This feature of the Gradebook allows teachers to enter scores based on a raw number of points possible and have those scores scaled up to a new value.
Example: A teacher gives a quiz with only 8 questions. To simplify the grading, the teacher scores each question as 1 point, but they want to make the quiz worth 25 points for the purpose of calculating student grades.
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Following the above example, when creating this assignment in SchoolLoop, a teacher would enter 8 as the Points and 25 as the Scaled Points. When entering grades, students will receive scores between 0 and 8 (assuming no extra credit is possible), but the Gradebook will automatically calculate the student's score into a 0 to 25 scale.
A student who answers all 8 quiz questions correctly will naturally receive a perfect mark (100%) on that quiz - in this example, 25/25. Accordingly, a student who's only answered 2/8 questions correctly will receive a raw score of 25% and a grade of 6.25/25 - that is, the proportional score out of 25 that equals the 25% raw score.
In the Gradebook, scores are always displayed as raw scores. To spare teachers from having to memorize which assignments are scaled and by how much, SchoolLoop displays both the points and scaled points values as 10(36), where 10 is the Points and 36 is the Scaled Points. Scores will be displayed in this format wherever scores can be entered - the main Gradebook spreadsheet, assignment scoresheets, and student scoresheets.
In cases where a teacher wishes to change an individual student's maximum possible score for an assignment, they will be able to edit the value for Points, Scaled Points, or both.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What if I don't want to scale scores?
A. No problem, just enter the same values for both Points and Scaled Points. We make this easy by automatically filling in the Scaled Points cell with the value you enter for the Points.
Q. Can I scale scores down?
A. Sure, just enter a lower value for the Scaled Points. If the Scaled Points value in the example above had been 4, then a student with 100% correct would receive a score of 4/4 for the quiz. Just don't try to scale scores down to zero - that won't work.
Q. What do parents and students see in the published progress reports?
A. Parents and students will only ever see the scaled values. After all, student grades are based on the scaled scores and not the raw scores.
Q. I don't see a Scaled Points field. Why?
A. The scaled score feature is only available to those using School Loop's gradebook. Partner gradebook users (EGP and MTG) can scale scores in those gradebooks, but not through School Loop.