jmc continues to evolve along with the changing landscape of education. With the introduction of common core standards and research based best practices regarding grading, jmc has innovated solutions that promote student learning. No matter your school's philosophical approach to standards based instruction, assessment and grading, jmc's standards based grading tools have you covered!

Find the Scores module or the Competency-Based Grading module in jmc Teacher and the Standards and Benchmarks module in jmc Teacher and jmc Office along with the Form Designer in jmc Office to access the following features:

#1 Enter summative results on a standards-based report card

Perfect for quick and simple summative (end-of-term) assessment in an elementary situation. At the end of the term, teachers enter standards-based summative results for each of their students with just a few clicks.

  • Enter the standards and benchmarks you would like to report on along with the results you choose to use.

  • Create your standards based report card with the Form Designer in jmc Office.

  • Teachers access the standards and benchmarks associated with their students.

  • At the end of the term, teachers enter standards based summative results for each of their students with just a few clicks! Easy peasy.

#2 Calculate assignment score results to the standards-based report card

Elementary teachers who use traditional categories for grading, such as tests, quizzes, and homework along with assignment scores, but also want to produce standards-based results on a report card, can do both!

  • Schools still utilize a custom made standards based report card.

  • Teachers track student progress throughout the term and share results with students and families via the jmc Student and jmc Family portals.

  • Custom weighting options allow teachers to utilize points based and/or percentage based weights to accurately arrive at summative results.

  • Easily tie assignment score results to benchmarks and set grade cutoffs to match the standards based results you are using on your report card.

  • Simply transfer the results from the assignment scores gradebook to the standards based report card at the end of the term!

#3 Use jmc's Competency-Based Grading (CBG) module to track formative assessment results and report them summatively

Perfect for elementary and middle schools that want to track formative assessment results of priority standards and transfer those results summatively to a standards-based report card. With the CBG module, you can

  • Utilize a gradebook that focuses on giving feedback that moves learning forward.

  • Focus the intended learning on your identified priority standards.

  • Easily provide assessment opportunities that show student progress toward the intended goal.

  • Choose the calculation option that best matches your district's philosophy.

  • Provide students with feedback using a variety of tools including color coded proficiency scales and results notes.

  • Families and students can access formative assessment feedback and view their progress toward the achievement of learning goals through the jmc Student and Family portals.

#4 Use the CBG module to track formative assessment results and report them summatively as a course grade

The CBG module meets the needs of middle schools and high schools that want to track formative assessment results of priority standards, but transfer those results summatively to an overall course grade.

  • Keeps the focus on the learning goals while allowing results to transfer to the course grades that are needed for college entry.

  • Provide students with feedback using a variety of tools including color coded proficiency scales and results notes.

  • Choose the calculation option that best matches your district's philosophy.

  • Set grade cutoffs that correspond with your proficiency scale and eliminate the inaccuracy of the percentage scale.

  • Easily use research based SBG conversions such as the Marzano scale to set grade cutoffs.

#5 Use the CBG module to track formative assessment results for feedback purposes

Perfect for schools experimenting with standards-based grading but aren’t ready to transition to it completely. Whether you’re an elementary, middle school, or high school looking to try aspects of SBG, but not all, jmc has you covered!

  • Communicate the intended learning goals and track student progress toward those goals.

  • Utilize all of the Competency-Based Grading feedback tools without attaching the results to a summative course grade or standards and benchmarks result.

  • Keep students and parents in the loop with formative assessment feedback via the jmc Student and jmc Family portals.

#6 Use points and percentages to calculate to a course grade

Points and percentages have been utilized by educators for many years making it the traditional gradebook option in jmc. For schools that aren’t ready for a complete CBG system, the traditional grading system of points, percentages, and letter grades is still a great option. With the Categories and Assignments option, schools can

  • Easily integrates with Learning Management Systems such as Google classroom.

  • Create categories and assignments for easily organizing your gradebook by assignment type, standard or unit.

  • Choose from a variety of calculation options to arrive at a summative course grade that fits your teaching philosophy.

  • Utilize a variety of special calculation options that include the ability to automatically drop scores, calculate an average using most recent scores or calculate from a decaying average.

  • Provide feedback for students that includes points, score notes and symbols that provide insight on exempt scores, missing work and work with a pending score.

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