• Secondary Pinnacle Resources

  • Color Coded Assignment Grades

    The following letter grades are now color coded to improve visibility in the gradebook grid.

    X (Exempt) -  Student is exempt from completing the assignment
    Z (Zero and Missing) - Assignment is past due and calculates as zero


    Comments (-1)
  • View Inactive Students on your Class Roster

    To vew inactive students, click the blue arrow at the top of the roster.  Select Show Inactive Students.  The student's name will appear in light gray at the bottom of the class roster.

    Show Inactive Students Screen Clip

    Comments (-1)
  • Need Help?
    Email Support 

    Phone Support
    Dana Adams - 28092
    Clara Alaniz - 28975
    Fern Johnson - 28973
    Leah Heerema - 28971
    Lan Hardy - 28093

  • Altering Category Weights

    Default Category Weights

    The gradebook classes are created with of two predefined gradebook categories:  Daily Work and Major Evaluations.

    • Daily Work assignments carry a weight of 25% of the overall nine week average.
    • Major Evalution assignments carry a weight of 75% of the overall nine week average.

    Altering Category Weights

    Campuses do have the ability to add an additional category to their gradebooks.  However, all of the following rules must be followed. Please review PISD Policy EIB (Local) and EIAA (Local) and consult your curriculum coordinator if you have further questions.

    1. Category weights should be set before you begin entering grades for the 1st Nine Weeks and cannot be changed during the year.
    2. The entire department on your campus must all grade the same and have the same category weights in the gradebook
    3. You are responsible to change your gradebook tabs so they match your department/subject grading.
    4. What does PISD policy say?
      1. 25% of the student grades for a marking period should be from Daily Work (homework, class participation, projects, etc.)
      2. 75% of the student grades for a marking period should be from Major Evaluations (unit tests, major papers, minor test grades)

  • Category Weight vs. Assignment Weight

    Difference between Category Weight and Assignment Weight

    Category Weights

    The gradebook classes are created with two predefined gradebook categories:  Daily Work and Major Evaluations.

    • Daily Work assignments carry a weight of 25% of the overall nine week average.
    • Major Evalution assignments carry a weight of 75% of the overall nine week average.

    Assignment Weights

    Assignment weights tell the gradebook how many times the assignment should count in the overall grade calculation for the selected category (Daily Work / Major Evalution).  A typical assignment weight should be 1 or 2 (to count the assignment twice).  When you create an assignment, you will do two important tasks

    1. Select either Daily Work or Major Evalution for the assignment category.  Linking to a category will allow the assignment to be calculated appropriately as with 25% or 75% of the nine week average.
    2. Enter the Assignment Weight of either 1 or 2.

  • Entering Conduct and Comments

    1. From the Gradebook Grid, click on the drop down arrow next to the word Assignments and then select Grade Reporting Items from the list.
    2. Enter Conduct grades as E, S, N, or U and press enter.
    3. Enter Comments as as a number (1-10) for the student.
    4. Use the asterisk key (*) on the numeric keypad to copy codes down the column for all students.

    How to Access the Legend of the Comment or Conduct Codes

    To see a list of valid conduct or comment codes follow these steps:

    1. Click in the cell to enter a comment or conduct grade for a student.
    2. Press the space bar on your keyboard to view the legend.
    3. Use the mouse to click the correct code.
    4. Press enter to record the code.

  • Finding Assignment Grades for Students with Schedule Changes

    Do you have a student with a recent schedule change and you are missing the assignment grades?  The following steps must be completed by the student's previous teacher (prior to the schedule change).

    Option 1 - Print the Student Assignment Report

    1. Go to Reports in the gradebook.
    2. Expand Grading and select the Student Assignment Report
    3. Select the class, nine weeks, and select the desired student from the students box.
    4. Click the Print button.
    5. Give the student's grades to the new teachr.

    Option 2 - View the Grades in the Gradebook

    1. Go to the gradebook tab that the student used to be in (the one that should have the old grades)
    2. Show Inactive Students on your class roster
      1. Click the blue arrow at the top of your class roster.
      2. Select the options "Show Inactive Students".
      3. The inactive students in your gradebook will appear in light gray at the bottom of the class roster.
    3. Find the student's name at the bottom of the class roster.
    4. Write down the grades to give to the new teacher.

  • Taking Attendance

    Entering Attendance in Pinnacle

    1. From the Home screen, click on Quick Attendance.
    2. Select the class by using the class tabs at the top of the screen.
    3. The attendance date will default to the current date.
    4. If students are absent, select A. If students are tardy, click to the right of each student’s name by clicking on the absence or tardy code one at a time. If you mark a student absent by mistake, click the code again to clear it.
    5. If all students are present and on time, click the All Present button.
    6. After you have marked a student absent of if you have clicked the All Present button, your attendance has been recorded for the current date. A green check mark will be displayed on the class tab.
    7. Click the Home button on the navigation toolbar if you would like to continue working in the gradebook.
    8. If you are finished with the gradebook, click the Sign Out link in the upper right corner of the screen.


    The State of Texas requires that you take attendance. District guidelines require you to report attendance within the first 10 minutes of class. 

    Attendance Corrections

    The school attendance secretaries will make the appropriate changes to a student’s attendance record by changing the absence to the correct absence code. Once these changes have been made, the gradebook will automatically be updated to reflect the new code.

  • Merging Class Tabs

    Have too many class tabs? Class tabs must be combined BEFORE you begin entering grades.
    Once grades are entered, merging gets tricky and you will need to reenter some grades.

    If you suddenly receive a new class and NO grades for any nine weeks have been entered into that class, merging can occur without any lose of grades.

    Send an email to gradebook@pisd.edu requesting your classes be combined.

  • Gradebook Access for Long-Term Substitutes

    Long-Term Substitutes (subbing for more than a few days) can have access to a teacher's gradebook.  Follow the process below.

    1. Ask a campus administrator to request Pinnacle access for the long-term sub.  An email must be sent to gradebook@pisd.edu including the substitute name and the teacher that will be out
    2. Gradebook support will give a temporary login to the substitute
    3. DO NOT share your network login with a substitute.