What grade scale should I set up for my assessment?

To find out what grades you'll need to set up for your assessment, work through the questions below! You can then use the instructions in this article to set up any grade sets you need!

Our examples show how many grades you'll need to set up, but you can call any grade any name you wish! Some schools prefer the Below, Meeting, Exceeding whereas some prefer WTS, EXS, GLD. It's completely up to you!

Rising scale

In this framework, pupils are marked against grades which relate to a specific year group. The underlying points track the progress of pupils through the grades.

Secondaries can usually use the pre-set grade scales that come with our secondary summative assessments - See option 1

In a primary school, pupils are marked against grades which relate to a specific year group. Students move through the grades, demonstrating progression throughout the year and year on year which you can measure using the underlying points.

There is a variety of terminology currently used in schools, shown below for year 3 assessments: 

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Will you only use grades of below, at, above to mark with for each year group?

  • Yes, we will need 3 grades per year. See option 2.
  • No, we want to differentiate students working below the curriculum for their key stage. See option 3.
  • No, we want to differentiate students working below the expected standard with students working significantly below. See option 4.
  • No, we want to differentiate students working below the curriculum for their key stage and also differentiate students working below the expected standard with students working significantly below. See option 5.

Option 1 - Basic grade set

You'll usually be able to use the default grade sets that come with our out-of-the-box summative assessments, such as GCSE or BTEC grade scales, for example:

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Option 2 - Below, At, Above

In this example, my students will be assessed in this assessment from year 3 until the end of Year 6. If I wanted to include early learning goals or other years, I would need to add more grades when setting up accordingly.

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Option 3 - Pre-key, Below, At, Above

In this example, my students will be assessed in this assessment from their early years until the end of Year 6.

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Option 4 - Significantly Below, Slightly Below, At, Above

In this example, my students will be assessed in this assessment from year 3 until the end of Year 6. If I wanted to include early learning goals or other years, I would need to add more grades when setting up accordingly. 

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Option 5 - Pre-key, Significantly Below, Slightly Below, At, Above

In this example, my students will be assessed in this assessment from year 1 until the end of Year 2. If I wanted to include other years, I would need to add more grades when setting up accordingly.

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Flat scale

In this framework, pupils are marked against worded grades which do not relate to any specific year group.

There is a variety of terminology currently used in schools, with some schools choosing to split pupils working below the expected standard from those working below their Key Stage:

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Will you only use grades of Below, Towards, At to mark with?

  • Yes, we will need 3 grades. See option 1.
  • No, we want to differentiate students working above the expected standard. See option 2.
  • No, we want to differentiate students working below the current year group and below the current key stage. See option 3.
  • No, we want to differentiate students working above the expected standard and also differentiate students working below the current year group and below the current key stage. See option 4.

Option 1 - Below, Towards, At

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Option 2 - Below, Towards, At, Above

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Option 4 - Pre-key, Below, Towards, At

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Option 5 - Pre-key, Below, Towards, At, Above

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