Auto Grading Method Comparison

Frequently Asked Questions:
What percentage of activities in Edgenuity’s® curriculum must be graded by a teacher?

For initial credit courses, the answer is 5–10%, depending on the course. Essays are supported by an auto-scoring engine that suggests a grade based on structure and grammar, but teachers must review and accept/modify the score before it shows for students. If a district wants to reduce the amount of teacher grading, they can customize projects, performance tasks, and lab reports out of the course. They can also enable completion grading, which will remove the requirement that teachers review essays before the score shows for students, but we do not recommend this for credit-bearing courses.

Credit recovery courses have little to no teacher grading.

Project-based CTE courses and AP® courses both require significantly more teacher grading. More than half of the activities could be teacher graded for project-based electives. For AP courses, roughly 25% of the activities are teacher graded. AP courses also require teachers to facilitate online discussions through Collaboration Corner.

What happens when I change the grading method while a student is in-flight?
From the point you change the way Edgenuity grades student work, the newly selected method will be used. Grades are not retroactively changed if you enable a different grading method while a course is in-flight.
What is the minimum word count for essays?
The minimum word counts for rough drafts and final drafts are 100 words and 150 words, respectively. Essays that are this short are not likely to receive high scores, but the system will accept them.
What is the maximum word count for essays?
The maximum word count for essays is 10,000 words. However, the auto-scoring engine is not capable of grading essays that exceed 800 words. The LMS will still accept essays that are longer than 800 words, but the instructor will need to manually grade these essays.
How can I tell whether a student has answered a question correctly?

Access your student's grades, view your student's activity, and then reference this chart:

Green checkmark: Student chose this answer, and this answer is the correct answer (all tasks).
Red checkmark: Student didn’t choose this answer, but it is the correct answer (dropdown or multiple-choice task).
Gray checkmark: Student didn’t choose this answer, but it is the correct answer (checkbox task).
Red X: Student chose this answer, but it was the incorrect answer (checkbox task).
Gray X: Student didn’t choose this answer, and it is the incorrect answer (checkbox task).
What is the difference between the Automatic with Grade method and the Teacher Supported method?
There is no difference between the two methods. The functionality used to be different, but they now function the same way.

 Note

Activities Not Counted

Instructional activities that are 'not counted' will not display any score to students and are not counted toward a student's course grade. Students can continue on their coursework once these activities are completed. The gradebook available to educators will display a score of 100%, along with the alert, "This assignment's grade is not currently counted". The majority of these activities have embedded self-checks along the way, allowing students to self-correct before they get to graded assignments.

Educators always have the option of manually assigning a score to any activity. If a score is manually assigned by a teacher, the activity score will be factored into the student's course grade. This means, a teacher can always assign a grade to a non-counted assignment, forcing that assignment grade to count towards the overall grade of the course.

Keyword Grading

If activities include keywords that are used for determining a system-assigned score, the student will earn a 0% if none of the keywords are included in the response, and will earn 100% if at least one keyword is included in the response. Educators can always override system grades by manually assigning a grade to the activity.

Please note that keyword-scored items are low stakes and do not contribute significantly to a student’s grade. Keyword-scored items are never used assessments. We encourage teachers to spot-check keyword-scored items, however, for effort and completeness.

Edit a System-Assigned Grade

Need to change the score of an activity? Click here to learn how.

 

Task / Weight Category Completion Grade Automatic with Grade*
(*default grading option)
Teacher Supported
Vocabulary 100% (not counted toward grade) 100% (not counted toward grade)
Lecture and Lab Lecture 100% (not counted toward grade) 100% (not counted toward grade)
Warm-up, Instruction, and Summary 100% (not counted toward grade) 100% (not counted toward grade)
Journal, Study Questions 100%

0% or 100% based on keywords

Online Content (with questions) 100% Earned percentage based on keywords for each question
Online Content (without questions) 100% 100% (not counted toward grade)
Practice* 100% Earned percentage
*Open-ended questions without keywords are counted as correct if a student enters any text
Assignments, Wet Labs, and Virtual Labs* 100% Earned percentage
*Open-ended questions without keywords are counted as correct if a student enters any text
Test Review and Exam Review* 100% Earned percentage
*Open-ended questions without keywords are counted as correct if a student enters any text
Essays* System scored Pending until an educator accepts or modifies the system score yellow.png
Short Writing Assignments* 100% Pending until an educator awards a score.yellow.png
Projects, Performance Tasks, and Lab Reports*

Activities must be scored by teachers and will be marked "pending" in the interim. yellow.png

Pending until an educator awards a score.yellow.png
Quizzes, Tests, Exams, and Lab Assessments*

Earned percentage

 

World Language and CTE courses will give 100% for all assessments no matter the earned score.

Earned percentage

yellow.png= requires teacher grading.

 Tips

*This page explains which category an activity falls in as well as some additional tips to consider. 

 Note

When an activity listed above is "not counted toward grade," that means that by default, the score the student earns does not affect the overall grade for the course. These activities are designed so that students can explore new content and learn from their mistakes, without the additional pressure of a counted score. The majority of these activities have embedded self-checks along the way, allowing them to self-correct before they get to their graded assignments.

A teacher can always assign a grade to a non-counted assignment that forces the assigned grade to count towards the overall grade of the course.

Need to change the score of an activity? Click here to learn how. Journal activities and online content activities that have questions are, by default, given a zero score so an educator will need to change the score.