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Adding Standards to a Class by Typing

Each class in Easy Grade Pro can have up to 128 standards. Standards can be added to a class by typing, copying from another class, importing from another gradebook or through the use of plug-in files. This section explains how to add standards by typing.

  • Choose Add Standard from the Tool menu. The Records window will open to the first empty record.adding_standards_01.jpg
  • Type the Standard ID and press tab. Standard IDs must be unique and can be up to 11 keystrokes in length. If your standards are at multiple levels, it’s recommended that you use a dot notation like that shown in the list in the prior section to clearly indicate each standard’s position within the list.
  • Choose the standard’s Level from the Level menu. If your standards are all at the same level, choose the topmost level for each. If you choose level 2 (i.e. Strand) or level 3 (i.e. Indicator), then you’ll also need to choose the link standard – the higher-level standard that this standard belongs to. To edit the label, text style and background color for each level, choose Edit Level Options from the menu.
  • Type the standard’s text. It can be up to about 200 keystrokes long.
  • (Optional) Type additional text regarding the standard in the Note field.
  • Select the Progress Report option. Progress report options include the following items:
    • Include Standard. The standard will be included on every progress report.
    • Include if Student has Grade. The standard will be included only if the student has a grade. This option allows you to prevent standards from appearing in progress reports unless actually used.
    • Exclude Standard. The standard will not be included in any progress report.
  • Select the Rubric to be used for converting a student’s numeric grade to a label.
  • Select the grading option from the Grade menu. When making your choice, be sure to consider that a student’s standard grade is meant to reflect performance at a certain moment in time rather than performance over an extended period of time. Your choices are:
    • Average of scores. Averaging has less usefulness with standards-based grading. However, it can be appropriate for very broad standards.
    • Power Law Formula. The power law is an excellent tool when used appropriately. For more information, read the section FAQ: What is the Power Law Formula for standards-based grading?
    • None. This option is best if you want the most accurate grades — ones that reflect your understanding of all the details involved in sets of scores — and if you have the time! With this option, you would then manually enter standard grades in the Summaries window as you analyze graphs of performance.
    • Avg. of linked standards. This option is automatically selected for any standard that has standards linked to it.
  • Press Enter or click Next Standard >> to move to the next standard or click Done.