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Grade Book: Setting Up an Interpretation Scale

Created on 11/16/2016
Modified on 11/18/2016
How to use an interpretation scale to reduce the impact of a low scoring assignment on students' overall class grades.

What is an Interpretation Scale?

An interpretation scale reduces the impact of a low scoring assignment on a student's overall class grade. As an example, you could set up the grade book to count an assignment score of 0 as earning 50% of the points possible for the assignment. 50% still constitutes a failing grade, but will not have as much of a negative impact as the student receiving none of the assignment points.

 

Example

Without Interpretation

grade book with two assignments scored at 0 and 10

Since there is no interpretation of scores going on, the student receives 10 of the 20 points possible, or 50%. This gives the student a class grade of F

With Interpretation

grade book with two assignments scored at 0 and 10

With interpretation in place, the score of 0 on the "Week 7 Homework Packet" assignment is interpreted as earning 50% of the possible points, or 5 of the 10 possible for the assignment.

The student now receives 15 of the 20 points possible or 75%. This gives the student a class grade of C. Note: with an interpretation scale active, the percent value in the grade column does not display.

 

Setting up an Interpretation Scale

1. Go to Grade Book --> Grade Book Setup and click on the "Report Card Score Types" button.

report card score types button
 

2. Find the GenesisGrading score type and click "Duplicate." Confirm this choice. The page will reload. 


 

3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the GenesisGrading (copy) link.

4. Change the name from GenesisGrading (copy) to whatever you want. Check the "Available as Interpretation Scale" checkbox. Click "Save"

Renaming the score type
 

5. On the right, click the X next to all scores except F. This will flag them for deletion. Click "Save" at the top of the screen and confirm your choice.

deleting grades from the score type
 

6. Click the pencil icon to edit the F score, and enter the values you want to use. The SEQ value doesn't matter in this context.

  • In the example pictured below, students receiving anything from 0% (low score) to 50% (high score) of the possible assignment points will be given 50% (value) of the points possible for the assignment.
  • You should adjust the low, high and value fields to reflect your grading practice.
  • Note: The "Value" field should not be higher than the "High Score" value for an F in your class. The district default high score value is 59.99.

editing the F score for use as an interpretation scale.
 

7. Save your changes.

 

Using Your Interpretation Scale

1. Return to the main grade book setup screen and click on the "Grade Book Settings" tab.

2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and from the "Report Card Score Type Used for Interpretation Scale" pulldown menu, select the score type you created above.

3. You will get a warning about this changing grade book marks for the current school year. Confirm this choice.

4. Your interpretation scale is now active. Important note: It may take some time for your grade book to reflect the newly calculated class grades.

5. You can always turn off your interpretation scale from this pulldown menu if desired.

 

What Students/Parents See

StudentVUE and ParentVUE will show the actual assignment score as well as the points earned.

StudentVUE grade book showing a 0 score interpreted as earning 50% of the points possible

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