Student Assignment Grades: Standards-Based
Student Assignment Grades: Skills-Referenced

Grades > Student Assignment Grades OR Grades > Assignment Grades

      For TxEIS users, this page is used for courses using standards-based grades.

      For iTCCS users, this page is used for courses using skills-referenced grades.

The Student Assignment Grades: Standards-Based/Skills-Referenced page allows you to view and enter a student's scores in a particular course section for a semester/cycle.

View a student's scores:

1.        You can access the page in either of the following ways:

      From the Grades menu, select Student Assignment Grades.

      From the Grades menu, select Assignment Grades.

o      The standards-based/skills-referenced Assignment Grades page is displayed allowing you to select the course section for which you want to enter scores.

o      Retrieve a standards-based/skills-referenced course, and then click a student's name.

The Student Assignment Grades: Standards-Based/Skills-Referenced page is displayed allowing you to view and enter a student's data.

2.        If you arrived at the page from the standards-based/skills-referenced Assignment Grades page, the Semester, Cycle, Student, and Course Section fields are set to the values entered on the previous page. Otherwise, use the following fields to retrieve the semester, cycle, student, and course section:

      The Semester field displays the current semester by default. Click drop-down arrow to view another semester.

      The Cycle field displays the current cycle by default. Click drop-down arrow to view another cycle.

      In the Student field, click drop-down arrow to select the student.

      In the Course Section field, click drop-down arrow to select the course section for which you want to enter scores. Only standards-based/skills-referenced courses are listed.

Note:

If you marked the course as ready to post on the Cycle Grades page, the message "[READY]" is displayed in the Course Section drop-down list next to the course.

3.        Click Retrieve Data. The following data is displayed:

      The student's data for the semester/cycle is displayed; however, standards/skills and standard sets/skillsets are listed if they were part of any of the student's assignment during the semester. For example, a standard/skill that was only assigned to an assignment in cycle 1 is displayed in the list for later cycles; however, the assignments and their related scores for previous cycles are not displayed.

      Click the note icon empty note icon in the column heading to view or update properties for the assignment. The Grade Properties pop-up window opens allowing you to add comments or indicators associated with an assignment (e.g., excluded, late, re-do, or missing).

Enter comments and/or select the appropriate indicator(s), and then click Ok.

o      If there is no grade for the assignment, it cannot be marked as late or re-do.

o      If evidence of mastery of the skill/standard could not be determined, click the appropriate button to display the message in the comments text box.

      If you click Absent, the message is No Evidence Absent.

      If you click Refusal, the message is No Evidence Refusal.

      If you click Transfer, the message is No Evidence Transfer.

You can select multiple messages.

o      If you want the indicators and/or comments to print on the student's IPR and display to the parents in txConnect, select Print comment.

o      Depending on the options and comments, entered, the following icons are displayed next to, or in place of, the assignment grade.

      If the assignment grade is excluded (e.g., for a transfer student), the Exclude indicator red icon is displayed. The grade will continue to be displayed in the field.

Note:

If an assignment is excluded for a student, and you have entered a number in the # Drop field on the Administer Categories page (indicating that you want to drop a specified number of assignments for a category), the assignment grade does not count toward the number that will be dropped. Only non-excluded grades are dropped.

      If the assignment grade is marked as late or re-do (but not excluded), the Late indicator yellow (late) or Re Do Indicator yellow (re-do) icon is displayed.

      If the assignment is incomplete, the incomplete icon icon is displayed.

      If the assignment is missing, the missing icon orange icon is displayed.

Note:

Your comments and/or selections are not actually saved until you type your PIN and click Save to save all data on this page. When you click Ok, it only saves your notes until you save all data on this page.

o      If you entered comments or marked an assignment as excluded, late, or re-do, the note icon next to the grade changes to indicate that grade properties exist. You can click the note icon to change the grade properties.

      If the assignment grade is marked as excluded, the Exclude indicator note pink icon is displayed.

      If the assignment grade is marked as late or re-do, the late redo indicator note orange icon is displayed

      If the assignment grade has comments but is not marked as excluded, late, or re-do, the Note indicator yellow icon is displayed.

      To view the comments or indicators for an assignment, click the icon. The Grade Properties window opens and displays comments and indicators that were previously entered.

o      Make any changes, if necessary, and then click Ok.

o      To close the Grade Properties dialog box without making changes, click Cancel.

o      Each assignment for the semester/cycle is displayed in a column. If a standard/skill is assigned to the assignment during the cycle, an input field is displayed. Existing scores are displayed; otherwise, the field is blank. You can add or update the score fields.

The score must be within the range of the rubric grid, as defined by the district. You can enter whole numbers or a number with one decimal place (e.g., 3.5).

If you click a standard/skill, the Standard/Skill Score Trend dialog box opens. This displays line chart depicting the student's progress for the standard/skill. The vertical line represents the standard scores as established by the district, and the horizontal line represents the assignments that are associated with the selected standard/skill. The data is display only. Click Close to close the dialog box.

      The Score column displays the student's overall score for the assignment for all cycles in the semester. The score is either the higher score of the average (Avg column) and the power law average (PL column) or the override score if it exists. The override score is always displayed if it exists in any cycle in the semester.

      The PL (power law) column displays the student's average for the assignment based on the power law formula, which is described in the Calculate Averages How To guide (PDF).

      The Avg column displays the student's current average for the standard/skill, which is calculated by adding scores for all assignments associated with the standard/skill, and dividing by the number of assignments.

Note:

The average displayed will reflect scores from all assignments associated with the standard/skill, including previous cycles in the semester. For example, if it is currently cycle 3 of the semester, and the standard/skill was associated with assignments in cycles 2 and 3, the average will reflect scores for the entire semester, even though only cycle 3 is displayed.

      The Mode column displays the mode if one exists. The mode is the skill score that appears most often for the semester to date. It is cumulative for the semester, not just the current cycle. There can be more than one mode.

Note:

·       If all scores occur the same number of times, there is no mode, and the column is blank.

·       If two or more scores are tied for most number of occurrences (i.e., bi-modal or multi-modal), all will be displayed.

Examples:

·       If the student's skill scores for the semester are 1, 2, 4, 2, the mode is 2.

·       If the student's skill scores for the semester are 1, 1, 3, 2, 4, 2, the mode is 1,2.

·       If the student's skill scores for the semester are 1, 2, 3, 4, there is no mode.

      In the Override field, you can type an override score for the standard/skill. If an override score is entered, it overrides the scores in the PL and Avg columns, and it will always be displayed in the Score field.

o      The override score must be within the range of the rubric grid, as defined by the district. You can enter whole numbers or a number with one decimal place (e.g., 3.5).

o      If an override score was entered in a previous cycle in the semester, the score is carried over to the later cycles in the semester. However, if you enter an override score after cycle 1, it only applies to the current and later cycles for the semester.

Note:

If you want to dismiss an override grade for the entire semester, it must be cleared in all cycles of the semester.

      For each skillset, the Standard/Skill Set Score row displays the average of all overall standard/skill scores for each standard set/skillset.

o      The average does not include scores of 0, unless a 0 exists in the rubric grid. It is rounded to one decimal place.

o      This average is cumulative for all cycles in the semester.

      The Total Score row at the bottom of the table displays the average of all Standard/Skill Set Scores.

Note:

For iTCCS users, the following applies:

·       A particular skillset may be excluded from grade calculations, based on a district-level option for the skillset. If a skillset has been excluded from grade calculation, any skill scores for the skillset will not be included in the student's grade average; however, the grades will be displayed.

·       The campus has the option to specify a specific score to use for student grades in all courses that uses skills-referenced grading (Mode and average, Power Law and average, Mode and Power Law, or All). If the campus has specified a specific score, that score is used as the students' average. If All is selected, the highest of the scores is used.

      The Conversion Grade row at the bottom of the table displays the standard 100%-based grade, which is a conversion from the Total Score. The conversion scale is determined by the district in the Student system.

4.        The averages are updated every time you access the page, click Calculate Averages, or save the scores.

5.        Before you leave the page, you must save the data. Any data that has changed since the last time you saved your scores is indicated by gray shading in the table cell.

      In the PIN field, type your four-digit PIN. The field is disabled for inquiry-only users.

      Click Save Grades.

o      If your changes were saved successfully, the page reloads, and a message is displayed indicating that the grades were saved successfully.

o      If you typed your PIN incorrectly, the system notifies you that you provided an invalid PIN. You must provide the correct PIN to continue.

      If you change any data on the page and then attempt to leave this page without saving the changes, a warning message is displayed. This includes attempting to change the Semester, Cycle, Student, or Course Section fields before you save changes.

o      Click Continue to leave this page without saving your changes.

o      Click Cancel to return to the page and save your changes.

6.        You can change the Semester, Cycle, Student, and Course Section fields to retrieve data for another semester/cycle and student.

7.        Click Back to the Assignment Grades to return to the standards-based/skills-referenced Assignment Grades page.