The Benchmark Grades setting allows instructors to set the grading curve based on the top 5 highest-ranked and bottom 5 lowest-ranked submissions. Those ten submissions are sent to the instructor, who assigns each one a grade on a 0-100 scale. After those submissions have been graded, all other submission scores are distributed in a linear fashion between the instructor set points, in accordance with the weighted peer ratings.
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Why Use Benchmarked Grading?
Benchmarking allows for the instructor to have a role in the grading process, be aware of students' submissions, and monitor student reviewing. It allows for the instructor to see a reasonable sample of the submissions and grade them holistically. This can help calibrate the students' submission grades and it also allows for the instructor to have an idea of how the students are meeting the assignment outcomes, without requiring the instructor to review all or a majority of the submissions.
Benchmarking is not the best setting if you are planning to review most or all submissions or have your review set on a sliding scale. If you are reviewing a majority or all of the documents, use Curved Grading instead because you are already actively participating in the assessment process.
Last, if you have fewer than 10 student submissions for this assignment, please use the Curved Grading style. Please note that this includes group assignments; if there are fewer than 10 groups, benchmarked grading is not possible!
Setting Up a Benchmarked Assignment
Creating a new assignment? In the New Assignment wizard, choose Benchmarked as the grading style. The Grade Curve mean and standard deviation will apply to the reviewing score curve but not to the document score curve in benchmarked assignments. Set Hold Grades for Manual Release to Yes so that you can view the grades before they are released to students or the LMS.
Copying a past assignment? Start by going to Assignments - New Assignment. Then, click Click HERE to Copy a Past Assignment. Choose the assignment; you can re-set the grading style, so you are not limited to assignments that were benchmarked previously. Add a title and select new deadline dates before clicking Copy Assignment.
Then, click on Edit Settings. Next, go to Grading Style and select Benchmarked. We recommend that you also edit the settings to set Hold Grades for Manual Release to Yes. Click Update after making any desired changes to the assignment settings.
When the reviewing period closes, you will receive an email that documents are ready for benchmark grading.
1. Go to the Assignment dashboard and click Benchmark Grading.
2. The next screen will display the pseudonym of the five documents that received the highest review ratings and the five that received the lowest review ratings. You need to assign the documents a holistic score out of 100. Clicking View Document will open the document in a new tab for you to read.
Save Benchmark Grades: Press this if you need to stop before you have finished grading or if you will have to go back to grading after additional documents have been reviewed.
Refresh Benchmark Docs: This button will re-analyze the reviewed documents and pull the current top 5 and bottom 5. IT IS RARE THAT AN INSTRUCTOR NEEDS TO DO THIS. If the student documents were submitted and reviewed on time, you should not need this button.
3. Press Save Benchmark Grades when you are done grading. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how the grades were distributed based on those that were benchmarked.
The blue dots on the graph represent the graded documents. The orange dots show the distribution of the documents that were reviewed but not graded. They are distributed in a linear fashion between the high and low set, based on their reviewing scores.
4. If the all of the assignment deadlines have closed and all of the benchmarking documents have been graded, student grades are complete. If your assignment is not set to hold grades for manual release, they will automatically publish to the student's Peerceptiv grade book and, if using an LMS, to the LMS grade book as well. If your assignment is set for manual release of grades, you will need to go to the Results tab and click Release Grades to Students.
More information about troubleshooting benchmarked grades can be found here.
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