What is a Markbook?
A markbook is a tool that is used to enter and record marks, comments and evidence for summative or ad-hoc assessments. The user can also add certain student demographic information such as a students age as well as various targets, to use as a reference on the sheet. You can find out more about how to use markbooks to enter and record marks here.
All the markbook sections shown can be found by using the bar below the markbook to scroll.
You can also drag the columns into their own order, but this cannot be saved on all markbooks.
Each section is explained in more detail below.
You can choose a moment in time to view the markbook from, the group of students and the assessment by clicking the filters at the top of the page. Click the tick boxes to display additional information such as the student's final target, and a column for adding notes.
The example markbook shows a summative assessment with strands, assessed on a half-termly basis, including the KS1: Reading standardised assessment results. The view is for entering marks for the 4th assessment period (Spring 2) and includes the student's age, year target, final target and aspirational target.
What can I do in each section?
1. Bulk Actions
Bulk actions allow for faster mark entry and a number of other actions such as creating an intervention group or contacting the guardians of a student.
The bulk actions available to use from the mark sheet are:
- Add to existing intervention group
- Add to custom group
- Send Email to Students
- Send SMS t Students
- Send Letter to students
- Send Email to Primary Guardians
- Send SMS to Primary Guardians
- Send Letter to Primary Guardians
- Set/Unset Approved
- Set Marking Staff
2. Student name and demographic information
This section shows which students they are entering or viewing marks for. You can also include additional columns for reference information, such as the student's age in years.
3. Historical Data
Historical data is only visible on markbooks where you are able to and have chosen to include baseline assessments such as a KS1: Reading standardised assessment. In some cases, a student that is part of your current assessment might not have a mark recorded for the standardised assessment that you have included. In this case, the mark will be greyed out as shown above.
4. Academic year information
The academic year section can appear on the left or right side of the markbook depending on the type of information being displayed. For instance, baselines will always be displayed on the left-hand side as a point of reference and targets are always on the right-hand side.
5. Completed assessment periods
For summative assessments without strands, the Completed Assessment Periods section will display the mark entered for the relevant assessment period.
For summative assessments with strands, the Assessment Period average mark will be displayed in this column for the relevant assessment period.
Dark green means the student is exceeding their target, light green means they are working at their target and orange means they are working below target.
6. Current assessment periods
The current assessment period depends on the date that the user has chosen in the filters. For instance, if you set the date in the filters to April 17th, the current assessment period will be ‘Spring 2’, as shown above.
If your assessment has strands, they will the grade for each strand will be displayed, as well as the weighted average.
The default date of the markbook is today’s date.
For more information, you can watch a video about Accessing the Markbook as STL here.
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