FreshGrade is a digital portfolio & assessment platform that makes learning visible for leaders, teachers, parents, and students. It has now been configured for SD61 and is ready for teacher and student use. It pulls student data directly from MyEducation BC. If you discover that you are missing students or don’t have any students in your FreshGrade class, please see your Principal or Administrative Assistant first before you log a Help Desk ticket. Note that the upload process runs nightly so any changes to MyEducation BC will not take effect in to FreshGrade until the following day.
Each active student account in FreshGrade requires a signed consent form. This was true for last year too however due to some privacy related changes, the consent and onboarding process for this year is a little different than previous years.
All students who have FreshGrade portfolios for your class must have completed the appropriate consent form:
- Elementary / Middle School – FreshGrade Consent Form
- High School – FreshGrade Consent Form for High School Students AND FreshGrade Letter and Request Form for Parents of High School Students
Please read through these steps carefully:
- Schools or individual teachers will distribute the consent form to parents. If you are unsure if a consent form was already sent in the parent pack-up, check with your Principal.
- Once the signed forms have been returned, teachers may invite parents through FreshGrade to join their class. Students in grades 4 and higher are also required to sign the consent form.
- The signed forms must be given to the Principal or Administrative Assistant who will activate the accounts through Tools for Schools.
- All student accounts will continue to work until September 30 after which time, only the accounts that have been activated through Tools for Schools will work. All others will be disabled.
Go to Tools for Schools https://www.sd61.bc.ca/staff-support-portal/tools-for-schools/ and then “Student FreshGrade Access” and follow the instructions. Only Principals, Vice-Principals, Administrative Assistants and Teacher Librarians have permissions to Grant Access. Teachers have the ability to look up which students have access and run a class report but not to make any access level changes.
If you require assistance setting up your class, please log a Help Desk ticket and the support team will get back to you shortly.
- FreshGrade Step-by-Step Quick Guide for Teachers (web site)
- FreshGrade Full Getting Started Guide for Teachers (.pdf)
- FreshGrade Parent Information Sheet (.pdf)
- SD61 FreshGrade for Parents resource page
- 51 Ways to use FreshGrade (.pdf)
- Innovative Assessment Practices with FreshGrade
- Case Study: Fostering Student Ownership
- How to communicate with ESL/ELL parents using FreshGrade
Freshgrade also provides a lengthy list of videos to support implementation and best practices in the following areas:
- Introduction to Portfolios
- Introduction to Assessments
- FreshTips and Advanced Techniques
- Best Practices for K-3 Teachers
- Best Practices for 4-8 Teachers
- Best Practices for 9-12 Teachers
- FreshGrade for Special Education
- How to Use FreshGrade in an ESL/ELL Classroom
- Expert Panel on Portfolios and Assessments