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mm States Patent 72] lnventor Clyde M. Evans Box 268, Rio Grande, Ohio 45674  App]. No. 820,129  Filed Apr. 29, 1969  Patented Dec. 7, 1971  FORM SET 1 Claim, 3 Drawing Figs.
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 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,181,482 5/1916 Roede1l& Schauer 282/23 R Britton Lubin... Wolf Glassman 5/1968 Singer 1/1970 Lanigan .4
FOREIGN PATENTS 7/1936 Great Britain Primary Examiner-Robert W. Michell Alrorney- Francis T. Kremblas, .lr.
282/23 R 282/23 R 282/28 R 282/23 R 282/28 R 282/23 R ABSTRACT: A form set adapted for posting student grades or the like characterized by a plurality of cards detachably connected to one another in a superimposed relationship with each card provided with a window to expose a label portion removably mounted on the lowermost card in the set.
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CLYDE M EVANS miwy ATTORNEY FORM SET The present invention relates generally to form sets and particularly to a novel improved form set particularly adaptable for posting student grades or the like.
Most educational institutions not large enough to justify the expense of completely automatic and computerized processing systems have for many years faced a rather difficult problem in processing all grades substantially all by hand at the end of each term. The end of each term represents a particularly busy time for school administrations even apart from the time-consuming task of processing and posting final grades.
Registration at the beginning of each term has been aided in most cases by the use of automated stamping or printing apparatus to stamp certain data on printed form grade cards such as the students name and the particular course of study. The general procedure usually followed requires the grade cards to be sent to the individual instructors at the close of the term for recordal of final grade. The grade cards are then returned to the administrative offices for sorting and distribution of the cards to the students.
Prior to the present invention, the final grades were transferred to each students permanent transcript by typing the necessary information of final grade, number of credit hours, and credit points onto the transcript.
Particularly in view of the heavy workload at this time of the school year, the number of secretary hours required to transfer this information to the transcripts by typing represents a heavy burden to school administrations.
As one aspect of the present invention, a grade card form set is provided with a removable label portion adapted to carry final grade information for transfer to the student's permanent transcript.
As another aspect of the present invention, the grade cards form sets are adapted in a manner to permit automated printing or stamping apparatus to be used to place the grade information on the removable label portion without altering the necessary card construction for use with conventional handsorting systems and thereby eliminate the prior necessity of typing this information on the transcripts.
It is therefore a primary object of the present invention to provide an improved grade card form set which permits a substantial reduction of labor in the processing and recording of final grades.
It is another object of the present invention to provide an improved grade form set of the type described which reduces the possibility of errors occurring during the transfer of infor mation from the grade cards to the permanent transcript.
It is still another object of the present invention to provide an improved grade form set of the type described which is relatively simple and inexpensive to manufacture in quantity.
Further objects and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings wherein a preferred form of embodiment of the invention is clearly shown.
IN THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a grade card form set constructed in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the grade card form set shown in FIG. 1 with the top sheets displaced to expose a portion of the base card; and
FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the back of the grade card form set shown in FIG. 1, illustrating a modified embodiment relative to removably mounting the label portion to the form set, the label portion being shown in a removed position.
Referring specifically to the drawings, a grade card form set constructed in accordance with the present invention is illustrated in FIGS. 1 through 3 and includes a plurality of cards, indicated generally at 20.
Each individual card 22 of the form set is provided with a plurality of superimposed holes 24 surrounding the outer border which are utilized with conventional manual-sorting apparatus wherein a given set of holes 24 represent given data by which the cards may be sorted into given categories.
Cards 22 also include predetermined areas for carrying predetermined information dependent upon the individual circumstances of the particular application and preferably are removably joined together along their upper edges 23.
An opening or window 25 is provided in each card 22 with the exception of the lowermost card 27 in the set.
A label portion 28 is removably mounted on the front face of card 27 is alignment with windows 25 in the other cards 22 to expose label portion 28 with the form set in the normal closed position shown in FIG. 1.
The back surface of label portion 28 preferably includes a coating of a conventional pressure-sensitive adhesive material of the permanent type. The area of lowermost card 27 in alignment with windows 25 is treated with conventional chemicals such as are used on the backing paper of conventional gum labels to permit label portion 28 to be firmly held in position on card 27 and also to be relatively easily removed without damaging the adhesive material on the back surface of label portion 28.
Now referring to FIG. 3 a modified embodiment is shown illustrating a slightly different construction with relation to removably mounting label portion 28 to the form set of the present invention.
In the modification illustrated in FIG. 3, the lowermost card 27 also includes a window 25 aligned with the windows 25 in the other cards 22. However, label portion 28 is removably mounted on a tag portion 26 which in turn is attached to the back surface of lowermost card 27 in a position to align label portion 28 with windows 25.
Tag portion 26 preferably is attached to the back of the bottommost card 27 by an adhesive material disposed along the upper border of tag portion 26. However other means may be used to attach tag portion 26 to the back of the card in a manner which provides access to label portion 28 without departing from the spirit of the present invention.
Preferably tag portion 26 comprises a treated paper such as is used as backing material for conventional gummed labels to permit label portion 28 to be easily removed therefrom without destroying the adhesive quality of the adhesive material on the rear surface of the label portion 28, which is of the permanent adhesive type.
For purposes of illustration, a typical procedure for the registration of students and the posting of final grades using the form set of the present invention will be described.
The form set 20 is manufactured as shown with all standard information or indicia necessary for a particular use printed thereon such as illustrated immediately below window 25 with the designation of Mid-Semester Grade and Final Report and Final Grade." Other infonnation that would normally appear is not shown.
The administrative personnel of a college, for example, would first stamp the name of the particular courses in the curriculum on a given number of grade card form sets such as at 32. The students then secure the proper prestamped grade card set during registration and has his name and address stamped on the cards as indicated at 34.
The back portion of each card 22 is provided with carbontransfer backing material, except for the lowermost card, so that this information is transferred to each card 22 in the form set.
The students then file these form sets in the administrative offices where they are sent to the appropriate instructors at the close of midterm and final examinations for recordal of grades as indicated at 36.
The instructors then return the grade card fonn sets to the administrative offices where they are sorted into stacks according to letter grade, credit hours, and credit points.
Then each stack is processed through automated stamping apparatus to print the final grade, number of credit hours, and the credit point total onto each label portion 28 of each form set.
The individual cards 22 are then separated from the form set for distribution to the students and their parents. The lowermost card 27 carrying the label portion 28 is retained and the label portion is removed and transferred to the students permanent transcript.
With respect to the embodiment of FIGS. 1 and 2, the user merely peels label portion 28 away from the front surface of card 27 which has been chemically treated as described herein. In order to facilitate the removal of label portion 28, it preferably comprises a paper material of somewhat greater thickness and rigidity than conventional writing paper and the like.
With respect to the embodiment shown in FIG. 3, the size of tag portion 26 may be larger than illustrated, if desired, and it may be more securely attached to the back of card 27, without departing from the spirit of the present invention. However, it is desirable to attach tag portion 26 in a manner which facilitates access to label portion 28 to allow for ease and quickness in the removal of the label portion.
lt should be pointed out that the use of the form set of the present invention eliminated all typing which was formerly required at a 50 percent reduction in the total time required for the transfer of this grade information to the permanent transcript.
Further, it has been noted that a great reduction of errors in the transfer of grade information to the transcript has been realized using the form set of the present invention as compared to the prior forms and methods formerly used,
In addition, the form set of the present invention provides a manner in which a more uniform record is obtained, such as course abbreviations and the like, as compared to manual typing of information wherein individuals tend to adopt their own abbreviations which leads to confusion.
While the form of embodiment of the present invention as herein disclosed constitutes a preferred form, it is to be understood that other forms might be adopted, all coming within the scope of the claims which follow:
l. A grading card form set comprising, in combination, a plurality of cards detachably connected in superimposed relationship to one another and each including predetermined areas defining space for student course and grade indicia, said spaces on each of said cards arranged to correspond with identical spaces on adjacent sheets, the back portion of said cards except the lowermost card including a layer of pressuresensitive (carbon) transfer material corresponding to the spaces for indicia, said lowermost card provided with a removably attached label portion mounted on the side opposite the upper cards and each of said cards provided with a window aligned with said label portion to expose said label portion therethrough.