The Standards-Based Gradebook – Beta
If you’ve noticed that Think Thank Thunk’s usual flow of poor editing and faulknerisms has slowed to an almost halt, it’s because I’ve been coding, also, thanks for noticing. Coding what? The Standards-Based Gradebook!
Here’s the goal: I want to develop a piece of software that better aligns my (our?) assessment philosophy with my ability to actually report data to students and parents. What does that mean? It means I look like this right now:
My current plan is have a private beta running this summer, and then to open a semi-public beta in the fall. Those of you who are on the summer list, expect a carrier pigeon with some login information in a week or so. Also, I will have to cap the fall participants because I will be hosting all of the data; I’ll let you know about the sign-up process in August. Eek!
Here’s a current features list:
- Grades are organized by concept (Standard) rather than by assessment.
- Assessments of students are independent of other students (one student may have 15 assessments, and another may have only 1 of the same standard)
- Grades can be calculated by most recent score, average (boo), mode, or custom-defined rules.
- Totally platform independent web technology (HTML5, AJAX, and PHP), unless you’re using Internet Explorer 6, in which case you’ll just be redirected to download Chrome.
- Grades are stored in the non-proprietary SQL format (Can I get an Amen?)
- Can you say “dynamic graphs of student scores on standard specific assessments over time?”
- Much more that I don’t want to commit to before the beta, but oh man I’m pumped.
What I want from all of you is input. I want this thing to be built by robots teachers for enslaving mankind teachers. I want the final product to be so beautiful that only a crying bald eagle towing Old Glory over a field of wheat will be more touching. Do you understand?! Leave feature requests in the comments, please.