Quill offers various student data reports for teachers to review students’ submissions, grade or proficiency status, and the feedback they received on each activity. For more information on how the Quill feedback process works, check out our Teacher Center article on Quill's feedback.

Table of Contents:

  1. Mastery Status Grading

  2. Grading Logic

  3. Viewing Student Grades

Mastery Status Grading

Quill employs a mastery-based grading system to grade activities.

Screenshot of the proficiency grading system. Green for proficient, yellow for nearly proficient, red for not yet proficient, and blue for completed.

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%.

  • Completed (’blue’) for activities that are not graded, such as a Diagnostic or Quill Lesson

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

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

Students will only see the mastery status from their accounts. The grade does not appear. We encourage students to replay their activities and Go for Green to get additional practice on skills and earn a higher grade.

Student completed activities page showing their proficiency status.

Grading Logic

As of September 2017, Quill provides five tools to help students improve their writing, grammar, and proofreading skills. Each tool has its own grading logic, and you can view student grades on the various student data reports.

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 gives feedback and the student is allowed to improve the sentence. Students receive 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 Grammar: Five Attempts

The grading logic for Quill Grammar directly mirrors that of Quill Connect. Students receive 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 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. If students do not correctly revise one or more errors in the passage, they will complete a follow-up Quill Grammar or Quill Connect activity. These follow-up activities follow the same grading logic as Quill Grammar and Quill Connect.

Quill Lessons

In Quill Lessons, students have the opportunity to respond to prompts and answer questions. Students will not receive automatic feedback on their responses, but you as the teacher can anonymously display student responses, give feedback, and have the student resubmit their answers. On the last slide of the lesson, you can assign follow-up independent practice activities. These follow-up activities are either Quill Grammar or Quill Connect activities, and these activities will be graded.

Quill Diagnostic and Skill Surveys: One Attempt

The Quill Diagnostic grading logic deviates from the feedback-based grading models of our other tools. Students are not provided with any feedback on their responses, and they receive only one attempt to answer the question. Each question on our diagnostics/skill surveys is meant to assess a very specific grammar skill or set of skills. Any response that demonstrates the student has mastered the target skill is considered optimal. As a result, the diagnostic grading logic intentionally ignores (and does not take off points for) spelling errors and other errors that aren't related to the target skill, unlike the grading logic for all other Quill tools.

This grading approach allows Quill to more accurately recommend appropriate activities for students across the specific concepts that the diagnostic is assessing. Additionally, since the diagnostics are used to gauge students' skills, some of the questions are intentionally difficult to assess their needs.

Students do not see their grade at the end of the diagnostic/skills survey—instead, a completed diagnostic will appear as "Completed" with a blue square to denote completion. A teacher will be able to view the questions a student answered correctly on a diagnostic by going to Student Reports and selecting the Diagnostics Report. There, you can also access Quill's recommended activities based on your student's diagnostic performance.

See the article on Diagnostic Recommendations here.


Viewing Student Grades

To view student grades, click on the “Student Reports” tab, then select a report you would like to view.

The Activity Summary report provides a high-level overview of student grades, proficiency status, and replay attempts. The Activity Analysis report shows you a student's grade, submission, and the feedback they received on a particular activity. The Diagnostics Report provides information on class-wide and individual skill proficiency and shows you the recommended follow-up practice activities.

The Activity Scores* report provides a "Quill Report Card", showing a student's grades on each activity. The Concepts Report* shows you information on the various concepts and skills students have encountered on Quill. The Standards Report* provides information on each Common Core State Standard the student has encountered on Quill. The Data Export* feature allows you to download data into a spreadsheet for further analysis or to import into your school's grade book.

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