What do you like best?
I like that Engrade allows me to enter the grades directly into the report card for students. Engrade also allows teachers to enter assignment, tests and quiz scores into a grade book. You have the option to use weighted grades. I also like that you can only enter the grades for that trimester. All teachers that the student has can access the report card. They can also leave comments.
What do you dislike?
As a Prep teacher (I teach computers) I need permission from the regular classroom teacher in order to enter the grades for my students. Until the classroom teacher gives me permission to enter grades for their class--I cannot enter the grades.
I dislike the comments box because it is not large enough and sometimes comments do not fit.
Recommendations to others considering the product
Engrade is easily accessible and saves grades automatically into the report card (whether you do it manually into the report card or use the gradebook). At our school district, we use EngradePro. You can also give a weight to different parts of the grade. I wish that the comment box would expand as you type.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
As a teacher, it really helps that I can digitally enter grades for my students. The grades are saved automatically and are easily accessible from any computer with internet. It also keeps everything aligned within the school district. All elementary schools in Fremont Unified use Engrade for their report cards. Previous grades can also be seen from other trimesters.