To learn more about options for blending points grades and 4-3-2-1 standards scores, click here.
To access links to the actual course standards, or for answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
Four key steps to report Standards scores in Synergy
Step 1: FLIP (Turn Standards Mode ON)
Enter the Synergy TeacherVUE grade book to flip "Standards Mode" to ON for ALL of your classes (both semesters). This Knowledgebase article created by the district IT team does an excellent job of walking you through this. Scroll down to steps 3 through 5 under the heading "Teacher Grade Book Setup." Complete each step fully.
This is what your grade book should look like when the switch has been FLIPPED for all your classes:
FLIPPED: Standards Mode switches flipped "ON" (blue) and "Overall Grade From" set to "ASSIGNMENTS" (Orange).
Step 2: LOAD (Load the pre-assigned standards for your course so that they are easily available to attach later on)
The district has already uploaded into Synergy all the standards selected by the district committees for all the courses in TTSD. To make it much easier to attach standards to assignments later on, the next step is to LOAD all the standards for your respective courses by following the steps in the same Knowledgebase article (linked here). Follow steps 1-4 under "Loading Course Aligned Standards." You will need to repeat this one time process for each of your class periods for each of your courses (both semesters). Then you will be done for the year.
This is what YOU will see on the Standards tab for your classes AFTER you have loaded the standards:
LOADED. (Notice that you can "Load Standards from Course Alignment" - lower left - to get to this stage).
It is important to note that parents and students WILL NOT SEE any standards that you have LOADED BUT NOT ATTACHED. Standards only become visible on StudentVUE and ParentVUE when they have been ATTACHED. This is why it is recommended that you do not attach any standards to any assignments UNTIL you are ready to report scores. Otherwise, there will be standards visibly posted with no score. If this goes on for a long time, it could confuse parents (especially if there are blank scores on the quarter or semester report cards that are issued).
INTERIM STEP: Give an assessment of one or more standards
As noted on the ASSESSING STANDARDS page, your course team can adjust existing tests, projects, papers, presentations, labs, or other assessments to streamline them for 4-3-2-1 scoring. Or you can agree to a score translation scale. Either way you go, you will be entering two scores for an Assignment entry that has one or more attached standards.Not every Assignment will have a standard attached. In fact, most of them probably will not. Only those Assignments that provide some form of summative measure of a student's performance on a loaded and agreed upon standard will have standards attached to them.Once your team has decided which standards to attach for a given semester of a course and how to translate test, paper, project, etc. scores to 4-3-2-1 (so there is consistency within the course team), you can then collect assessments of your students and score them. Once scored, you are ready to ATTACH (step 3) and REPORT (step 4).
Step 3: ATTACH (Attach one or more preloaded standards to an assignment or assessment)
Scroll down in the Knowledgebase article to the "Adding Standards to Assignments" section. Complete the three steps listed there. Notice that you will click the "Standards Correlations" tab in TeacherVUE to select from the loaded standards which you will attach to an assessment.
In the image below (from the Knowledgebase), a teacher is selecting a standard to attach:
Here is what it will look like when you have ATTACHED a standard to an assignment:
ATTACHED. You can see that this is the only standard attached to this assignment. The standard will now be visible to parents and students in "Standards View."
INTERIM STEP: Enter the usual Assignment score, in the usual way (this is the grade-calculating step)
This interim step is nothing new, but the standards reporting step (see step 4 below) is new. Let's say you gave a test and the student scored 48 out of 56. You first enter that points score in the Assignment column in the same way you always would. That is the interim step. Let's go further and say that your course team has decided that any score between 80% and 89% on a test will be reported as a 3 on the 4-3-2-1 standards score. In that case, after entering the student's score of 48 in the Assignment View for this given assignment, you will then click Standards View (see photos and explanation below, under Step 4) and enter a 3 as the student's Standards score.
REMINDER:Synergy does not use the Standards score (reported as a 4, or 3, or 2, or 1, or blank) to calculate the student's grade. To Synergy, this is a purely informational field to place on report cards and show in StudentVUE and ParentVUE. However, this does not mean that an assignment with standards attached should have no effect on the grade. The aim is for a purposeful correlation between the Assignment score and the Standards score (whether through rubric design or agreed upon score translation scales), such that performance on the standards does affect the grade (according to the weight given to the assessment in the grade book, by whichever calculation method you have set up). In the example immediately above, a student who scored 24 out of 56 on the unit test would have that 42.9% average in their Assignment score of 24 (profoundly affecting the grade calculation) and a Standards score of 1 (not affecting the calculation). In other words, these are not two separate scores but two different ways of reporting one performance.
Of course, a team could enter an Assignment in Synergy as "Not for Grading" and then enter standards scores for it in order to report on progress toward those standards. This is less than ideal due to the complications it may create. The intention behind the standards is to give more information about the specific standards areas, affecting the score through assignment points, in which the student is excelling, performing well, or not meeting expectations. If multiple standards scores for a student are high (3s and 4s) but are "not for grading" (and, therefore, do not affect the grade), it indeed could cause confusion about why the student has a grade of, say, D in the class. If Assignment scores and Standards scores are purposefully correlated, there is less chance this will occur.
Step 4: REPORT (Enter the 4-3-2-1 scores in Standards View of the assignment)
Finally, here is what it looks like as you enter scores in Standards view:
IT'S NOT YOU, IT'S THEM: You truly cannot enter a ZERO (or other indicator that a student has not completed an assessment) for a Standards score.This means students who have NOT COMPLETED an assessment will have a blank spot in "Standards View" (and on the report card). We can educate students and parents that a blank spot on a standards assessment is bad and should be immediately dealt with, but only if we usually REPORT scores shortly after ATTACHING them in Synergy.