Mastery Status

Quill employs a mastery-based grading system. Students earn:

  • Proficient (‘green’) for scoring between 80-100%.
  • Nearly Proficient (‘yellow’) for scoring between 60%-79%.
  • Not Proficient (‘red’) for scoring between 0%-59%.

The Common Core standards page shows teachers how students have performed on each standard. A student’s mastery status is the student’s average score across all of the activities associated with that standard.

The student’s overall mastery status is the student’s overall average score across all of the Quill activities.

Grading Logic

As of January 2017, Quill provides four tools to help students improve their writing, grammar, and proofreading skills. Each tool has its own grading logic.

Quill Proofreader: One Attempt

In Quill Proofreader, students proofread a passage to find and correct the errors. Students are given one attempt to find the errors, and if they do not find them, they see the error highlighted in red. Students receive full credit for making the right correction on the first attempt and receive no credit if they do not get it right on the first attempt.

Quill Grammar: Two Attempts

Students are able to attempt each Quill Grammar question twice. If they get it right on either first or second attempt, students receive full credit for the question. If they answer incorrectly twice they move on to the next question.

Quill Connect: Five Attempts

In Quill Connect, Quill's sentence combining tool, students are provided with up to five opportunities to revise their work. Students receive instant feedback after each attempt. If a student writes a strong answer on the first attempt, the student receives full credit. If the student does not write a strong sentence, the program serves feedback and the student is allowed to improve the sentence. Student receives partial credit based on the number of attempts:

  • 1st Attempt: 1 Point
  • 2nd Attempt: 3/4's of a Point
  • 3rd Attempt: 1/2 of a Point
  • 4th Attempt: 1/4 of a Point
  • 5th Attempt: No Points

Quill Diagnostic: One Attempt

Students are not provided with any feedback on the diagnostic. Since we are using it to gauge the student's skills, some of the questions are intentionally difficult to assess their needs. Students do not see their score at the end, and every student earns a 100% score for completing the diagnostic.

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