Should I use points in my scoring guide?
As you build your scoring guides, you will be deciding whether or not to use points as a scoring method. You will also need to make this decision in regards to scoring expectations for any unit.
Using points allows you to assign a point value to each performance level. You may wish to require that students earn a certain number of points to pass the unit. As you build your scoring guide, you will go through a series of decisions on whether you use points and how you would like to use them if you decide to do so.
The underlying principle involves assessment quantification. Some programs may wish to give evaluators more flexibility as they select each unit score. In this case, not using points would be the best choice. The evaluator would be free to score each expectation and then select a score for the unit without any restrictions caused by the use of points. Other programs may wish to have a more concrete scoring structure. In this case, using points would be the best choice. The evaluator would select scores for each expectation and unit with the set parameters of the point structure in mind.