When considering grading calculation for standards-based courses, it's helpful to remember that the way you set up methodologies for your individual grading terms (quarter, semester, trimester, etc.) is very important.
If you're using standards-based grading and your course's grading methodology is broken up into quarters and/or semesters, then your Y1 or semester-length grades will only calculate grades using standards if all grading terms are comprised only of assessment types.
This means that if you wish to create a non-final grading term whose methodology contains other, smaller grading terms within it, then your calculations will revert to traditional grading (i.e. using assessment results rather than standards results).
- If your grading methodology buckets for all grading terms are comprised entirely of assessments, your Y1 or semester-end grades will calculate from standards
- If your grading methodology buckets include other grading terms, your Y1 or semester-end grades will not calculate from standards and will not be considered standards-based
Keep in mind that the best way to configure your Y1 or semester-long grading terms for standards-based grading is to either:
- Make sure that all of the grading terms you plan to include in the final bin are themselves comprised only of assessment types, or
- Create your final grading term using only assessment types
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