Scoring Assignment

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Scoring Assignment only allows you to score rubric-based items from OLA or scan sheet tests, but it allows considerable flexibility in who can score and the scoring options that can be used. Scoring Assignment allows multiple scorers to score tests, blind scoring (the student's name is not displayed during scoring), defining who can grade specific students (you can prevent teachers from grading their students), and limiting scorers to only their school or a different school. You can add or remove individual scorers or groups of scorers for a test, and scorers do not require permission to the test. Scoring Assignment is only used for tests with human-scored interactions. When a test is saved, a scoring assignment is automatically created with default settings, and it is displayed on the Edit Scoring Assignment page.

Use Scoring Assignment when one or more of these scenarios is true:

  • More than one scorer will grade the test.
  • Blind scoring is required (the student's name is not displayed during scoring).
  • It is necessary to specify who can score the test.
    • Scorers must not score their students.
    • Scorers must only score their students.
    • Scorers can only score students from their school.
    • Scorers are part of a scoring group.

Configure Scoring Assignment

Use the Edit Scoring Assignment page to configure Scoring Assignments. Before students can be scored, the scoring assignment must be configured to add scorers and set any options.

Note: If a test is intended to only be scored using Scoring Assignment, do not select Enter/Edit Responses in the test's administration window. This prevents the test from being scored inadvertently in Online Scoring.

  1. Use the global search to locate the scoring assignment. Select Scoring Assignments in the Type section, enter Search criteria, then press Enter.
  2. To only list open assignments, scroll down to Scoring Assignment State, and select Open.
  3. Click Edit for the desired scoring assignment to display the Edit Scoring Assignment page.


    The Edit option will only display if you have permission to edit the scoring assignment.

    You can also display Edit Scoring Assignment for a test directly from the Test Edit page by clicking Edit Scoring.

  4. You can update the scoring assignment title.
  5. Click More Details to display the scoring assignment settings.
    Screenshot of More Details selector
  6. You can update the scoring assignment Description.
  7. Enter the dates scoring should start and finish.

    Note: The start date default is the start date of the test's administration window, and the end date default is a month after the testing window ends. If the test administration window end date is changed, the end date for the existing scoring assignment is extended to one month past the new end date of the test administration window.

  8. Select who can score the student responses.
    screenshot of who can score tests

    • None - Select for no specific determination on which students a scorer will score.
    • Exclude - Select so scorers cannot score their students.
    • Include - Select so scorers can only score their students.
    • Limit to School - Select so scorers can only score students in their schools.
    • Blind Scoring - Select so student names are not revealed to scorers 

  9. Enter the Score Lock Timeout value. Once a scorer reviews a student's response to an item, it is locked to them so that no other scorers can review it and overwrite their work. The timeout determines how long a scorer has (in minutes) to complete the scoring process before the student's response for that item is released for another scorer to review and score.

  10. Click Add/Remove Scorers to assign and permit scorers to score the assignment.

    Caution: The Permissions button at the top of the page only grants permissions to the Scoring Assignment. It does not give permissions to scorers to score the assignment. You must use Add / Remove Scorers to give scorers permission to review and score.

  11. On the Select Scorers dialog, use the search (A) to find users, groups, or roles, then click ADD (B) for each user, role, or group. Click Save when done. Scorers have permission to review (but not change or edit) the scoring configuration for this test. For flexibility, you can create scoring groups to select in this step.
    screenshot of Select Scorers dialog

  12. Click Item View to determine the settings for how the final score will be computed for each item. Under Count, enter the number of scorers that will score the item. Click Apply to All for the same settings to apply for every item on the test.
    Item View screenshot

    Note: Currently, Average Score is the only Algorithm selection available.

  13. Click Save.

Create and Use Scoring Groups

You can create groups to assign scorers to scoring assignments. For example, you can create groups by grade so only scorers from one grade will score another grade's test.

  1. Create a scoring group.
    1. Select Admin > New Group from the main navigation menu.
    2. Enter the Group Name and Group Description.
    3. Add members to the group.
    4. Save the group.
  2. Verify permissions to rubrics.
    • To all existing rubrics, assign Read permissions for the scoring group you just created.
    • When a new rubric is created, ensure that Read permission is assigned to scoring groups.

When configuring a scoring assignment, you can now add the scoring group as a scorer.

Use Scoring Assignment to Score a Test

If you are assigned as a scorer for a test, you can score student responses to human-scored interactions that have been entered either via OLA or within a student response area on a scan form.

Once student responses are ready for scoring, the scoring assignment Status changes to Open. Follow these steps to score the items.

Caution: You cannot review an assignment from the Score Assignments section of the News and Assignments tab of MyDashboard unless you created the scoring assignment.
Note: Using Test Center is the preferred method to display scoring assignments, but you can also use the global search. To use the global search, limit items to Scoring Assessments under Type in the REFINE BY section and then search. Click Score on the desired assignment, and proceed from Step 5 in the procedure below.

  1. Select Tests > Test Center from the main menu.
  2. Search for the test that has the scoring assignment you wish to score.

    Note: If the test does not display, ensure that its test window is open, and confirm that Limit to Open Test Window is not selected.

  3. In the test's Actions column, select Actions icon > Scoring Assignment
  4. Click Score Items.
  5. Select a scoring layout for the listed items:

    • In Item View, you will score rubrics for all students for one selected item.
    • In Student View, you will score rubrics for all items for one selected student.
      screenshot of Student View and Item View buttons
  6. In Student View, you can filter for a specific class by clicking the Select Classes filter You may select multiple classes.
  7. Depending on your layout, locate the item or student to score. Use Search to narrow the list in either layout. Click on Score Items or Score Student in the corresponding row.
  8. On the scoring screen, students being scored are represented along the top by bubbles. The student whose response you are reviewing will be designated by a small arrow beneath the bubble as well as the student name (or student ID, if blind scoring is enabled).
    screenshot of student bubble


    Once you review a student's response, you have a set time to complete the scoring. If you do not score a student's response in the defined amount of time, the response will be released to another scorer. The time remaining is indicated by a clockwise ring on the student's bubble. 
    screenshot of timer

    Once the time expires for the student, the screen turns gray and you must click the student bubble to begin scoring again.

    If you selected Item View, the additional bubbles represent students whose responses you have reviewed and who are locked to you for scoring. Scroll through students either by clicking on their bubbles or by using the left and right arrows.

    If you used Student View, only the selected student displays. Scroll through the items using the left and right arrows.
    right and left arrows screenshot

  9. Depending on how the rubric was created, an item can have multiple rubric panels to be scored. Every panel is expanded by default for reviewing and scoring, so be sure to scroll down to score all the rubrics. You can use the caret (^) to expand and collapse the rubric panels while reviewing.
  10. The prompt and student response are displayed in the middle pane of the rubric panel. If the student's response spans multiple sheets, their response is displayed in the order of the pages. If there is a passage or other resource associated with the item, it is presented in a collapsed field in the middle pane. Use the carets (^) to expand/collapse these fields.

    Tip:  You can click the full-screen icon to open a new, larger window displaying the student OLA response or full scan sheet. In Item View, the content of this window updates as you scroll through students. In Student View, this window closes when you scroll to a new item.

    screenshot of middle rubric pane

  11. Review the details of the rubric scores and criteria in the left and right panes of the rubric panel. Every rubric level is represented by tabs in the middle pane and displays each level's score. The two levels displayed are identified by larger tabs. Click these tabs to scroll through performance levels.
    screenshot showing rubric level descriptions

    For third-party items, the rubric details may be presented in a collapsed field in the middle pane. Use the expand icon to open and display the rubric.
    screenshot showing collapsed fields expansion

  12. Based on the rubric criteria, choose a score for the response by selecting the appropriate button either on the tab in the center pane or next to the rubric title in either pane. The level you select turns green.
    screenshot showing selecting score
  13. To remove scores for this item, click the refresh button next to the status bar.
  14. Select a score for each rubric associated with the item. The student bubble fills to indicate scoring progress by filling with green. When all rubrics are scored for the response, it turns completely green.
    screenshot showing transition to completed scoring
  15. If you use Item View, click Return to select a new item for scoring after you score all students.

    If you use Student View, click the home icon to select a new student for scoring after you score all items.
    screenshot of home icon

  16. The scoring assignment status changes to Closed when both of these conditions are met:
    • All student responses and rubrics have been scored by the designated number of scorers.
    • Thirty days have elapsed since the designated end date of the scoring assignment.

Once closed, scores can no longer be changed.

Quick Scoring

If you do not need to review responses or rubric details, you can use Quick Score

Note: Quick Score is only available for single scorers. When multiple scorers are required, Quick Score is disabled.

To use Quick Score:

  1. Locate and open the scoring assignment for the test.
  2. Click the Student View tab.
  3. Locate the students to be scored.
  4. In the Quick Score column, click the drop-down selector for each rubric and select a score. 

Scores save automatically. 

Note: You can also use Quick Score to change a score if you assigned the score, and the scoring window is open.

Re-scoring Student Responses

To change student scores, reset and re-score the items: 

  1. Locate and open the scoring assignment for the desired test.
  2. Click the Student View tab.
  3. Locate the student.
  4. Click Reset Scores.

  5. Click Delete to confirm.
  6. The scores are cleared, and responses can be re-scored.

Caution: If you click Reset Scores, all scores are removed for the student, including those assigned by other scorers. This action cannot be undone.

Use the global search to locate the rubric. Select Rubrics in the Type section then enter Search criteria.