For grading standards in Skedula, a Standard Grades Template should be set up. For Standards Based Grading you may or may not want to include all numerical values but only the Level Scale such as "1"," 2" ,"3" and "4"
Where to Start
Go to the "Settings" tab then "Standard Valid Grades"
Choose the course that should have a Standards Grading Template from the "Select a Course:" drop down menu
Step 7 will allow you to save to multiple courses
Scroll down the page to the "Standards Based Grading" portion of the page. By default all Undefined Numerical Marks are accepted into the Standards Based Gradebook with the check box selected.We suggest un-checking this selection for Standards Based Grading
Select a grading template from the drop down menu provided. Any template listed with Special after it indicates that the marks of Absent, Excused, Missing, Incomplete are included
Mark defines the grades accepted while grading Standards
These Marks can be any keystroke from a keyboard
Comments appear next to a students Mark on PupilPath. Comments are automatically entered when using a mark from a Grading Template
Description can be used to for referencing purposes. Descriptions are kept within the template and are not displayed in PupilPath
Conversion values convert the marks into a Percentage for average calculation.
Conversion value can also be left blank to exclude a mark from being averaged
Minimum Value would be used for the Standards Based Grading feature. Set the range of scores (Conversion - Min Value) to convert back to the Mark on the template to assign Marks to Standards.
Proficient marks should be listed as yes or no
Grade Type indicates if the Mark is either a "Grade" with as a score value or a "Special" value such as Absent or Excused.
Marks listed with "Grade" is for the final average output. "Special" marks are restricted to the Gradebook
All templates can be customized or created from scratch. The "Create New Template" button will provide a blank template to be completed. "Edit Template" allows changes in an existing Standards Based Grading Template
When creating a new template give it a unique name
Click the "Share this template" box to share the template with other users
Once the template for a Mark has been completed, "Save" or "Delete" the mark with the buttons displayed
Add another Mark by clicking the "Add New Mark" option
Once complete be sure to "Apply Changes" at the top right corner of the window
After creating the template, it will be displayed under your email address
Reselectthe template in order to save to a course(s)
Being that there is no exact science to how standards are graded in schools, we provide different methods to produce a Standard Average. See below for a details on each "Outcome Formula" listed
Lets say a student earned the following marks below on standards
- "Standard Average" - Straight average on all grades for the standard. (85+55+75+75+75+85+55+95+85+95) / 10 = 78 which is then converted to a 2 (min value 70, max value 79.9) which is the standard average
- "Decaying Average" - Last grade on the standard is weighted 60% in the average, all prior standard grades are weighted at 40% .6 * 85 + .4 * ((55+75+75+75+85+55+95+85+95) / 9) = 81.9 which is then converted to a 3 (min value 80, max value 89) which is the standard average
- "Proficient/Instances" - Average is calculated by dividing the number of proficient grades on the standard by the total number of times the grade has been graded. The result is a percentage which then is converted to a grade using the valid grade standard grade table.Proficient grades are 3, 3, 4, 3 and 4. 5/10 = 50% which translates to a 1, which is the standard average
- "Most Recent Standard" - The average is the most recent grade on the standard.The standard average is a 3
- "Highest Standard Score" - The average is the highest grade on the standard.The standard average is a 4
- "Highest Mode" - The average is the standard grade that occurred the most. If more than one grade occurred the most, the higher grade is used.The grades of 2 and 3 occur 3 times each, more than any other grade. Since 3 is higher, the standard average is a 3
These settings can be locked across all or one course to prevent users from changing the settings
Save the selected template by clicking "Save to..." in the top right corner of the page
Select the courses which should use this template and "Apply Changes"
To learn more about Back to School Setup, see the lessons in IO Classroom, Back to School Setup.