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Grading Tests

A Grade Center column is created automatically for each test created and linked in the Course. A test that has been submitted, but not graded, is indicated with an exclamation mark—the needs grading icon. Though the system scores many question types, some questions need to be graded manually, such as essays.

Tests that need grading can be accessed from the Needs Grading page or from the Grade Center. Instructors have the option to grade tests anonymously or to grade all responses to a specific question.

How to Access Test Attempts from the Needs Grading Page

For Courses with many enrolled Students and gradable items, the Needs Grading page can help you determine which tests need grading first. For example, you can sort by the due date to ensure your final tests are graded before your school's deadline.

For Instructors who have a designated turnaround time set for all gradable items, the Needs Grading page allows them to customize the view of items with a needs grading status. The list can be sorted and filtered so the most urgent tests can be graded first.

To access the Needs Grading page:

  1. In the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Needs Grading. The total number of items to grade appears on the Needs Grading page.

To filter and sort attempts:

  1. Use the Filter drop-down lists to narrow the list of items to grade by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. For example, make selections in both the Category and User drop-down lists to display tests submitted by a particular user.
  2. Click Go. The filtered items appear on the Needs Grading page.
  3. Click any column heading or the caret to sort the tests. For example, sort the tests by Item Name.
  4. Click Grade All on the Action Bar to begin grading test attempts.
  5. The filtered test attempts are placed in a queue for easy navigation among items. Test attempts appear on the Grade Test page in the order they were sorted and filtered on the Needs Grading page.

How to Access Test Attempts from the Grade Center

The Grade Center shows all gradable items and is not limited to only assignments and tests like the Needs Grading page. Other items to grade appear with exclamation marks, such as graded Journal entries or Discussion Board posts. The number of items may influence how you organize your time for grading tasks. You may also find it beneficial to view a Student's previous grades as items are graded.

To access the Grade Center:

  1. In the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Select Full Grade Center or the Tests Smart View, if available, to access test attempts.

To grade a single test:

  1. Locate the cell for a Student’s test containing an exclamation mark.
  2. Move the mouse pointer over the cell to see the Action Link.
  3. Click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  4. Select Attempt. The Grade Test page appears.

To grade all attempts for a particular test:

  1. In the test's column heading, click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Attempts. The Grade Test page appears.

About the Grade Test Page

The Grade Test page is accessed from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center. Instructors can navigate among users and attempts, view rubrics, grade anonymously, and view information about a test.

On the Action Bar, the following actions can be performed:

Expand the Test Information link to view the following information:

Note:   If a test is In Progress, the Instructor must submit the test so it can be graded.

How to Grade Tests from the Grade Test Page

The Grade Test page is accessed from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center.

  1. On the Grade Test page, type a score for each question. Scores for questions graded automatically can be overridden.
  2. Optionally, add Response Feedback specific to the individual question. The Response Feedback box only appears for certain question types, such as essays.
  3. Optionally, type comments in the Feedback to User box. Use the Text Editor functions to format the text and add files, images, links, multimedia, and Mashups.
  4. Optionally, type comments in the Grading Notes box. This text is not seen by Students.
  5. Click Save and Exit to return to the Full Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, or the Grade Details page, depending on where grading began.

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    Click Save and Next to display the next user, when available.

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    Click View Previous to display the previous user, when available.

Note:  If multiple attempts for a test have been allowed, a Student's grade is not released until all of the attempts have been graded.

How to Grade Tests Anonymously

You may choose to grade tests anonymously to ensure impartial evaluation of student work. Grading anonymously allows you to remain objective and not unduly influenced by a Student's behavior or previous performance. Grading anonymously can contribute to the student-faculty relationship because Students are assured that grading was unbiased.

When grading anonymously, all identifying information is hidden and attempts appear in random order. Each Student is assigned a number, such as Student 8.

To grade anonymously from the Needs Grading page:

  1. Click a test attempt's Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Test page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Center:

  1. In the test's column heading, click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Test page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Test page:

  1. On the Action Bar, click Hide User Names.
  2. Click OK. If grading was in progress, any unsaved changes to the open attempt are lost. The Grade Test page refreshes and all identifying information is hidden.

How to Grade Tests by Question

For each test, you can choose to grade all responses to a specific question. This allows you to move from test to test, viewing and scoring the same question for each Student. Grading this way can save time as you concentrate only on the answers for a single question. You can see how all Students responded, providing immediate feedback about how the group performed on that particular question. Also, grading by question is useful when you want to revisit a question that requires a score adjustment for all or many Students.

At the same time, questions can be graded anonymously. All test attempts remain in needs grading status until all of the responses for all questions have been graded.

  1. In the Grade Center, click a test's Action Link in the column heading to access the contextual menu and select Grade Questions.

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  2. On the Needs Grading page, click a test's Action Link to access the contextual menu and select Grade by Question.

  3. On the Grade Questions page, you can filter the questions by status: Graded, Needs Grading, or In Progress. You may also select the check box for Grade Responses Anonymously, if needed.
  4. For each question, click the number in the Responses column.
  5. On the Grade Responses page, expand the Question Information link to view the question. If anonymous grading was not previously selected, click Hide User Names on the Action Bar. Click OK in the pop-up window to verify the action.
  6. Click Edit next to the score for a user.
  7. Type a grade in the Score box. Optionally, add Response Feedback specific to the individual question. The Response Feedback box only appears for certain question types, such as essays. Use the Text Editor functions to format the text and add files, images, links, multimedia, and Mashups. Click Submit.
  8. Click Back to Questions to return to the Grade Questions page when all student responses are graded.

Next Steps

To learn more about other grading functions in the Grade Center, see these topics:

Entering Grades

Including Comments With a Grade Entry

Changing Grades

Deleting and Reverting Grades