Grading Indicators in AT&S


Etudes uses the following two indicators to help you stay on top of grading in Assignments, Tests and Surveys (AT&S): 

grading indicators

  • The “needs grading” indicator is provided to help you determine which submissions or assessments have not been graded. 
  • The little person (“live”) indicator means that students have begun or have taken the assessment, but there is nothing for you to grade.  
  1. “Needs Grading” Icon in Assessments with Subjective Questions

    If your assessment includes subjective questions (essays or tasks) that require manual grading, you will see the ‘needs grading’ icon by the assessment title in the main page of AT&S, in the grading views, and by each student’s ungraded submission. This indicator is provided to alert you that you have not yet scored one or more submissions in a particular assessment. 

    The ‘needs grading’ indicator is shown if the submission is released or not released. 

    In order for the ‘needs grading’ icon to go away in subjective assessments, you can do any of the following:

    • Grade the essay questions or tasks in the assessment and assign them a score.
    • Adjust the final score of a student’s submission.
    • Mark a student’s ungraded submission as “Evaluated.”

When either of the above actions is taken for all ungraded submissions, the ‘needs grading’ icon will disappear. It will show up again if new subjective submissions are turned in. 

In the cases where no manual evaluation is required, the instructor can clear the “needs grading” indicator by checking the “evaluated” flag for the submission. 

Note: Getting a “0” to stick as a final score can be a challenge, as it’s hard for Etudes to know if the 0 means it’s not graded or if it’s what you want students to be awarded. If needed, the submission can be marked as “evaluated”, which means it will never show as “partial” or “needs grading”. The indicator flag will go away when the submission is released.

  1. “Needs Grading” Icon in Assessments with Objective Questions that Ask for “Reason for Answer”

Objective exams are always auto-scored and don’t get the Ungraded icon, even if you set them to Manual release – except in the following unique use case. 

The Ungraded flag is displayed in objective exams if you ask students to include ‘reason for answer’ in their responses, and they do so. If you want to track if students include ‘reason for answer’, you want to set the release to ‘manual’ in the assessment’s settings. Etudes will auto-score the objective questions, but will not release the scores to students. The ‘needs grading’ indicator will appear for unreleased submissions that have objective answers with reasons given. This gives you the opportunity to evaluate the reasons given by students, adjust the scores, if needed, and release the submissions. 

 In order for the ‘needs grading’ icon to go away in objective exams with ‘reasons for answer’ given, you can do any of the following:

  • Adjust the auto-score of a the question (with the reason) with a new score.
  • Adjust the final score.
  • Enter evaluation comments in the question or overall comments.
  • Mark the submission as “Evaluated”. 
  • Release the submission.

The ‘needs grading’ indicator will always go away in objective assessments with reasons for answer if you release the submissions (checking the ‘Released’ box and saving). 

Since an assessment can have multiple questions, the submission will show the ‘needs grading’ indicator if any of the answers qualify for the indicator. The assessment will show ‘needs grading’ when any of its submissions qualify (essays, tasks, or objective questions with ‘reasons for answer’ given). The “needs grading” icons will help you narrow down where the ungraded items are located. 


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