Test Grading and Analysis

 Vendor documentation: “Grading Tests“; “Item Analysis“; “Resolve Student Issues with test

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Grade Test

Grade Center column is created automatically for each test you create and link in your course. Access the Grade Test page from the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center. You can navigate among users and attempts, view rubrics, grade anonymously, and view information about a test.

How to Access Test Attempts From the Grade Center

  1. From the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section.
  2. Click Full Grade Center or the Tests smart view, if available, to access test attempts.

How to Grade Tests by Question

For each test, you can choose to grade all responses to a specific question. This allows you to move from test to test, viewing and scoring the same question for each student. Grading this way can save time as you concentrate only on the answers for a single question.  At the same time, you can grade questions anonymously. All test attempts remain in needs grading status until you have graded all of the responses for all questions.

  1. In the Grade Center (or on Needs Grading page), click the downward arrow next Test column title and click Grade Questions.
  2. On the Grade Questions page, you can filter the questions by status: GradedNeeds Grading, or In Progress. You may also select the check box for Grade Responses Anonymously, if needed.
  3. For each question, click the number in the Responses column.
  4. On the Grade Responses page, expand the Question Information link to view the question. If you did not previously select anonymous grading, click Hide User Names on the action bar. Click OK in the pop-up window to verify the action.
  5. Click Edit next to the score for a user.
  6. Type a grade in the Score box. Optionally, add Response Feedback specific to the individual question. The feedback box only appears for certain question types, such as Essays. Click Submit.
  7. Optionally, if you associated a rubric with Essay, Short Answer, or File Response questions, click View Rubric to grade the question using the rubric.
  8. After grading all student responses, click Back to Questions to return to the Grade Questions page.

Item Analysis

Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts.

Instructors, graders, and TAs  can access item analysis in three locations within the assessment workflow. It is available in the contextual menu for a:

  • Test deployed in a content area.
  • Deployed test listed on the Tests page.
  • Grade Center column.

Item Analysis

Resolve Student Issues with Test

Submit a Test for a Student

If a student was unable to submit a test, but had completed the work, you can submit the attempt so that you can grade the attempt.

  1. In the Grade Center, locate the cell containing the attempt, which displays the in progress icon.In Porgress Icon
  2. Access the cell’s contextual menu by clicking on the downward arrow and click View Grade Details.
  3. On the Grade Details page, click View Attempt.
  4. Be sure the answers were saved.If multiple questions are marked with No Answer, you can Clear Attempt. The student will have to take the test again.
  5. Click Test Information to expand the section.Test Info
  6. If you are satisfied with the student’s test attempt, click Submit Attempt.
  7. Click OK to confirm the attempt submission.

Clear a Test Attempt

If a student experiences a technical problem while taking a test or needs an additional attempt, you can help by clearing the test attempt. When you clear an attempt, the grade is cleared from the Grade Center and the student can retake the test.

  1. On the Grade Details page, click Clear Attempt.Clear Attempt
  2. Click OK to confirm and remove the attempt.
  3. On the Grade History tab, the action is recorded with “Attempt Grade Cleared.” In the Grade Center, no grade or icon appears in the student’s test cell.


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