|This is a tutorial for using the classic view of the gradebook specifically in the Personal Finance High School 3rd edition. (For the new Grade-Grid design click here.)|
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The Gradebook is where you will go to review your students' submissions, assign points, and grade their work. To get started, first sign in at RamseyClassroom, find your class and click on Gradebook for your class.
The classic Gradebook has two views: Students or Content. Most of your time will be spent working under the Content tab. This allows you to go to a specific Chapter and content item, like a chapter post-test, and see all of your students and their activity on one screen.
The Student tab is good if you need to go into one particular student and review or grade a specific item. But most teachers will be grading the same item for multiple students in one sitting, so the Content tab will work best for most circumstances.
When a student submits their online assessments, the Guided Notes on the Video pages, or any other page that requires a student submission, you can find the answers in the gradebook. You will find the answers by going into that page in the gradebook for any particular student. Click on the grade in the right hand Score column. It will show you the student's answers and the correct answer in two side by side columns. So as you are reviewing their work and grading what you need to grade you can see the correct answers right on the screen. This is pop-up view of the student answers is what we call the grading modal.
We have a variety of assessments and things students will submit as they work through the class content on the site including multiple choice, fill-in-the-blanks, short answer and long form free-response (essay) questions. Different content items will have different assessment types. Multiple choice questions are auto-graded as right or wrong while the fill-in-the-blank questions (where students can type in a word or two as an answer) use a logic feature that will auto-score based on the correctness of a student's answer. Then we have free-response short answer and essay question, where students answers will vary widely. For these type of responses we use a credit for completion scoring (see below).
Submitting the Grade
After a student has submitted their work, our system auto-grades their work. But all of the items in the gradebook require the teacher to manually review and submit the grades before the grades are returned to the student.
At the top of the Gradebook's main page click on the Content tab. Then you can navigate into the chapter and pull up the item the students have just completed (a chapter post-test, for example). That brings up a list of the students and shows their interaction with that content item. You should easily be able to see which ones need to be graded. There will be a green dot to the left of the name of any student with new submissions. And in the right "Score" column you will see one of three possibilities.
- There will be the word Grade indicating the student has not submitted their work yet (usually no time spent has been recorded for the item).
- There will be a percent score in bold indicating you need to approve and submit or finalize the grade.
- There will be a percent grade not in bold indicating the grade has been submitted or finalized and returned to the student.
To grade a student's work, click on the bold percent score in the right hand Score column. The grading modal will pop up showing the student's answers on the left and the correct answers on the right. There is a point value and a score box showing the earned points for that question and a Submit Grade button at the bottom of the grading modal.
For multiple choice questions the score is calculated by the system based on the correct answer being chosen. These scores cannot be edited by the teacher. The score box is greyed out.
For fill in the blank answers we use a logic matching feature to read the student's answer and auto-score it for correctness. These will have a green shaded score box if judged to be a correct answer or a red shaded box and a zero score if judged to be incorrect. Teachers can override either of those and manually score those questions by typing a new score in the box.
Short answer and essay questions are now auto-scored and will be given the fully points value if the student attempted an answer. Teachers can manually override and type in a lower score for each question as needed.
Teachers will finalize the grade by clicking the Submit Grade button at the bottom of the grading modal.
Alternatively at the top of the Score column teachers can click the Submit Grades option which approves and returns all of the system calculated grades for all students for that item in the gradebook.
Credit for Completion is a feature that simplifies the grading process by giving students full credit for all completed short-answer and essay questions regardless of quality or correctness. This feature is now on for all classes, saving teachers time and clicks. Teachers can always override the amount of credit given for individual questions.
Allow Retake is a feature that allows you to selectively give a student the ability to retake and resubmit any gradable item. For any item in the gradebook click the Allow Retake option. The student’s grade and previous answers will be deleted. They will then be able to retake the assessment.
Download the Gradebook as a CSV file. Where you see "Students" and "Content" at the top of the main gradebook page. Click Students. Look for the cloud icon with a down arrow to the left of "Students." Click the cloud icon to save the CSV file to your computer and open in any spreadsheet application.