If your school uses standards-based grading and has more than one tier of standards (think parent and child standards), it's important to understand how these different levels interact with each other for grading purposes. In a nutshell, Schoolrunner can display all standard results independently of each other or it can roll up child results into parent standards.


The setting that determines whether standards are rolled up or evaluated independently is listed under the "Standards-Based Grading" category on the Settings page and is titled "Standards Roll-Up".



If this setting is left empty (or has a value of "0"), Schoolrunner will display and evaluate all standards independently, and the relation between parent, child, and grandchild standards will be irrelevant. Course grades will be determined by an average of every standard that has results.


Schoolrunner identifies parent standards as level 1, child standards as level 2, grandchild standards as level 3, and so on.


When a value is entered in this setting, it tells our system to display the standards of that level, but to ignore any results for that level itself, and instead use the average results of its children and grandchildren (if any exist). In other words, a "1" entered here tells our system to display the names of level 1 (parent) standards, but average the results of child standards in lieu of any level 1 results that may exist. A "2" entered here tells our system to display the names of level 2 (child) standards, but average the results of any grandchild standards in lieu of any level 2 results that may exist (and any level 1 results that may exist are also ignored).


One important exception: if there are results for the standard level entered into the "Standards Roll-Up" setting, but there are no child/grandchild results below that level, Schoolrunner will then use any existing results for that level. In other words, if "1" is entered in this setting, and there are level 1 results but no results for any children or grandchildren of a level 1 standard, the level 1 results will factor into grades.


Here's an example of how standards could be tiered in Schoolrunner:


Level 1/Parent
Level 2/Child
Level 3/Grandchild
Standard A



Standard A.1


Standard A.2



Standard A.2.i


Standard A.2.ii

Standard A.3



Standard A.3.i

Standard A.4


If the roll-up setting is left blank (or set to 0), our system will list and evaluate each of these standard results independently. This is the simplest way to calculate and display standards, because all standards are shown and weighted evenly. A student's overall performance for these standards would look something like this:


Standard A
85
Standard A.1
70
Standard A.2
85
Standard A.2.i
60
Standard A.2.ii
90
Standard A.3
55
Standard A.3.i
70
Standard A.4
95


If the roll-up setting is set to "1", Schoolrunner will show the parent standard (in green), but ignore any results for the parent itself (in gray) in favor of any existing results of its children (in blue). Although, results of child standards will also be ignored in favor of any existing grandchild results (in red).


Standard A
(85) 77.5



Standard A.1
70


Standard A.2
(85) 75



Standard A.2.i
60


Standard A.2.ii
90

Standard A.3
(55) 70



Standard A.3.i
70

Standard A.4
95


If the roll-up setting is set to "2", Schoolrunner will show the child standards (in green). Everything about the parent standard will be ignored (in gray). It will also ignore any results for the child in favor of any existing grandchild results (in blue).


Standard A
(85)



Standard A.1
70


Standard A.2
(85) 75



Standard A.2.i
60


Standard A.2.ii
90

Standard A.3
(55) 70



Standard A.3.i
70

Standard A.4
95


If the roll-up setting is set to "3", Schoolrunner will show the grandchild standards (in green) and their results. Everything about the parent and child standards will be ignored (in gray).


Standard A
(85)



Standard A.1
70


Standard A.2
(85) 75



Standard A.2.i
60


Standard A.2.ii
90

Standard A.3
(55) 70



Standard A.3.i
70

Standard A.4
95


One final note: the roll-up setting is not limited to levels 1, 2, and 3. You can use further levels of standards (great-grandchild [level 4], great-great-grandchild [level 5], etc.). However, the deeper standards go, the more likely it is to cause confusion for parents, teachers, and staff members, so please keep that in mind as you structure your standards!