Winter 2018 / Spring 2019 Assessments Updates - Integrations, Navigation Menus and much more!

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You may have noticed some improvements to the Assessments module in Arbor over the last few weeks. Here are the biggest improvements we’ve made so far:

Weighted Strands

You can now set weighted strands for your assessments, so you can choose to what extent each part of an assessment contributes to the overall average.

You’ll be able to get much more accurate representations of your assessment averages, and easily identify your students’ weaker areas to improve your teaching methods.

Check out our articles on creating strands, choosing the assessment periods strands apply to, how strands look in markbooks and how to edit strands for more information.

Summative Assessment Analysis

Based on feedback, we’ve made improvements to the Summative Assessment Analysis tools

You can now analyse your Summative Assessment data easily and effectively.

  • Check out Attainment over Time to see how many students are working at the class target level during each assessment period. Take action with students working below this level by sending communications or adding them to interventions.
  • Use Below, At or Above to see which students are working Below, At/Above and Above their targets. Group students by a range of parameters such as year or FSM.
  • See the Grade Distributions of results for each assessment period and strand.

You can still use your old analysis tools found under Summative Tracking > Analysis (legacy) until January when they will be removed. Don’t worry - we’ll let you know before this happens so you can get to grips with our new pages. And we have some new features in the pipeline - check out the sections below.


Coming this half term

We’ll be adding some great new features before Christmas.

Data Collection Policies

We know how difficult it is to coordinate data drops across a school or MAT. To help you to analyse your Assessment marks on time, we’ll be introducing Data Collection Policies.

You’ll be able to use our Data Collection Policies to define the collection deadline, who is responsible for inputting marks and when approvals will take place. You will then be able to send reminders to staff to input their marks.

Send Report Cards to parents

You’ll soon be able to send report cards directly to parents by sending them an email or making the report available on the Parent Portal.

You'll be able to easily set up email templates to regularly share student progress with parents and highlight areas of improvement, before even having to meet face to face on parents evening.


Coming in Spring 2019

We’ll be improving how you can set up and analyse Assessments even more in 2019. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know more details closer to the date so you can prepare! You can also stay up to date by reading our Updates every two weeks.

Integration with Hodder Education

We’re working on a seamless integration with Hodder Education to allow you to send student demographic data to Hodder and retrieve test results for PUMA and PIRA.

It will be much easier to analyse PUMA and PIRA information at the student, whole school and MAT levels.

Continued updates to our Summative Analysis tools

Based on feedback, we will be continuing to make improvements to the new Summative Assessment tools. With the simplified navigation, you’ll be able to easily select the best tool for data analysis.

We’ll also be introducing a new Transition Matrix tool, which will allow you to compare students to their starting points in other assessments, for example, comparing students’ KS2 maths grade with their current working at grade.

You can already use some of our new features in the Analysis section. See Attainment over Time, which students are working Below, At or Above their targets and Grade Distributions for each assessment.

We will be removing all old analysis tools found under Summative Tracking > Analysis (legacy) in January to simplify the menu structure. Don’t worry - you’ll still be able to see all your data in our current Analysis pages.

New menu structure

We’ve been working with schools to understand how we can re-organise the Assessment module’s menu navigation to make it easier to navigate and use effectively.

Our current tools split Assessments into types.

We want to make it as easy as possible to chart your students’ progress across multiple types of assessment by removing the need to click around into lots of different menus.

You’ll be able to set up, input marks and manage most assessment types in one place:

  • Dashboard (Setup and manage your school's Standardised, Summative, Ad-hoc and Progress 8 assessments)
  • Mark Entry (Enter marks and set baselines and targets for Standardised, Summative, Ad-hoc and Progress 8 assessments)
  • Analysis (Analyse your Assessments data and marks by using our tables and charts)
  • Exports (Export your assessment data)
  • Assessment Policy (Define school-wide policies for assessments)

Curriculum Tracking and Report cards will have their own dedicated sections in the MIS.


These are the biggest features being actively worked on, but there’s much more in the pipeline. If you have something you’d like to add, let us know.

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