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Mastering the Grading Process

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To help you understand the grading process a little better here's a quick checklist of preemptive steps to take BEFORE releasing student grades.

*Note: You can manually update any student's score at any time AFTER they submit their assignment, before or after the grades are released, and for any of the grade release options in Test Settings.  

Releasing grades is a great way to allow students to get instant results and know where they need to improve. However, be aware that you may want to change the setting to RELEASE SCORES ONLY (premium account only) after an appropriate amount of time to secure the test content if you plan on using the same assessment in future classes.

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Free account users can also withdraw the view of the test, but the student access to their score is also withdrawn:

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1. When you assign any assessment make sure to give a reasonable cushion between the access date and the due date. This helps you prepare for any unforeseen issues with the assignment that may require you to adjust the assignment's due date/time (or make edits/changes) before it closes on your students.

For premium account holders, you may set a due date separate from the due date to accommodate unforeseen delays for students. Students will continue to see your due date on their dashboard, but the assessment will not actually close until the date you set:

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2. In case you need to extend the due date/time of the assignment—make sure you make the proper adjustments well in advance of the due date/time.

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3. If you want to manually change any student's score—it's best to wait until every student has submitted their answers and/or the assignment due date/time has passed. Essentially, you can't change a single question score until the student has submitted the entire assignment. Not to worry, once the assignment closes to students you have unlimited time to check their scores, enter feedback, and release the grades. 

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4. To navigate to a particular question that a student has answered, just click on the appropriate colored square on the outside of their performance card. This means you don't have to always click on "View Detailed Response" and navigate to the question from there. 

5. Make sure you've given all your desired feedback (to every student) and you're completely satisfied with the student scores before releasing the grades. 

6. Writing/Essay and Math/Essay items are the only question types that are not auto-graded. You must manually enter a grade for this question before you release the grades, and your assessment will be in In Grading status until you have finished grading.

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