Decaying Weights Scale
When setting up a scale for your SBG, there is now an option for “Decaying Weights”:
Once you’ve set up weightages, the system will weight only the most recent assessments, based on the weightages that you’ve specified:
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.
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:
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:
The final grade calculation is also shows when you mouse over it:
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.