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What is ActiveGrade(TM)

Overview of features of ActiveGrade, an online gradebook for Standards-Based Grading
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Michal L

on 12 May 2011

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1. Teacher View 2. Student View A teacher can see the class
standards across the top. The colored boxes help a
teacher quickly see which
students need help... ...and which subjects need
more attention. Ellen can choose which class
to look at here. The standards or topics for the class are written on the horizontal axis. Ellen can see the different levels of mastery on the vertical axis. Notice that Ellen has selected standard number 11... A frame slides out from the right showing her the full name of the standard, her history with that standard, and her teacher's feedback. Parents can log in to this view too. They can easily see what their child has mastered and the topics in which their child might need help. Welcome to ActiveGrade, an online gradebook for Standards-Based Grading In this presentation, you will get an overview of the 3 major components of the program. The gradebook is the teacher's main view. Here's what she can see in an instant. Here the teacher can easily add assessment scores and comments. She can also select a student's name to see the student's view - let's go look at it now. When a student logs in to their account, they will see their mastery level in each topic/standard displayed in bar graph form. Here's what they can do: But before grades are entered, teachers and administrators use the ActiveGrade interface to customize their class settings - check it out! 3. Administrative Features B. Standard-Level Scale Note: We believe students should be graded on their mastery of key skills and concepts, not on their performance over time. Averaging punishes students for not understanding something early in a class, so we provide formulas that reflect current mastery. Though it is possible to average with ActiveGrade, we recommend you consider carefully before doing so. Choose the formula that matches your style of assessment in each standard! In the bottom 1/2 of the screen, you can see how your grading policy would affect different types of students. For example: The score of a typically high performer with one bad day will not be adversely affected when using a decaying average formula. Why set different scales for each topic or standard? It may not be appropriate to score different topics the same way. For example:
When scoring students' mastery of certain skills, like adding, it makes sense to weight their recent scores the most with a decaying average.
When scoring their ability to be on time, it makes sense to average their scores. Otherwise, a student who was late all year except the last 2 days would have a great score even though he likely hadn't "mastered" the art of punctuality. An average gives a better picture of his responsibility in this area. C. Grading Policy Teachers can set natural
criteria for grades. In this example, students have to meet 2 criteria to get an "A":
Have an average of at least a "3" in ALL Standards
AND a minimum of "3.5" in the CORE standards The Grading Policy is where the teacher or administrators determine how all of the standard/topic/skill scores get combined to generate overall grades. A. Making Standards Enter standards easily.
Add detailed information.
Tag standards. Why tag standards?
Define grades by students' mastery of particular skill sets (e.g. to get an "A" you have to reach a certain mastery of advanced topics in addition to core topics).
Coming Soon: Build queries based on tags (e.g. "how are 9th graders doing in "core standards?" "How many are excelling in 'advanced topics?'") You can set different scales for each standard or topic.
Choose the max and min score possible.
Choose the formula by which multiple assessments for the same standard are combined together.
Determine the color scale.
Name each level of mastery. The admin screens are where you will enter students and standards, and create customized grading policies. It's a hard problem to portray a student's abilities with a number or letter grade, but we have to keep track of so many students, and there is a limit to our time. ActiveGrade lets you give specific, tailored feedback to students without asking you to give up all your free time. In this part, we will focus on 3 of the most important features. ActiveGrade is a gradebook made by educators with a passion for personal, empowering feedback. We're using standards-based grading and cloud-based technology to give students feedback about their learning, teachers feedback about their lessons, and administrators feedback about their schools - all in real time, with as little hassle as possible. Please contact us to get involved! Want more information on this feature? http://activegrade.com/blog/?p=58 http://activegrade.com/blog/?p=78 Want more information on this screen?: http://activegrade.com/blog/?p=270 Want to become an ActiveGrade Pilot School? www.activegrade.com
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