Precision in writing allows students' ideas to be as clear they can be. Occasionally, our algorithm requires specificity. Regardless, we’re always encouraging students to be clear and careful.
This method of writing reinforces precision in reading and in reading comprehension. Ambiguity in a sentence allows for unclear meaning and confusion. This is a particularly important skill to have when reading and writing in a variety of subject areas, like math, science, and history.
All of Quill's graded activities will check for spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, as well as concept.
However, when it comes to our Quill Diagnostics, we are grading for the concept rather than the spelling, in order to be as accurate as possible with our post-diagnostic recommendations.
For example, in the student report shown below for a diagnostic activity, you'll notice that even though student made typos (e.g. "cor" rather than "car" on Question 9), Quill still counts the answer as correct because they demonstrated that they understood the concept:
For all other (non-diagnostic) activities, we will indeed prompt the student for another attempt if they made a typo. You can learn how the number of attempts factors into how we grade here: https://support.quill.org/en/articles/1049935-how-does-quill-grade-activities.
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