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5b. Create an Observation Based Assignment in GradeCam


Create an observation based assignment to write in the students' scores on the forms for instant handwritten recognition while scoring.

Note: Handwriting Recognition is an add-on feature available for an additional fee with a school or district license. Please contact to add the feature.

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1. What is an observation based form?

Often times an educator needs to capture data about an assignment or diagnostic test without students actually filling in the scan form. The example used below is a primary grade teacher administering a three-part reading inventory to capture the student's book level, comprehension score and word recognition score.

2. Select the "Assignments" tab.

Assignment Tab

3. Select the "New" button and choose "Observational Assignment" from the drop-down menu.

New Assignment

4. Type a "Name" for the assignment, enter the number of items in the "Items" section and choose a "Date."

Assignment Information

5. Select a "District Performance Band" (1) if desired and then click on the "Save" button (2).

Assignment Information

6. Select the box before the item (1) and select the "Edit" button (2) to open the item editor.

Select Item

7. Edit the label of the item (up to 50 characters).

Item Label

8. Set the Max number of points for the item (up to 999).

Max Points

10. Select the "Next" link to edit the remaining items.


11. When complete select Save (1) and close the item editor by selecting the black X (2).


12. Select the "Forms" button.

13. Select the "Class" for which you want to print forms.


15. Download the form as a PDF file or PNG image to print.

Download the form as a PDF file to print.

Note: For best results print on white paper.

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