General Information

Standards-Based Grading Scales:

  • Use terms to score questions rather than numerical point values.
  • Example: Mastery, Near Mastery, Approaching Mastery, Not at Mastery.
  • These are created and edited in the Main Admin account.
  • On an assessment, an incorrect answer will receive the lowest performance level, while a correct answer will receive the highest performance level. Performance levels that are in-between will have to be manually scored.
  • Assessments that use these grading scales will populate in the standards gradebook

Points Grading Scale:

  • Use numerical point values to score questions.
  • Example: questions worth 1 point, 5 points, etc.
  • Partial credit is a possibility with this type of grading scale using an advanced assessment.

When are grading scales used?

  • Creating Assessments: When assessments are created, a grading scale must be selected. This will determine how the questions on the assessment will be graded - will they be graded based on a standards-scale, or the points scale? It will also determine where in the gradebook the results from this assessment will populate. Standards-based scales will live in the standards gradebook, while the points grading scale will populate in the points gradebook. Note - currently, the grading scale can not be changed after the assessment has been created. 
  • Filtering the Gradebook: Particularly in the standards gradebook, the grading scales are located in a filter. In order to see the performance on a particular assessment, the correct grading scale must be selected in the filter. 
  • Standards Analytics: When running reports in Standards Analytics, you can filter your search by grading scales.
  • Report Cards: When running report cards, particularly standards-based report cards, you'll have to select the grading scale to use to run the reports.

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Standards-Based Grading Scale - Example using a Simple Assessment

  • When you create the assessment, choose the desired scale
  • Create a question
  • Student takes the assessment
  • Grade the question
  • When using a standards-based grading scale, the performance levels are the scoring options. The student doesn't earn numeric points, rather, they will earn a performance level that is provided by this grading scale.
  • The example above shows a score of Not at Mastery because the student got the question incorrect.
  • For the example above, since the student used multiplication instead of addition, you may decide to change that score to Approaching Mastery, then save:

What does this look like in the gradebook?

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Points Grading Scale - Example using a Simple Assessment

  • When you create the assessment, choose the Points scale
  • Create a question (make sure to designate the point value it is worth!)
  • Student takes the assessment
  • Grade the question
  • When using the Points grading scale, the student earns numeric points.
  • The example above shows a score of 0/1 because the student got the question incorrect.
  • For the example above, since the student used multiplication instead of addition, you may decide to change that score to 0.5/1, then save:

What does this look like in the gradebook?

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