Changing an Essay Score from the Dashboard

Frequently Asked Questions
How does the system grade an essay?
The system scores an essay on the structure, sentence length and complexity, style, mechanics, but does not score on content.


To follow the steps listed below, you will need to have "Change Grades" checked under Gradebook Options. To validate your permissions, click here.

  1. On the main menu, select Dashboard.
  2. By default, the Progress tab will be selected.
  3. All the students are listed here with each class in which they are enrolled. Filter to see a particular set of students. With each filter, click Apply.
  4. Choose the information desired on the screen by using the display options.
  5. Sort in different ways to be able to interpret the data.
  6. Any student who has a yellow alert icon has an item for the teacher to grade. Left-click on the icon.


    Learn more about the other alerts.

  7. Select Review.
  8. Any activity needing action, YES is displayed under Action Required. Click on the row to view.


    Essays, Projects, or Labs would also be displayed here.

  9. The lesson should be expanded already with the item highlighted. If not, expand the unit and lesson of the essay needing to be graded. The activities within the submitted essay are listed. Click Revising.
  10.  Click the attempt.


    If an educator already knows what score he/she wants to assign, click Change Score on the right side of the screen, click the Change score button tiny_change_score.png under the selected activity.

  11. The current score for the essay is on the top left.
  12. Click Change Score.
  13. In the New Score box, enter the percentage without the percent sign, then click Submit.


    The system reads the number placed in the score box as a percentage. If the student receives a 23/25 (92%), then put 92 in the box.

  14. To provide comments, write them in the Comments box. Click Update Comments.
  15. Exit out of the window when finished.