50 percent; and participation 15 percent. In this example, if you saw that your son/daughter received a 100 on a homework assignment that is still only 25 percent of the total grade. The grade you see on GradeSpeed for each course reflects the calculated average based on all graded assignments that have been entered into the system at that point. There may be assignment grades that the teacher is still working on entering, or that will be upcoming. Both of these scenarios will also impact the overall course grade and can cause fluctuations for a course grade each time you log in.

Q. What can I do if I see that my child has a low grade on assignments?
A. The best thing to do would be to contact the teacher and talk about your concerns.

Q. Am I able to e-mail a teacher while I am in GradeSpeed?
A. Yes. While in the Grades tab, click on the teacher's name. An email interface will open, allowing you to send an email directly to the teacher.

Q. Who should I contact for more information on how to use GradeSpeed?
A. If you have any questions about the information you see on the portal or about your child’s performance in general, please do not hesitate to contact his/her teacher, school counselor, attendance clerk (high school), House Office secretary (middle school) or school administrator.

 

Download a printable copy of the FAQs (PDF)

 

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