After reviewing many grade book options, I settled on Master Grade by Maxium Developments, Inc. This can be found at: http://www.maxium.com/. This is compatible with a Mac, which was a necessity for me to use it. This program can calculate grades, put in assignments, take attendance, have a seating plan, includes comments, creates reports and can be published on the internet.
This software is extremely easy to use and appealing to the eye. All of the buttons are located on the left to get to any section necessary. Everything is easy to add and edit as the semester continues. One great feature is that the class list can include address, phone numbers and emails of the students. This could make contacting parents very easy. Also, when doing calculations, it is easy to change the grading procedure specific to each student. A scoring system can be created and used, instead of just number grades. The attendance list and seating chart, may be a necessity for a school.
If a whole school is using this, it is a good program because attendance can be taken and then put online. Also, class lists and comments could be uploaded easily and not written in by each teacher. If one class is using this, it will take some time to set it up and it will look different from other report cards coming from the school. The program would need to be used throughout the school, but it cannot integrate multiple subjects. If a school needed to send out a report card that included all of the student’s data on one, it would not be possible to do with this program.