Thank you for your interest in this grading spreadsheet. It works well on any device that runs Microsoft Excel, like tablets, iPads, laptops, and desktops. It’s a big time-saver – the grades are averaged for you and mistakes are reduced. The Microsoft Excel app is free for tablets and iPads with a screen size of 10.1″ or less, but on a tablet with a larger screen, you MUST purchase an MS Office 365 subscription. (See this article) On a computer or laptop, Excel is part of Microsoft Office which must be purchased. NOTE: Office 365 needs a reliable internet connection (for sure every 30 days) for it to continue working. The subscription comes with the option to install the desktop version, but it also needs an internet connection to continue to function. DO NOT PURCHASE OFFICE 365 IF YOU WILL NOT HAVE RELIABLE AND CONSISTENT INTERNET! This is true for any type of device or computer.
Here’s some links to purchasing Excel for Windows that does not require internet once it is installed. It is the lowest cost I know of and it is not a yearly subscription. Here’s three different versions, any of which will work fine. (2019, 2016, and 2013) The site seems to be legitimate.
There is another free program called WPS Office (Follow this link) that seems to work fine on a Windows PC.
Another program called Softmaker Office 2021 (Follow this link) is fully compatible with MS Excel files and the user interface is almost identical. The 2018 version is free for teachers and schools by filling out the proper documentation. Follow this link for free version
I have not found Open Office, Libre Office, OnlyOffice, or Google Sheets to run this spreadsheet properly. On tablets or iPads, only use Microsoft Excel.
Why Get “This” Grading Spreadsheet?
A special feature is the Summary page or sheet where the grades are averaged and the attendance is recorded. It’s arranged by page of each student. You can selectively print a certain student’s page or print and/or email the pages to the schoolboard or yourself. It is a “live” total that is constantly updating with every grade entered. You can see student and class averages several different ways. For report cards there is the student average by quarter by subject. Then there’s a student average by subject for the whole year and a student average by term for all the subjects. There’s a class average by subject and also a class average by term for all the subjects, and then a class average for all the subjects for the whole year. (See the Summary picture on this website below). If you teach multiple grades and want to see averages by grade instead of the whole class, you will need a spreadsheet file for each grade. If at any time you want to download a fresh copy, go to the Data sheet and click on “Get A Fresh Copy” under the student name list.
The attendance page is easy to use – it automatically (saves time) fills in each student as present for that day. And then if you mark a student as absent, tardy, or requested off a half-day, you simply change the corresponding code letter for that day for that student. As you do so, the cell turns to a different color so it’s easy to spot. Then for each student you can write a note for each week for reference – maybe why they were late, or some happening you would like to record. If a student begins later in the year or leaves your school before the end of the year, you can record those dates and the attendance will begin or end the tracking accordingly.
Other Grading Programs
Some are asking why change from the grading spreadsheet program already out there that is distributed by Gospel Publishers? Nothing is wrong with it at all, but it’s designed to run primarily on a computer. That grading sheet was skillfully designed with macros to make tasks and navigation easier. But macros do not run on mobile versions of Excel, and the trend is moving toward using tablets and iPads. This spreadsheet is made to run on ANY device that can run Microsoft Excel. Competition is not intended, but chances are high that you will like this new one.
What kind of tablet?
If you are considering whether to invest in a tablet or iPad, I would highly recommend an Android tablet. (iPad Pro Requires an Office 365 Subscription) The file handling limitations of the iPad make it more difficult to work with saving this spreadsheet file to the device and then running it with Excel. IPad attempts to run the spreadsheet with its own built-in program, but it does NOT work. If you already have an iPad or would like to purchase one, that is fine, just make sure you first open Excel and then open the grading spreadsheet from inside Excel.
Where do I get Excel?
Microsoft Excel for Android (Free with in-app purchases), Microsoft Excel for iOS (Free with in-app purchases) are available with these links. When you have that installed, create a free Microsoft account if you don’t have one, or log in to your existing account. Whether you try the sample or purchase the Grading Spreadsheet, It will be emailed to you. Save the file from the email to your device BEFORE opening it.
Not Sure Yet?
Try the Demo version for free, it works for 3 students. Your purchase is covered by a 100% money back guarantee for any reason.
We wish for you to have splendid year teaching. God bless each teacher and student and the whole school effort.