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Skill Assessment

A big part of teaching is ensuring students learn and understand the skills required to be successful in a subject area. Standards and skills present goals for students to pursue. You can assess students on different skills using the Skills page in My Gradebooks.

Click Skills from the My Gradebooks toolbar to open the Skills page.

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The standards and skills listed in the Skills page can come from the GradeQuick Web application, or skills and assessment scales can be manually added or imported with My Gradebooks. You can manually add academic standards. These standards, lists of skills, and rubrics (skill assessment values) may be determined by your district, state, or local government agencies. Using the Settings options, you can set a default rubric to assess their students.

How to Manually Add a New Standard

Many times regulated standards and skills information are imported to your gradebook; however you can manually enter the information.

Standards are the curriculum indicators that set the grade level expectation. For an English teacher, standards may include Language, Communication, and Writing; and for a Math teacher standards may include Whole Numbers, Fractions, and Number Theory. Standards are then divided into separate skills.

If your school does not use standards but does use skills, you can list all the skills under the General standard that already exists.

If you import standards in GradeQuick Web, you will not be able to change or delete the standard.

  1. Click the Add Standard button to access the Add Standard dialog.
  2. Type the name of the standard in the Standard Name field. This name will appear on the standards and skill list on the left.
  3. Type the description for the standard in the Description field.
  4. Type any extra details about the standard in your Teacher Notes field.
  5. Click Save to save the new standard.
  6. Repeat the steps to create additional standards. The gradebook will automatically save the standards. 
    After you add your standards, you can list all the skills under each standard.

How to Import Skills

You can import the skills from a file instead of manually adding skills. Usually a Gradebook Manager uploads skill files to be used by all teachers.

What if Import Skills button is grayed out?
When the button is grayed out, that means you do not have skill files (.skf and .gsf files) uploaded into the School Settings folder on Edline. To upload skills, launch GradeQuick Web as a Super User, and from the Site Manager menu, select Upload Custom Files. From here you can upload the .skf and .gsf files. After those files are in the School Settings folder on Edline, then the Import Button will be active.

  1. Click the Import Skills button to access the Skill Import dialog.
  2. Select one skill file you want to import for a specific standard.
  3. Click the OK button to import the skills.

How to Manually Add a New Skill

Skills are the actions set for the grade level expectation. Skills are listed under each academic standard. For example, an English subject standard may include Language, and some of the skills under Language may include Correctly identify nouns, pronouns, and adjectives; Correctly form contractions using apostrophes; and Correctly use capital letters.

  1. Click the Add Skill button to access the Add Skill dialog.
  2. Select the standard to set the skill to from the drop-down list in the Standard field.
  3. Type the name of the skill in the Skill Name field. This name will appear on the standards and skill list on the left.
  4. Type the description for the skill in the Description ;field.
  5. Type any extra details about the skill in your Teacher Notes field.
  6. Change the scale used to monitor the skill from the Assessment Scale field. The default scale automatically appears but you can change the scale as required. If no scale is set, the field displays NONE.
    If you change the scale you have the option to clear the assessment grades or keep them.
    If the skill has already been completed, see the Mark Skills as Completed topic for more information on how to use theSkill Instruction Completed field.
  7. ClickSaveto save the skill.
    Repeat the steps to create additional skills.

How to Mark Skills as Completed

Teachers can mark skills as completed and can include the completion date and the amount of time spent teaching the particular skill. This procedure will help schools and districts focus more time on areas that are traditionally harder to teach and understand.

  1. Click the name of the skill you want to mark as completed from the list in the Skills page.
  2. Click Edit.
  3. Check the Skill Completed field.
  4. Select the finish date in the Date Completed field.
  5. Enter the estimated Time Spent teaching the skill in the hours and min field.
  6. Click Save to update the changes.

How to Assess a Student’s Skill-Level

There are several ways to assess students’ skills and assign rubric values — you can manually type a rubric for each student, you can select from a pre-existing list of rubrics for each student, or you can set the same value for all students. Using the Setting feature, you can also set a default rubric for all students. You can use a combination of these methods for quicker assessment entries. For example, if the majority of your students have met the skill requirements for their grade-level, you can assign the satisfactory-type of rubric for all students, and adjust the values for individual students that surpassed or fell short on the skill assessment.

  1. Select the gradebook where you want to assess the students from the Gradebooks drop-down list.
  2. Select the specific term from the Term Assessments drop-down list.
  3. Click on the name of the skill you want to assess from the Skills list.
  4. Assess the student by completing one of the following steps:<
    • Type the rubric (skill assessment value) directly into the Assessment field next to the name of the student.
    • Select the rubric from the Assessment drop-down list next to the name of the student.
    • To set all students to a particular assessment rubric, click the Fill Column button.
      Select the rubric from the drop-down list in the Fill the column with field.
      If you only want to assign the rubric to students that do not have an assessment value yet, check the Fill empty cells only option. As a result, if you already assessed specific students, the rubrics will not be overwritten.
      Click OK to assign the rubric.

    Use a combination of the three methods for quicker student assessments.

How to Attach Assignments to a Skill

You can attach the skills to tests and assignments. When you attach a skill to an assignment, the system will be able to calculate what assessment value to assign to a student’s skill level.

  1. Select the gradebook where you want to assess the students from the Gradebooks drop-down list.
  2. Select the specific term from the Term Assessments drop-down list.
  3. Click the name of the skill you want to attach to the assignment from the Skills list.
  4. Click the Assignments tab.
  5. Click the Add Assignment button for the Add Assignments to Skill dialog.
  6. Select the assignments available in your gradebook that you want to attach to the specific skill. Press the CTRL key to select several assignments.
  7. Click OK when finished.