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What feedback do students receive if they answer a question incorrectly?
What feedback do students receive if they answer a question incorrectly?

Learn more about the feedback that students receive when they answer a question incorrectly.

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Quill provides six tools to help students improve their grammar skills, and each of these six tools provides students with different types of feedback and scores

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Quill Grammar

Students have five attempts to submit an optimal response for a Quill Grammar activity. Students receive targeted immediate feedback after each response that they submit. If the student does not submit an optimal response, the student will see feedback prompting them to revise their response. If the student submits an optimal response, the student will see feedback that they submitted an optimal response.

When completing a Quill Grammar activity, students receive the full credit of one point if they reach an optimal response by the fifth attempt. If students do not reach an optimal response by the fifth attempt, they will not receive any points.

  • Correct answer by first attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by second attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by third attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by fourth attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by fifth attempt: 1 Point

  • Incorrect answer by fifth attempt: 0 Points


Quill Connect

Students have five attempts to submit an optimal response for a Quill Connect activity. Students receive targeted immediate feedback after each response that they submit. If the student does not submit an optimal response, the student will see feedback prompting them to revise their response. If the student submits an optimal response, the student will see feedback that they submitted an optimal response.

When completing a Quill Connect activity, students receive the full credit of one point if they reach an optimal response by the fifth attempt. If students do not reach an optimal response by the fifth attempt, they will not receive any points.

  • Correct answer by first attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by second attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by third attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by fourth attempt: 1 Point

  • Correct answer by fifth attempt: 1 Point

  • Incorrect answer by fifth attempt: 0 Points


Quill Proofreader

In Quill Proofreader, students proofread a passage to find errors and make revisions. Students are given one attempt to make all of the correct revisions, and if they do not make all of the correct revisions, they will see the errors that they missed highlighted in red and the revisions that they incorrectly made highlighted in purple. Students receive the full credit of one point for each correct revision that they make and receive no points if they miss a revision or make an incorrect revision.

If students miss a revision or make an incorrect revision, they will be automatically prompted to complete a relevant follow-up Quill Grammar or Quill Connect activity. For the follow-up activity, students receive the full credit of one point if they reach an optimal response by the fifth attempt. If students do not reach an optimal response by the fifth attempt, they will not receive any points.

Please note that the follow-up activity is considered a part of the Quill Proofreader activity, so if a student is prompted to complete a follow-up activity for a Quill Proofreader activity, they will not receive a score for the Quill Proofreader activity until the follow-up activity is completed.


Quill Diagnostic

The grading logic of Quill Diagnostics and Writing Skills Surveys deviates from the feedback-based grading logic of our other tools. Students are not provided with any feedback on their responses because Quill Diagnostics and Writing Skills Surveys are purely meant to assess students' writing skills and are intentionally written to be difficult. For this reason, when completing Quill Diagnostics and Writing Skills Surveys, students receive only one attempt to answer each prompt.

Each prompt in a Quill Diagnostic or Writing Skills Survey is meant to assess a target writing skill, and any response that demonstrates that the student has mastered the target writing skill is considered correct. As a result, the grading logic of Quill Diagnostics and Writing Skills Surveys intentionally ignores and does not remove points for spelling errors and other errors that are not related to the target writing skill. This grading logic allows Quill to more accurately create plans of practice recommendation activities for students relevant to the target writing skills that the Quill Diagnostic is assessing.

After completing a Quill Diagnostic or Writing Skills Survey, students do not see a percentage score for the Quill Diagnostic or Writing Skills Survey. Instead, a completed Quill Diagnostic or Writing Skills Survey will be denoted by a blue square and the copy, Completed. Please note that teachers are still able to view students' proficiency scores, percentage scores, and responses to prompts when looking at the Diagnostics report in the My Reports tab.

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After students complete a Quill Diagnostic or Writing Skills Survey, you can assign plans of practice recommendation activities that Quill has created based on students' performances on the Quill Diagnostic or Writing Skills Survey.


Quill Lessons

During Quill Lessons, our tool for instruction with whole classes or small groups of students, teachers lead students through slides, and students engage with the slides by responding to prompts and discussing the relevant writing skills. During Quill Lessons, students will not receive automatic targeted feedback on their responses; however, teachers can choose to anonymously display student responses during the Quill Lesson to prompt discussion, give feedback, and encourage students to revise their answers. On the last slide of the lesson, you can assign a follow-up Quill Grammar or Quill Connect activity. Please note that although Quill Lessons are not graded; the follow-up Quill Grammar or Quill Connect activity are graded with the grading logic described above.

To anonymously display a student's response during a Quill Lesson, check the box to the right of the student's response and click the Display Selected Answers button.

Select to display, then display selected answers

To prompt a student to revise their response during a Quill Lesson, click the Have Student Retry icon to the far right of the student's response.

Have student retry question


Quill Reading for Evidence

Please click here to learn more about the grading logic of Quill Reading for Evidence.


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