Previously, you’d have to do some wonky workarounds to get a Standards Based Gradebook (SBGB) and Report Card (RC) to play nice. That’s no longer the case. SBGB values will be sent directly to the Report Card module—allowing standards-based grading to be done at the district/school level (rather than at just the teacher level).
Q: Can decimal values be used?
Q: What is a “strand” again?
A: A “strand” is a combination of standards. (Any standards.) This affords admins a high level of configuration and allows them to combine standards into “quasi-overall scores.”
Q: Why are there no weights for “standard/strand” RC field types?
A: Could you imagine the confusion? Could you imagine?!
Q: Why is Power Law not available for the standard/strand scores in RC?
A: Well, it’s not there for GB (yet), but will be available very, very soon
Where to Start
First, you will have to setup a new rubric-based Value Scale.
1. Click on the Grades tab.
2. Select Value Scales.
4. Give your Value Scale a name, we'd suggest something having to do with SBGB.
5. Click Create Scale.
You’ll notice you can now enter the whole value (instead of a percentage) for the lower bounds. This means a 1 = 1 instead of a 1/1 = 100%. You can also “translate” the fields by saying 1 = F. This is crucial since you can map values to “traditional grades” (e.g. A, B, C, D, F) or the performance level text (even more important).
6. Enter the Lower Bound.
7. Enter the Display Value.
8. For additional bands, click Add Bands, to Sort, select Sort Bands, and to Remove click Remove.
9. When finished select Save.
Next, setup the SBGB Score Field
1. Select the Grades tab.
2. Click Field Groups.
Once you've selected the field group you want this field in, (For extensive information on field groups click here) you will land in the Field Group List.
3. Click Add Field.
4. Give the field a name.
5. Field Type- Select “Assessment or GradeBook Score”.
6. Select the appropriate Value Scale.
7. Apply the new, fancy “Rubric (beta)” category weight aggregation algorithm.
8. Select the “Allow Teachers to Link GradeBooks” option. This is required.
9. Add your standard(s) using the standard selector (+).
10. Here’s where it gets tricky. Now you need to select an “Aggregate Calculation.” Gasp! What is this confounded thing?! This how the RC module is actually going to calculate the students’ grades based on the GB values. There are a ton of options, and it will look scary at first, but it’s really not that bad.
There are two levels of calculation:
a) Standard - Just like in a SBGB you can specify ways the assignment scores contribute to the “Standard Score”.
b) “Strand” - This is new. You can combine Standard Scores into a “Strand” much like you can combine Standard Scores into a GB Overall Score (in the SBGB).
Make sure to communicate to your teachers which calculation you are using!
Want an example?
Let’s say a student received a 3, 4, 4 on Standard 1.1 and you’ve chosen “minimum” for the “Standard Score.” This means that the student will receive a “3” for Standard 1.1.
Now, let’s say a student received a Standard Score of “5” on Standard 1.2 and (from our earlier example) a Standard Score of “3” for Standard 1.1.
Still with me?
If so, then let’s say you chose “maximum” for the “Strand.” This means the student will receive a “5” since that was the maximum value across the minimum values for the standards in the strand.(Ponder that for a moment.)
As always, the teachers will need to associate their assignments to the appropriate standards. Remember: It’s a one-to-one association.
The standard acts as the “common denominator” between the GB and the RC. Basically, the RC looks for the values assocaited to the standards selected for the RC field.
You absolutely need 2 things:
1) The correct standard(s) from the RC field.
2) The checkbox on the GB “Details” page must be selected.