When creating an assessment, the "Tags" and "Tag Weight" fields can help organize and weight your questions, in addition to giving you more insight into your students’ results.
Tags act as labels that you can apply to the questions on your assessment. They can be used to organize question types, questions that relate to particular chapters, difficulty levels, etc. As long as you use commas to separate them, you can use more than one tag per question. However, be aware that tag weight (see below) applies only to the first tag.
You’re free to use any tags or shorthand that makes sense to you. The following assessment has questions that are tagged as multiple choice (MC), short answer (SA), essay, chapter one (ch. 1), easy, and hard.
If you tag your questions, you’ll be able to analyze each tag after you save your assessment by using the Mastery Breakdown Options on the Analysis tab.
Note: Tags do not register across assessments. Any tags used on an assessment apply only to that particular assessment.
Tag weight allows you to assign percentage values to your tags. This basically means that certain types of questions (as determined by your tags) count as a set percentage of the assignment, after determining your score for that particular tag. Note: tag weights can only be used in conjunction with a tag; they cannot be used on their own! If a tag weight is entered, but has no corresponding tag, our system will remove that tag weight, essentially making that question not count toward the assessment. Tag weights must also be whole numbers.
This can be very useful for assessments with many questions and sections since it saves you from calculating out ungainly values to enter into the Point Value field when you want everything to add up to 100%. However, tag weights do not have to add up to 100 – they are relative to each other, so they can add to any sum.
Using the same assessment, the multiple choice section is now worth 15% of the assessment, the short answer questions are 35%, and the essay makes up the remaining 50%.
Note that you only need to assign a weight to the first type of tag. Schoolrunner will automatically recognize all other questions with that tag and apply the right weight.
Compare the difference in scores on the same assessment when tag weight is applied. In this assessment, most of the weight is placed on the final three questions, so a student who misses all of the multiple choice questions can still get a good grade by performing well on the heavier sections.
No Tag Weight (calculated from points achieved out of points possible):
With Tag Weight (calculated according to tag values):
If you contrast the raw and weighted scores in this example, Brandy Walters benefitted from tag weights and Brian Clark suffered due to them. This shows how tag weights redistribute the value and weight of a given assessment.