Now that you have created your proficiency scale by defining results in the CBG gradebook, it is time to enter "Assessment Areas" (aka standards) and "Formative Assessments". Teachers can easily organize the learning progression for each standard, provide feedback to students on multiple attempts at assessments and chart the progress of the student's learning journey.

Head to Competency-Based Grading > Define Formative Assessments to set up the CBG gradebook.

Step One: Click the "Add" button to enter a standard in the "Assessment Area".

Fun Fact: The terminology for "Assessment Area" and "Formative Assessment" are customizable in jmc Office since your district may use different terms.

Helpful Tip: The "Assessment Area" is the larger level default category typically referred to as "Power Standards" or "Priority Standards". Typically schools will identify 8-12 areas per class to report out on in a grading period.

Step Two: Enter a standard in the "Assessment Area" field to begin adding formative assessments.

Fun Fact: There is a 128 character limit for this field so you have plenty of space to create a detailed name for your assessment area.

Helpful Tip: Simplify the language of the standard in this field as this information will be displayed in the Student and Family portals.

Step Three: Select the appropriate radio button in the "Assessment Area Type" box.

  • Formative: when you are going to use the CBG module to generate a Standards-Based Report card or if you are using CBG as a feedback tool only. (More common in an elementary/middle school setting)

  • Calculated to an Assignment Score: if you are going to convert CBG results to a traditional letter grade. You will be able to adjust the weight of the standard. (More common in a high school setting)

Fun Fact: If you are calculating CBG results to a letter grade or if you are calculate CBG results to a Standards and Benchmarks report card you will need to follow the additional steps laid out in these articles.

Step Four: Click the "Save" button to store your standard in the "Assessment Area" drop-down list for future use.

Step Five: Select the standard from the "Assessment Area" drop-down list to add a formative assessment for that standard.

Helpful Tip: The "Formative Assessment" default category is one step smaller than the "Assessment Area". Typically a department or teacher will break the "Priority Standard" into smaller chunks often referred to as "Benchmarks", "Learning Targets" or "I can" statements.

Step Six: Click the "Add" button to add a formative assessment.

Step Seven: Enter a name in the "Formative Assessment/Assignment" field to add to the learning progression.

A few helpful tips

  • Breaking the priority standard into smaller chunks (learning targets) forms a learning progression.

  • Students might make several attempts at achieving a learning target.

  • A standard can have several learning targets (3-5) form the learning progression that leads to proficiency of that standard.

Step Eight: Select a number from the "Number of Assessments" drop-down list to indicate the number of times you are assessing the learning target.

Fun Fact: Add to the number of assessments for a learning target at any time.

Step Nine: Select a radio button next to the appropriate option in the "Calculate Options" box to set the calculation option that best fits your grading philosophy.

  • # of High Scores: This option will calculate the average of the highest x scores. For example, if you assess a learning target 5 times and you are taking the average of the highest 2 scores and the highest 2 scores are 3 and 4, the calculated student score would be 3.5. Want to take the highest score? Enter a "1" in the field and jmc will calculate the average of the highest "1" score.

  • Most Recent Scores: This option will calculate an average of the most recent x scores. Want to take the most recent score? Enter a "1" in the field and jmc will calculate the average of the most recent "1" score.

  • Decaying Average (%): This option will use a formula to apply more weight to recent performance while including results from first attempts in the average.

  • Proficiency Target #: Place a checkmark in the "proficiency target" checkbox in the results box and when a student reaches the proficiency target "x" number of times, jmc will calculate the final result to proficient.

A few helpful tips

  • If calculating CBG results to a standards and benchmarks report card, enter a date in the "End of Term Date" field or simply click the calendar icon so the grade book knows which CBG results to use in the calculation.

  • If calculating CBG results to an assignment score, the "Max Score" field will correspond with the max score entered on the grade cutoffs page so it is not editable here.

Step Ten: Click the "Save" button to move the learning target to the "Formative Assessments" box.

Fun Fact: Click on a learning target in the "Formative Assessments" box and click the "Edit" button to make changes.

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