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 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 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 score 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 access a student's diagnostic grade 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.

For more information on how the Quill feedback process works, check out our Teacher Center article on Quill's feedback.

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