How do I manage outcome mastery calculations in an account?
If the Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales feature option is enabled for your account, mastery scales and calculation methods are separated from individual outcomes, and the Outcomes page displays Mastery Scales and Calculation Methods tabs.
From the Calculation tab, you can set mastery calculation methods for the entire account.
- Enabling the Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales feature option will affect current account data.
- If a rubric with aligned outcomes has been used to assess an assignment before Account and Course Level Outcome Mastery Scales are enabled, the assignment is not affected. However, any assignments that have not been assessed by the rubric are affected if mastery scores are adjusted.
In Global Navigation, click the Admin link , then click the name of the account .
In Account Navigation, click the Outcomes link.
To view and manage the mastery calculation method, click the Calculation tab.
Note: If the Calculation tab does not display in the Outcomes page, account-level outcome mastery calculations have not been enabled by your institution.
Select Calculation Method
To set the mastery calculation method, click the Mastery Calculation drop-down menu . You can select one of four calculation methods: Decaying Average , n Number of Times , Most Recent Score , and Highest Score .
Select Decaying Average
To average assessment item scores with a greater weight for the most recent assessment item, select the Decaying Average option .
The Decaying Average calculation splits the total percentage between the most recent assessment item and an average of all prior assessment items. For example, you can set the most recent submission to be weighted at 40% of the total and prior items to be weighted at 60% of the total.
Enter the percentage to use for the most recent result in the Parameter field . You can also increase or decrease the parameter by using the Arrow icons . The Parameter field accepts whole numbers between 1 and 99. By default, the parameter is set to 65%. The remaining amount is used to weigh prior scores.
In the Example section , the calculation updates based on your select parameter. The average is rounded to the next two decimals. If there is only one result, the single score will be displayed.
Select n Number of Times
To set a number of times that a student must meet or exceed mastery on a set amount of aligned items, select the n Number of Times option .
Enter the number of times mastery must be achieved in the Parameter field . You can also increase or decrease the parameter by using the Arrow icons . The Parameter field accepts numbers between 1 and 5.
Any scores that do not meet mastery are not used in the calculation.
You can view an example of the n Number of Times calculation in the Example section .
Select Most Recent Score
To select the score for the most recent assessment item, select the Most Recent Score option .
You can view an example of the Most Recent Score calculation in the Example section .
Select Highest Score
To select the highest score from all assessment items, select the Highest Score option .
You can view an example of the Highest Score calculation in the Example section .
Save Calculation Method
To save your calculation method, click the Save Mastery Calculation button.
Confirm Calculation Changes
To confirm your changes to the mastery calculation, click the Save button.