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Great Online Gradebooks and Grading Tools

Grading isn't fun, but it's never been so easy and teacher-friendly. Check out these highly rated tools that upgrade the gradebook, allowing anytime/anywhere grading and tracking of student progress. They also offer some extra-special options, such as easy alignment of assignments and outcomes to Common Core standards and student-facing goal-setting and tracking. 

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Dedicated Grading Tools

Goalbook Toolkit

Set tailored targets with pricey but worth-it kit of tools, strategies

Bottom line: You pay for quality with Goalbook Toolkit, including access to clear, well-crafted learning goals and strategies that allow for far easier differentiation.

Crowdmark

Cloud-based shared grading streamlines work, is best for groups

Bottom line: While it's likely an efficient tool for departments and teams, for individual teachers it might not give enough of an organizational boost to justify the cost.

ThinkWave Educator

Cloud-based gradebook helps manage content, grades, and communication

Bottom line: A good option for teachers who need a free gradebook, but additional storage is needed to effectively manage large quantities of teacher and student content.

FreshGrade

A fresh way to capture, document, and share student learning

Bottom line: Multimedia documentation tools help communicate learning and expand assessment, and the addition of a gradebook sets this tool apart; still, student experience could use some polish.

JumpRope

Upgrade your grading with tool for mastery-based tracking

Bottom line: For those trained in standards-based grading, a solid way to collect, track, and report mastery-based achievement.

Markboard

Free gradebook integrates with planning tool to ease teacher workflow

Bottom line: This standards-based assessment tool can ease the feedback process and potentially close the feedback loop with its companion planning tool.

MasteryConnect

Record, analyze, share assessment data with flexible CCSS grader

Bottom line: A fantastic assessment tool that's utilized to its fullest when adopted at a school or district level.

Kaizena

Multi-modal add-on enables digital audio and text feedback in Google Docs

Bottom line: The combination of Google Docs integration, ease of use with audio and text feedback, and the teacher web app for management makes a powerful tool for writing instruction.

LMSs with Built-In Grading Tools

Engrade

Deliver solid content, crunch data with connected LMS/grading platform

Bottom line: With time-saving tools and accessible third-party content, this gradebook is a solid choice for its extensive, district-level features.

Kiddom

LMS offers tangible options to differentiate learning

Bottom line: An excellent option for monitoring individual progress toward goals, but teachers will need to be deliberate when selecting and assigning content.

Otus

Free LMS feels rich in offering data-driven differentiated instruction

Bottom line: This teacher-created site solves more problems than it causes, but it will take some up-front professional development to take full advantage.

Schoology

Top-tier LMS for digital classrooms

Bottom line: To make the most of Schoology, you'll need some ramp-up time and great tasks and assessments, but it can offer rich learning and collaboration experiences.

Chalkup

Elegant LMS tool keeps classroom conversation, collaboration going

Bottom line: The rare LMS designed for ease of use, and it doesn't sacrifice functionality with tons of opportunities to maximize learning, collaboration, and organization.

PowerSchool Learning

Full-featured LMS great for instructional design

Bottom line: With planning for content and design, and some restraint, teachers can create and manage relevant pages ideal for extending and transferring learning.

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