This article will teach you how to influence the way standards-based grades impact scores up the hierarchy beyond what is determined by your calculation mode. The options discussed allow you to control whether grades from previous grading periods will continue to have weight in the current grading period, whether grades impact those in hierarchical levels above them, and if a single unified grade will calculate above the top level of the hierarchy. This provides you with the means to further customize your grading scale and how standards-based grades calculate in the gradebook and on the report card, so your scale can best match your school policy. The three options available to you are as follows:
- Standards-based scores persist across grading periods (they do NOT automatically reset)
- Scores for multiple standards roll up the hierarchy
- Show overall score for class
Standards-based scores persist across grading periods (they do NOT automatically reset)
With this option enabled, the gradebook is still separated by individual grading period; however, grades from previous grading periods will show in the current grading period. If the number of assignments set on the grading scale calculation exceeds the number available in the current grading period, the calculation will use scores from the previous grading period to produce a learning target score. For example, if there are two assignments for LT.a in trimester 3, and the grading scale is set to Median of Recent 5 assignments, the system will look at trimester 2, and then trimester 1, in order to find five total assignments for that learning target. If this setting is enabled, there is not a way to exclude grades from previous grading periods from grade calculations.
Scores for multiple standards roll up the hierarchy
When enabled, scores for lower level targets will be averaged together to produce a score for the top level target under which they are nested. If three or more levels are used, this process continues until a score for the highest level of targets is reached. Scores are only able to be entered on the lowest hierarchical learning target level, with higher tiers being calculated based on those scores; parent learning target scores cannot be entered independently.
Show overall score for class
With this option enabled, a single score will be calculated by averaging the top-level parent target scores, effectively adding a level to the top of the learning target hierarchy, yielding one overall score for the class.