Why do my students’ levels turn green in CS Discoveries and CS Principles even if they don’t have the right answer?

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A solid green bubble on a programming level in CS Discoveries or CS Principles simply means that the student has indicated they are done with the given level. In these courses, we strive to give students an opportunity to express their creativity and think outside the box, so we are less prescriptive for how students complete a level. For example, we may ask the student to draw a square on the screen, but might not care if it’s a specific size or color. This means that different students can have completely different and valid solutions for the same programming level, and makes it very difficult for us to automatically validate students’ work.

We recommend looking at student work on levels marked as recommended assessment opportunities to determine if a student is grasping key concepts. This approach will hopefully alleviate the need to go through and check each student’s work on every level. If you see a specific student is missing key concepts on an assessment opportunity, then you can go back and look at other skill building levels to see where they might be struggling.

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