Commenting on Evidence of Learning

This article references the Secondary Schoology Guidelines.  This video has been provided as an overview of all aspects of reporting and marking in Schoology.

Assessment Feedback

All summative assessments must include a comment or feedback. Sufficient data and qualitative feedback should be available in the Schoology Gradebook so that students and their parents are aware of areas of strength, growth, and next steps towards a given learning goal. It is important that there are no surprises when the report card is published. More information is always better, so teachers should feel free to include additional comments on work that is not summative.

There are two different ways feedback can be given:

  • If your uploaded rubric is detailed and specific, a Schoology comment can be given to students and families to “please see the rubric for detailed feedback.”
  • Or, Narrative comments can be attached to the assignment in Schoology.

There should be a sufficient amount of feedback evident that the student’s learning journey is clear.

If a student is not reaching “Exhibiting” for a Reporting Category, teachers must communicate with parents (via email) early and often in order to avoid any surprises when the report card is published. Email is the primary method of communication with both Parent(s) and Students. However, course updates can be shared with the class by using the update feature in Schoology.

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Locate the Assignment within the Schoology course materials


2. Click the "Edit Grades" button on the top right of the screen


3. Add a comment to the relevant student


Audience for Comments / Communication

The primary audience for comments and grades is students. Parents, guardians and the wider community may view these comments and grades to determine levels of student achievement, growth, and next steps. Therefore, comments should be individualized and directed to the student (including their name).

Examples of Narrative Feedback: “[Student Name], in each and every section from the text you were able to take detailed notes on the historical context and the key figures or events. You were able to craft a clear and concise thesis and really narrow down on the sources that help you support the point you are making. Even in your counterpoint, you were able to address the opposing side and then convince the reader that your position is still correct.  Your language is clear, precise and persuasive. Your next steps are to …….”
  “[Student Name], you were actively listening throughout the discussion and were able to build-off and make links to the comments of others. I was particularly impressed with how you were able to reference the text in all your responses. Your next steps are to …….”
Example ATL Narrative Comment: “[Student Name], you make an effort to include your peers in discussions and class activities. Your next steps are to …….”

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