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Assess a student's assignment

Once rubrics have been entered into Chalk & Wire and Assignments have been created in Blackboard to link to those rubrics, students can submit their assignments for review.  These are the steps necessary for assessing a student's work and ensuring that the result is properly captured for accreditation purposes.

There are two ways to access student submissions.  You may access them through Blackboard, or log in directly to Chalk & Wire.  We recommend directly logging in to Chalk & Wire, but will present both options below.



  1. step 1Log in to Blackboard with your regular Username and Password (

  2. step 1From the list of courses displayed on the right of your screen, click on the course that contains this assignment. Be certain to double-check the semester and year if you have taught this class before.

  3. step 1From the menu items on the left of the screen, click on the Assignments option. 

  4. step 1Click on the title of the assignment that has submissions to be reviewed.  This will open Chalk & Wire inside of the Blackboard environment.  You may now skip to the ASSESSING A STUDENT ASSIGNMENT section below.




  1. step 1Point your web browser to the USC Chalk & Wire login page (

  2. step 1In the User ID field, type the alphanumeric characters that are before the @ symbol in your USC email address.  In the Password field, enter the password used for your USC email account.  Now click the green ENTER button.






  1. step 1If the Dashboard is not the screen that loads once you log in, click the Main Menu icon and select the first entry, Dashboard, from the sliding navigation bar on the left.

  2. step 1Once the Dashboard loads on your screen you will see a button called Pending Assessments.  The number inside the blue dot indicates the number of assessments waiting for you to complete.  Click the Pending Assessments button to see the assignments.

  3. You will next see a list of awaiting assignments.  Each assignment can be identified by the student's name, the rubric to be used, and the name of the submitted file.  This is to help identify different assignments that might be submitted at the same time from different classes.
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  4. step 1To begin the assessment process, you will want to move your cursor over the line of the assignment you want to assess and click once.  You will want to click to the right of the student's name as clicking the actual name brings up the student's profile information.  Once you click in the appropriate place on the line, a contextual menu pops up.  Assess is one of the options and is the option you need to click.

  5. The main viewing area is now divided into two parts:  the rubric pane and the assignment pane.  IF your screen/browser window is wide enough, you will see these two panes side by side as in the image below (with the rubric pane on the left).  IF your screen/browser window is not very wide, the rubric pane will be placed below the assignment pane.  Clicking the Forced Stack button (highlighted in red below) will force the rubric pane to show up below the assignment pane.  This is likely to be more efficient for the vast majority of users.

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  6. The image below shows the rubric pane stacked below the assignment pane.  Four buttons are highlighted that help you to view the rubric in different ways.  

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    Click the A button if you wish to hide any rubric information and leave just the labeled button row visible.

    Clicking the button labeled B shows only one row or category of the rubric at a time.  This is what is shown in the image above.  The black squares are contextual.  This means, to find out what the requirements are for a particular rating you must place your mouse cursor over the square and leave it still for a moment.  

    Clicking the C button will show all levels and/or categories of the rubric at one time.  Again, the squares are contextual and to find out the rating and requirements for a particular level requires placing your cursor over the square and leaving it still for a moment.

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    Clicking the D button will show all levels of the rubric with the text for that rubric moved from a contextual position to a visible position within each square.

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  7. Once the elements of the rubric are set as you would like them, you can click the View button in the Assignment Pane to open the file for review.  The view button will be on the same line as the blue name of the file the student uploaded.  

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  8. To select the appropriate level of a rubric’s standard for the student’s submission, simply click in the square.  If it turns green, you have successfully selected that level of proficiency for that standard.

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  9. Two quick notes on leaving comments.  In the image above, you will see a comments section for each row of the rubric.  This space is provided so that you may give feedback to the student on his or her progress for that category of proficiency.  It is recommended that comments in this section explain to the student how her or she may progress in that category.  There are many options for commenting directly on the student's document.  Please see the Mark Up a Student Assignment tutorial for more information.

  10. When all of the proficiency levels have been selected, click the green Save button.  You will receive a message on the screen notifying you the assessment has been saved.  You may also save the assessment as a draft and come back to it at a later time.  Click the As Draft checkbox and then the Save button to create a draft version.

  11. Once an assignment has been saved, options for placing a score automatically in Blackboard becomes visible at the top of the screen.  This area, as seen in the image below, provides an average score of the different rubric categories, a space for you to enter the percentage grade for the assignment based on the rubric, and a drop-down box for you to select which assignment in the Blackboard grade book the score should be placed.  PLEASE NOTE:  you may not enter a point score in the percentage grade box and have it transfer to Blackboard accurately.  It must be a percentage grade.

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  12. You may now move to another assignment by clicking the Next Assessment button (an arrow pointing to the right), just to the right of the green Save button.  If you do not have another assignment to assess, the arrow will be gray and not clickable.  If you do not wish to continue assessing assignments at this time, you may use the Main Menu icon to go back to the Dashboard or log out of Chalk & Wire by clicking your name in the top right screen and selecting Log Out.


If there are any problems, or if the process has not worked as described in these steps, please contact our support team at ( for assistance.

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