Common Sense Review
Updated June 2014


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Common Sense Rating 3
  • Engrade's Corebook tool helps teachers and families track student performance.
  • Video tutorials help guide new users.
  • There are a variety of assessment options, from quizzes and flash cards, to wikis and third-party content.
  • Teachers can upload classes and track grades.
Beyond the grading and reporting platform, there are useful instruction and assessment tools like wikis, flashcards, and quizzes.
With the free account, data entry can be time-consuming, especially if teachers are already required to use an existing grading platform.
Bottom Line
The free gradebook is a solid choice for those who don’t already have one, but the real benefits come with the extensive, district-level features.
Jennifer Sitkin
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

A lot of the third-party learning content comes from sites that students find engaging. If used as a centralized place for assessments, communication, and access to grades, students and families are more likely to stay involved.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Easy online access to grades can increase student accountability and achievement. Engrade helps teachers manage grades, monitor student performance, and communicate safely with students and families.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Video tutorials, a quick start guide, and an FAQ page are all easily accessible for teachers and administrators. While it's a timesaver overall, data entry could be time-consuming in the free account.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

A free Engrade account could be valuable in a number of circumstances. If your district doesn't already have a common grading program or if you're unhappy with your current program, Engrade offers tools that are likely to streamline a lot of your out-of-class work. A key to Engrade's success is consistent use by all stakeholders -- parents, students, and teachers -- who are key in supporting students' learning.

You're likely to find a logical flow to how you'll best use the platform's tools: Send out a reminder before an upcoming assessment; include a set of review flashcards; create an online practice quiz; upload grades quickly and easily. Students can ask questions and monitor grades online, and parents can follow up with concerns on the secure site. It's also worth checking out the provided pre-made flashcards, quizzes, and assignments, in addition to all of the third-party content.

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What's It Like?

Engrade is an online grading tool that helps teachers manage classes, communicate with families, and track student performance. After signing up for a free account, teachers can get started customizing their gradebook to a specific set of standards. Engrade calls this tool the "Corebook." Once teachers create classes and enter their students' information, families and students can then register with the site, allowing for individualized communication between home and school.

In addition to the Corebook and messaging features, the Teach tool acts as an LMS of sorts, integrating with a variety of third-party content (like Khan Academy and BrainPOP, among others) so teachers can give students online assignments, quizzes, flashcards, or other resources. Along with the free account available to any individual teacher, Engrade offers a number of advanced features with a paid schoolwide or districtwide subscription. For example, teachers can track Common Core-aligned assignments, and schools can monitor achievement data and compare performance across student groups. Teachers and district-level curriculum directors can also create and implement common assessments or benchmark tests to assess student achievement more broadly. There's even a built-in app from GradeCam to help facilitate fast multiple-choice grading and data entry.

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Is It Good For Learning?

With Engrade, you'll find a wide variety of tools to help teachers save time and increase overall efficiency, which can potentially translate into improved student achievement. The easy-to-use online grading program helps teachers stay organized and monitor both individual and class performance on a regular basis. In addition, the fact that families have 24/7 access to grades helps provide transparency, as well as increase accountability for students. Messaging features empower students, their families, and teachers with an open channel for easy communication.

The ability to create and send out online quizzes, assignments, and flashcards is a nice feature, though success with these features will depend to some degree on students' access to devices outside of school. One drawback to the free account is that teachers have to manually upload students' information. If teachers are already using a separate, school-mandated grading program, there may be less incentive to start anew with a different platform. However, schoolwide accounts integrate with many student information systems and eliminate this initial data entry issue. Between the solid learning content from third-party partners and the ability to create common assessments, the platform has a lot of potential for schoolwide and districtwide use.

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