What are weighted strands?

What are strands?

You can now set weighted strands for your summative assessment. This means certain aspects or ‘strands’ of your assessment will carry greater weight in the final outcome. Marks in each strand will contribute towards the overall assessment grade depending on the weighting of the strand. This allows for more nuanced analysis.

When you create strands, the summative assessment becomes a parent assessment, with each strand marked independently but feeding into the overall parent assessment’s grade. You are able to create as many strands as you need for your assessment.

Here’s an example of how strands can be used to assess a student using strands:

‘Parent’ Assessment: Yr 7 Science 100% weighting
Strand 1 : Reactions 11.11%
Strand 2 : Acids & alkalis 11.11%
Strand 3 : Adaption & inheritance 11.11%
Strand 4 : Ecosystems 11.11%
Strand 5 : Healthy lifestyles 11.11%
Strand 6 : Electricity & Magnetism 11.11%
Strand 7 : Motion & pressure 11.11%
Strand 8 : Practical 11.11%
Strand 9 : Exams 11.11%


Strand rules

  • You must name each of your strands, but creating a short name for your strands is optional.
  • The combined total weighting of your strands must total 100%.
  • The minimum weight of a stand is 5%.
  • You cannot manually enter an equal weight for an odd number of strands that results in a split that relies on recurring decimal places, e.g 33.33% for each strand. You must use the equal weight feature for these scenarios.


Creating Strands

For general guidance on creating a summative assessment, please read this article which explains how to setup summative assessments in more detail. 


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