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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).

There are three system grading methods offered with Edgenuity courses. The table below describes how each activity is graded based on the method of grading enabled on the course.

Task Completion Grade Automatic with Grade*
(*default grading option)
Teacher Supported
Vocabulary 100% (not counted toward grade) 100% (not counted toward grade) 100% (not counted toward grade)
Lecture and Lab Lecture 100% (not counted toward grade) 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) 100% (not counted toward grade)
Journal 100% 0% or 100% based on keywords 0% or 100% based on keywords
*In AP courses, students are automatically scored as 100% so a teacher will need to regrade the activity.
Online Content (with questions) 100% Earned percentage based on keywords for each question Earned percentage based on keywords for each question
Online Content (without questions) 100% 100% (not counted toward grade) 100% (not counted toward grade)
Practice 100% Earned percentage
*Open-ended questions without keywords are counted as correct if a student enters any text
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
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
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 Pending until an educator accepts or modifies the system score
Short Writing Assignments 100% If there are keywords available, students receive 100% for a response that includes at least one keyword. If there are no keywords, the assignment will be marked "pending" until an educator awards a score. The assignment will be marked “pending” until an educator awards a score. Assignments will not be system-scored even if keywords exist.
Projects, Performance Tasks, and Lab Reports Pending until educator accepts or modifies system score Pending until educator accepts or modifies system score Pending until educator accepts or modifies system score
Quizzes, Tests, Exams, and Lab Assessments Earned percentage Earned percentage Earned percentage

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.