How do I set up a Curriculum Tracking Assessment?

Using the curriculum & summative framework together allows Arbor to suggest a grade for each student based on their coverage of the curriculum. The suggested grade is calculated from their overall mastery which is based on how the curriculum has been benchmarked.

We require you to set up a summative assessment before you create your curriculum assessment. You can then link multiple curriculum assessments to one summative assessment! Read on to discover the new and improved process of setting up curriculum assessments.

 

Setting up a linked Arbor-defined curriculum assessment

Before setting up the curriculum assessment, please ensure you have:
  • Set up the grade point scale for the summative assessment you will use
  • Added the summative assessment to your assessment framework and assessment policy
  • Decided on your curriculum (for a custom curriculum, see the section below)
 

Step 1 - Add the curriculum assessment to your Assessment catalogue

Go to Students > Assessments >Assessment Catalogue and click the Create new assessment button. Click the Create new curriculum assessment button.
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Here you can choose whether to select a curriculum from the list of available curricula or to upload a custom curriculum. For instructions on adding a custom curriculum, see the section below.
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Click on an available curriculum, then click Use curriculum to select it.
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You will be taken to step 1 of the Curriculum setup process. In this step, you can choose what to name your assessment, the subject it links to and what key stage it is applicable to. Click Next once this step is complete.
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During step two, you can review the curriculum statements.
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You can edit a statement by clicking on it and updating the slide over.
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Once you are happy with all your statements, click Next and you will be taken to step 3, where you can choose a marking scale. To change the default marking scale, click on the one you want to use, and click Use marking scale.
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If you want to add your own marking scale, you can do so by clicking +Add and adding the grades to the slide over, then click Save changes.
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Once happy with your selection, click Next.
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Step 4 allows you to link your curriculum assessment to a summative assessment you have already set up. Just choose the summative assessment from the drop-down list.
 
If you do not want to link this curriculum assessment to a summative, simply click Skip.
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In step 5 you can review your setup. Once happy, click to Complete setup.
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Step 2 - Add the curriculum assessment to your Assessment policy

Once you have defined your Assessment Framework, you will be able to create your Assessment Policy for the academic year. Assessment Policy includes all aspects of assessments that are specific to an academic year, such as which assessments students are taking and Data Collection dates. In this section, you can also manage your assessment periods, assessable courses, curriculum expectations, and schoolwide targets for the year.
Now you have created your assessment, you need to add it to your Assessment Policy to be able to add marks for the current academic year. Click the option to add our curriculum to the assessment policy.
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You can then select which students will be assessed by this curriculum assessment this academic year. Click Add assessment(s) to add the assessment to your policy for the academic year.
 
This is mainly beneficial to secondary schools as it creates a link on the course timetable giving direct access to the assessment mark book for that course only. You can select the course you would link to link the curriculum to or leave blank in order to not link to any courses.
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You will then be able to access your assessment through the Manage Assessments page, and your markbooks through the Formative Tracking page.
 
 
 

Setting up a linked custom curriculum assessment

Before setting up the curriculum assessment, please ensure you have:
  • Set up the grade point scale for the summative assessment you will use
  • Added the summative assessment to your assessment framework and assessment policy
  • Decided on your curriculum (for a custom curriculum, see the section below)
 
Once this is complete, go to Students > Assessments > Assessment Catalogue and click the Create new assessment button. Click the Create new curriculum assessment button.
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Here you can click the Upload custom curriculum to upload a custom curriculum.
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Click on ‘Download curriculum template’ which will download an excel template. This template will walk you through the process of how to enter the required information for upload.

There are some things we need to upload your curriculum successfully:

  • Curriculum Statements - These are the individual skills that make up your curriculum eg 'Know the difference between animal and plant cells'
  • Submodules - These are groups of curriculum statements that fall under the same area, eg  'Cells'. These are not mandatory, so if your curriculum doesn't have submodules you can leave this column blank.
  • Modules -These are groups of submodules or statements that fall under the same area e.g. 'Biology'. A curriculum must have a least one module.
  • Please do not move or rename any rows or columns! If you do, we will either not be able to upload your curriculum or it may be uploaded with errors.

Write the first module name in the first row of the module column. If you're using submodules write the first submodule in this module next to this in the submodule column.

Then write the first curriculum statement in this submodule in the curriculum statement column.  For modules and submodules, there is a character limit of 255 characters – this is to ensure that they display properly in the system and makes module selection a good experience. For statements, descriptions and examples there is no character limit.

You then can input all the statements in this submodules in new rows until you get to a new submodule. Write the name of the new submodule in the submodule column next to the first statement in this submodule. Carry on like this until you get to a new module, write the name of the new module in the module column next to the first statement in this column.

Example:

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Once you have completed your spreadsheet, return to the Arbor Upload Curriculum page and click Upload completed template to select the excel file from your computer.

To complete the setup process, follow the rest of the instructions for a normal curriculum assessment as detailed in the section above.

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Adding an existing Curriculum Assessment to your Assessment Policy

Go to Students > Assessments > Assessment Policy > Manage Assessments and click on the Add assessment to Academic Year ___ policy button.

You can then select an Assessment type, and select which assessments to add to your policy. Then click Next.
 
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On the next page, select the groups of students you would like to include in the assessment, how often the assessment will be taken, and add any courses to be linked. Then click Add assessment(s).
 
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