This lesson will show you how to create a new Standards-Based Gradebook (e.g., for a particular section/period/class of students and/or subject area) in Illuminate. If you will be using GradeBooks scores for Report Cards, make sure to check with your district for calculations used on the Report Cards.
Where to Start
1. Click Gradebook
2. Select My GradeBooks.
3. Select the type of Gradebook you wish to create, in this case Standards Based.
4. Click Next.
Setting Up Your Gradebook
You will create multiple gradebooks for each period or subject you report out on in your report card. You will repeat this process for as many gradebooks you need. If you are planning to push the gradebook grades to report cards, it is important that your gradebooks match the subjects in your report card.
- Give the GradeBook a name.
Typically Gradebook Titles match that of a report card such as Reading or English Language Arts. For Secondary, it could be titled Period 1 Geometry or 03 Economics.
- This is the overall score given to the student for assignments aligned to the same standard. For example: The student has been given marks for three assignments aligned to standard LA.1.1. Let's say he/she receives a 1, 2, and 3. If the user selects "Maximum Value" for the overall standard score then the student would receive a 3.
- Most recent: The standard score will equal the most recent score in the GradeBook linked to any given standard.\L\L
- Maximum: The standard score will equal the highest score in the GradeBook linked to any given standard.\L\L
- Minimum: The standard score will equal the lowest score in the GradeBook linked to any given standard.\L
- Decaying Average (60% newest): The standard score will equal the average of all the scores linked to a standard but weighs the most recent score at 60%.\L
- Decaying Average (75% newest): The standard score will equal the average of all the scores linked to a standard but weighs the most recent score at 75%.\L\L Why use a decaying average? Because a decaying average rewards learning. Traditional averaging punishes students for not mastering a standard right away. Low scores at the beginning of a grading period will hold the average down, even if students master the standard by the end of the grading period. A decaying average weighs the most recent score the most, allows students to learn from their mistakes, and rewards students for learning. If a student starts off with high scores that later drop significantly, a decaying average will alert students, parents, and teachers to a potential problem much more quickly. Perhaps the assessments weren't valid, or the student was cheating, or there’s something going on outside of school? If a low score is a one-time fluke, the student’s score will recover quickly.
- Mean (Average): The standard score will equal the average of all scores in the GradeBook linked to any given standard.
- Power Law: This is a calculation based off of Marzano's work with standards-based grading. In essence, the power law formula predicts what the student’s next score will be based on scores already present. In my example you'll notice the scores show continuous improvement, which impacts his/her standard score.
The selections made above are traditionally in similar notion to your Organization's grading practices.
- This is the score given to the student based on his/her performance across multiple standards.
- Let's extend the example above and say that in addition to the three assignments aligned to LA.1.1 the student has received three additional scores aligned to MA.1.1 (again using the maximum value).
- Pretend the student received a 1, 1, and 1 this time, so his/her standard score would be a 1. So...if the user selects "Minimum Value" for the overall GradeBook score then the student's grade would be a 1 in the instance.
- This will default to No Rounding, but you can chose to Round Up or Round Down. Round Up means the value will round to the higher level (i.e. 3.12 or 3.76 will both round up to 4). Round Down means the value will round down (i.e. 3.12 or 3.76 will be a 3).
The Grade Scale will default to reflect the Common Core State Standard 4 point scale, however, you can customize this in a few ways:
- You can change the Label by deleting what is in the box and typing in what you like.
- You can delete a band by clicking on the trash can.
- You can change the color of the band by clicking the color square to the left of it.
- You can + Add Mark, and it will add to the top of the scale.
- You can change the value by clicking in the Value box. The Grade Scale can be set up using decimals to the hundredths decimal place, i.e. Through Understanding- 2.50, Adequate Understanding- 2.00, etc.
This is where you choose your students, typically By Class or section tied to rosters and master scheduling.
- In Select Classes, your rostered students and classes should be available. Choose the class of students to tie to this gradebook
Adding students not rostered is a great way for interventionists, TOSAs, or those without officially rosters but wants to collect and organize opportunities of learning in a Gradebook. However, when adding students manually, this gradebook will not:
- Display in Parent/Student Portal, or
- Link to Elementary or Secondary Report Cards
- Select Save to save the Gradebook and send you directly into the GradeBook to get started.
- In the event that you need to remove the GradeBook, select Delete GradeBook.
- Select Cancel to not save the Gradebook and go back.