What are weighted strands and how do I create 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.

During the summative assessment setup process, after you have defined your marking grade set, you will see the screen below, where you can choose whether you want to create weighted strands for your summative assessment. Follow the simple steps below.

Select ‘Yes’ using the drop-down selector and then press `Next` to begin creating strands for your summative assessment.



You will be directed to the `Summative Strands and Weighting' screen.



To create your strands, click the green '+Add' icon in the top right corner of the screen. A slide cover will appear.

To add your first strand, click the '+ Add' button below the table in the slide over. Click the `+ Add' button again for each new strand that you need to create. (highlighted in orange below.)

We suggest that you create all of your strands before setting their weight(s). For assessments where all strands have equal weighting, simply tick the ‘use equal weighting’ before clicking next. For all other assessments, define the weight in the ‘weight’ column of the table and then click Create.