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Latest Improvements to SBG (D9)

July 3, 2018

QuickSchools is proud announce several improvements to our Standards-Based Gradebook (or “SBG” for short).

In Sprint D8, we announce a new ability to set the grading scale by subject. With the latest Sprint D9 release, we know support the following:

Decaying Weights Scale

When setting up a scale for your SBG, there is now an option for “Decaying Weights”:

Decaying Weights Scale in Standards-Based Gradebook

Decaying Weights Scale in Standards-Based Gradebook

Once you’ve set up weightages, the system will weight only the most recent assessments, based on the weightages that you’ve specified:

Calculated Decaying Weights Score for Standard

Calculated Decaying Weights Score for Standard

Please be sure to check the “Use this gradebook settings”. Otherwise, your gradebook will use the settings set at the school level.

Power Law Scale

Similar to the “Decaying Weights” scale, the “Power Law” scale appears as an option in the settings for the Standards-Based Gradebook. There is nothing else to set.

Power Law Scale in Standards Based Gradebook

The “Power Law” follows a standard calculation that rewards growth trends, despite average performance. You can mouse of over the scale to see how it looks like:

Calculated Power Law Score for Standard

Calculated Power Law Score for Standard

Again, don’t forget to check the “Use this gradebook settings”. Otherwise, your gradebook will use the settings set at the school level.

Weighted Average by Standard

Finally, there is now a third option when calculating the overall score for a subject using standards. Instead of using “Percentage Complete” or “Average”, you can now use a “Weighted Average by Standard” scale. When you select this option, you can decide how each standard (used in your Gradebook) is weighted:

Weighted Average by Standard in Standards-Based Gradebook

Weighted Average by Standard in Standards-Based Gradebook

The final grade calculation is also shows when you mouse over it:

Calculation for Overall Grade with Weighted Average by Standard

Coming Soon

We expect several more improvements to the Standards-Based Gradebook, mainly around the interface, so that it’s easier to analyze data and make decisions around your students. Please feel free to make suggestions via the comments below, or via our chat support.

If you are new to Standards-Based Grading, please feel free to check out articles on this blog, or on our support site. You can also pay for training via online webinar. Let us know if you’re interested in this option as well.

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