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➡️ What is Term Conversion?
Term Conversion allows you to display numerical (points) percentage ranges as terms, and to display each term as a numerical (points) percentage.
The "terms" in Term Conversion refer to the words, letters, or numbers used to identify each performance level in a standards grading scale.
The terms used will depend on your district's Grading Scales.
➡️ What happens when Term Conversion is enabled for a particular grading scale?
Users will have the option to view standards data as either terms or points percentages in the Standards gradebook.
Administrators will have the option to display standards data as either terms or points percentages on Report Cards.
Term conversion impacts the way that certain Mastery Settings are calculated (click here for details on each Mastery Setting and the role that term conversion plays).
How to Set Up Term Conversion
❗ In order to access Term Conversion in Grading Scales, you must be logged into the Main Admin account.
Step 1: Locate the Term Conversion option for the selected Grading Scale
Within the Main Admin account, select Control Center from the lefthand toolbar.
You are automatically taken to the Grading Scales page after entering the Control Center. From here, you will see a list of all grading scales for your district.
Click the ellipsis to the right of the appropriate Grading Scale and select Term Conversion.
Step 2: Enter your chosen numeric ranges and percentages
When viewing the Term Conversion for a specific grading scale, you will notice two different sections. Both sections must be completed in order to save the term conversion.
The left section will take a numeric value that falls within the identified ranges and change it to each "term" on the scale. For instance, in Example 1 below, any score between 90% and 100% will convert to an "A." In Example 2, any score between 80% and 100% will convert to "Exceeds."
The right section will award the identified numeric value to the corresponding term when a non-numeric grading scale is used.
💡 Tip from the Otus Team: For best results, we recommend balancing the left and right sides of the conversion so that the numeric values applied to each term on the right fall also fall within the numeric ranges that convert to the term on the left.
Example 1: A,B,C,D,F
Example 2: Exceeds, Meets, Approaching, Not at Standard
Standards Gradebook View with Term Conversion Enabled
Points Grading Scale Selected: In the image below, term conversion is enabled for the Mastery, Near Mastery, Approaching Mastery, Not at Mastery grading scale. Viewing standards grades as Points displays data from both grading scales as a numeric percentage.
Standards Grading Scale Selected: In the image below, term conversion is enabled for the Mastery, Near Mastery, Approaching Mastery, Not at Mastery grading scale. When the Mastery scale is selected, users will also see data from points-based assessments showing as terms.
Otus Live Video
Below is a video from our Otus Live Series on using term conversion to grade students on Points and Standards.