Veracross offers a set of specific portal features for use in International Baccalaureate MYP programs, which are designed to be used with the official IB MYP criteria. This article describes how to configure a class for MYP grading, and also how assignments are graded and viewed in the teacher, parent, and student portals. To use these features, speak with a Veracross representative for pricing details.
MYP Grading Configuration
To set up MYP grading, there are four steps in the configuration process:
Create and set up your qualitative templates — which are collections of rubric categories needed for assessment of your MYP classes (which are configured in Step 2). You can add these from the System homepage by clicking on the +Add menu and selecting Qualitative Template. Alternatively, you can have Veracross create these for you with the following options:
- Create a list of qualitative templates using standard IB subject groups (list)
- Create a list of qualitative templates based on some other logic that you define (e.g., each template corresponds with the name of a course)
Create Rubric Categories, Rubrics, and Criteria that you intend to use in your MYP classes. You can create these manually from each of the qualitative template records using the Add Record... button, filling in the name of the rubric category description in the correct column, and clicking Update. From there, you can click into the rubric category record and configure rubrics from there. You can read more about these here.
Alternatively, you can have Veracross create these for you with the following options:
- Create a list of Rubric Categories (each with a rubric) that matches the name of the qualitative template it belongs to. Each Rubric within that category will be created with the 4 MYP Criteria (A, B, C, and D). Each of those criteria can be given a scale based on IB standards for MYP. The scale can include IB grade descriptors, but doesn't have to.
- Create a list of Rubric Categories (each with a matching rubric and set of A-D criteria) based on some other logic that you define (e.g., a Category per course where the name of each Category matches the name of each course).
Note: Rubrics for MYP assignments must hold the "MYP" tag and the criteria must be labeled either A, B, C, or D. There is no limit to the number of rubric categories that can be associated with a single qualitative template.
Attach the finished qualitative templates to their respective classes (not courses). Do this by navigating to the Qualitative Configuration tab of the Class record and clicking on the Add Record... button. A qualitative template must be added for each grading period. Once qualitative templates are attached to a class, qualitative grades no longer pull from the course, even if the course has qualitative grades attached to it. This means that teachers no longer see any qualitative grades from the course in the teacher portal — they will only see grades from the qualitative templates.
Submit a Client Portal request to have Veracross enable the MYP grading functionality. Once you've received confirmation from your Account Manager that the initial configuration has been set up correctly, identify which (if not all) classes will be using MYP grading. Use the Review Class Configuration query on the System homepage in Axiom to set the Assignment Grading Method field to "IB MYP Criteria." Changing the Assignment Grading Method field to this option will allow teachers to enter assignments with MYP criteria grades.
Criteria grades are the key to MYP grading. As a result, the Veracross gradebook has a workflow for configuring assignments to allow for MYP criteria grades. Once a class has been configured for MYP grading, the teacher will see options for assessing criteria A through D on each new assignment.
When the teacher is ready to grade the assignment, there are two possible methods for grade entry. The first method is to enter the grades into the appropriate dropdown fields for each individual student. This grade entry view is available on the Student Scores tab on the assignment detail screen. The second method is to enter the grades into the appropriate dropdown fields for all students in the same view. This method is accessible via the Criteria Grades tab on the assignment detail.
As specified by the IB MYP curriculum, the scale values for all criteria grades are numbers 1 through 8. Once grades have been entered, teachers can view all of their assignments and student scores in the Gradebook tab of the class in the teacher portal. When the class is configured to allow MYP grading, the gradebook will display the associated criteria grades for relevant assignments.
The MYP gradebook also offers a Criteria Report, which displays all students’ assignment grades broken down by criterion. This report helps teachers see student grades for each criteria at a glance.
MYP Grade Detail Report
The Grade Detail Report also has a customized format when a class is configured for MYP grading. The MYP Grade Detail Report does not display an overall numeric grade, but rather shows criteria grades for each assignment. Assignments are grouped by criterion so that the viewer can see student scores by criteria for every assignment. For more detailed information, see the dedicated IB MYP Grade Detail Report article.
Report Card Grade and Comment Entry
Note: this section refers to the new report card form.
The Report Card Form is where teachers will need to enter a student’s overall criteria grade for the term. Because MYP grading does not have a calculated numeric grade, teachers use their judgement to decide the best grade for the student for the term based on assignment criteria grades. On the Report Card Form, teachers can use the View Grades button to see the assignments that measured those criteria and the grades the students received for each assignment. This view will help the teacher make a well-informed decision about the student’s term grade.
In addition, the system calculates and displays a pre-boundary grade for each student. This grade is the sum of all the criteria grades for the term. Once that sum is available, the system runs the sum through the IB MYP boundary conversion and also displays a post-boundary grade, which will appear on each student’s report card.
Finally, teachers can enter comments for the term if the school chooses to display comments on the report card.