Many settings in JumpRope (accessible via the Admin Console) can affect the way that teachers enter grades and the way that grades are calculated in the system. For example, if you change the global grading scale from a 4-point scale to a 100-point scale, existing grades and newly-entered grades are incompatible. Likewise, if you change the way that course grades are calculated in the middle of a school year, grades that have already been distributed to students may change and thus cause confusion.
For this reason, JumpRope's Admin Console includes a finalization process. Once per year, we ask that you review and finalize your gradebook settings before teachers start using the system. After settings are finalized, certain settings will be locked down until the beginning of the next school year. Until settings are finalized, teachers will not be able to enter grades into the system.
If you feel that you need to change settings during the year and after the finalization process, please reach out to JumpRope support with an explanation of your needs -- we certainly are not trying to cramp your style, but rather protect against unintended consequences of mid-year changes to the system. We are happy to consult with you to find a solution to your needs.
To finalize your settings:
To finalize your settings in JumpRope, first review the gradebook settings in the Admin Console and make sure that they represent your needs for the upcoming school year. Reach out to JumpRope support if you have any questions about the settings.
When you're done, from the General section of the settings tab of the Admin Console, click the blue "Begin New Year" button. Complete the wizard and make sure to leave the Finalize Settings checkbox checked on the relevant step. That's it: you're ready to begin the new year!
If, for any reason, you need to complete the new year wizard before your settings are finalized, you can un-check the Finalize Settings checkbox in the wizard. You can then finalize your settings later from the General section of the Admin Console's settings tab. Remember that teachers cannot enter grades until settings are finalized for the year!
As always, please reach out to support if you have any questions or feedback!