Take student achievement reporting and data collection to the next level by calculating competency-based grading (CBG) results to a standard based report card. Teachers reporting summative results to a standards based report card can use the CBG module to calculate formative assessment data to easily report the summative results. Track student progress and keep all stakeholders informed as you go by calculating CBG results to a standard-based report card!

Calculating summative results from competency-based grading takes some basic setup. Let's break the setup into three parts:

  • Defining your Proficiency Scale

  • Adding an Assessment Area

  • Adding a Formative Assessment

In jmc Teacher head to Competency-Based Grading > Define Formative Assessments to begin.

Defining your Proficiency Scale

A proficiency scale is made up of multiple assessment proficiencies, or results. Define your possible proficiencies to ensure a complete scale.

Step One: Select a course from the "Course" drop-down list to begin setting up results and adding assessments for a course.

Step Two: Select a number from the "Number of Results" drop-down list to begin creating the standard-based result definitions.

Fun Fact: The "Number of Results" refers to how many proficiencies are in your proficiency scale. For example, if your proficiency scale is "Meets", "Developing", "Beginning", and "Incomplete" you would select "4" in "Number of Results".

Helpful Tip: Add one extra result to include an "exempt" option on your proficiency scale to define a result which won't count in proficiency calculations.

Step Three: Click the "Edit" link in a proficiency row to begin defining a result in your proficiency scale.

Step Four: Select a color from the color drop-down list to correspond with your competency-based grading result.

Helpful Tip: Unique colors for each proficiency result make reviewing student progress reports easier as families can look for patterns of colors to understand their student's learning progress.

Step Five: Enter an abbreviation (3 letters or fewer) in the "Name" column to create a display name for the result. For example "Met", "Dev", or "Beg" etc.

Step Six: Enter a number in the "Value" column to set a ranking order for your proficiency scale.

Step Seven: Select the corresponding standard-based report card result from the "SB Result Def" drop-down list to tie the CBG result to a standard-based report card.

Step Eight: Enter a description for the result in the "Description" field to correspond with your competency-based result.

A few helpful tips:

  • Place a checkmark in the "Exempt" checkbox to create an option for an "Incomplete", "Insufficient Information", or "Not turned in" result to communicate the information to all stakeholders without being punitive.

  • Place a checkmark in the "Proficiency Target" checkbox to set the result as the proficiency target to use in conjunction with the "Proficiency Target #" calculation option.

Step Nine: Click the "Update" link to save the result or click the "Cancel" link to discard changes.


Adding an Assessment Area

An assessment area is the logic container for multiple formative assessments. Create an assessment area to tie them together.

Step One: Click the "Add" button next to the "Assessment Area" drop-down list to enter a new standard.

Step Two: Enter a standard name in the "Assessment Area Name" field to create a new assessment area to be assessed.

Step Three: Choose the "Formative" radio button in the "Assessment Area Type" box to use the CBG module to generate a calculated result to a standards-based report card.

Step Four: Click the "Save" button to save the assessment area or click the "Close" button to discard changes.


Adding a Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is the learning target that contributes to the standard, or assessment area. Add multiple formative assessments (learning targets) for the assessment area (standard) to form a learning progression.

Step One: Click the "Add" button below the "Formative Assessment" box to add a formative assessment for the selected "Assessment Area".

Step Two: Select the "Benchmark Result" radio button in the "Assessment Calculation" box to associate a standard and benchmark with the formative assessment result.

Step Three: Select the corresponding standard from the "Standard" drop-down list to tie the CBG result to a specific standard on the standard based report card.

Step Four: Select a benchmark from the "Benchmark" drop-down list to tie the CBG result to a specific benchmark listed on the standard based report card.

Fun Fact: The last day of the term will automatically populate in the "End of Term Date" field.

Step Five: Click the "Save" button to add the formative assessment or click the "Cancel" button to discard your changes.

Fun Fact: The "Formative Assessment" will automatically be given the name of the benchmark you are assessing.

Step Six: 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.

Step Seven: Select the number of times you are formatively assessing the benchmark from the "Number of Assessments" drop-down list to create multiple assessment opportunities for your students.

Helpful Tip: Not sure how many times you are going to formatively assess a benchmark? No problem! Simply add to the "Number of Assessments" as needed!

Step Eight: Click the "Save" button to add the formative assessment as a calculated benchmark result or the "Cancel" button when finished adding formative assessments.

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