An assessment unlinked to a course may be a problem because any student results on such an assessment will not count toward student grades. A couple reasons why an assessment may not be linked to a course are:
- A teacher simply didn't choose a course from the "Course" dropdown menu before saving the assessment.
- A teacher chose a student group from the "Course" menu, thinking it was a course.
However, people may be logging assessments unlinked to courses intentionally. Here are a couple reasons why this might be happening:
- Teachers want to track non-academic data in Schoolrunner and are using assessments to do so.
- Your school wants to log survey results from parents, students, or other stakeholders.
The following Analysis page report will show you how to identify assessments that are not tied to any course. With this list, you'll be able to determine whether action needs to be taken (in the event that assessments should be tied to courses, and thus count toward student grades) or not (in the event that assessments are appropriately used to track data that should not count toward course grades).
Note that Schoolrunner also has a feature on individual assessments that confirms it counts for grades or, if not, why not. See here.
Start on the Analysis page and load the "Assessments" dataset. Click into the "Pivot Table" tab and put courses on the left, broken out by "Assessment".
You now have a list of assessments that are not linked to any course! Each assessment name is a hyperlink, so you can follow each one or open each a new tab to inspect it.