Using curriculum assessments to suggest summative assessment grades

If you use both curriculum and summative assessments to track student progress, you can save time by having the curriculum marks suggest a summative assessment grade.

Before using suggested marks

To be able to use this feature, you need to have:

  1. Set up the summative assessment
  2. Set up either an Arbor-defined or custom curriculum assessment and linked it to the summative assessment(s) during setup

Please note that Formative Assessment is included in the Perform package. All other Arbor packages won’t have this feature by default. Want to upgrade or find out what package you’re on? Just get in contact with your Account Manager.


How to use suggested marks

To have the curriculum assessment suggest a summative mark for a student:

  1. Go to Students > Summative Tracking > Marksheet.
  2. Click into the filters to select the right assessment
  3. Select today's date to pull through the most recent curriculum tracking data.
  4. Tick to show the Suggested mark column.



In the marksheet, you can see the students who need to be given a summative mark for the assessment period, and the suggested mark that Arbor has calculated might be their summative grade.



If you're happy to mark students with the suggested mark, tick the boxes next to the students and use the Bulk action button to select Bulk Set Suggested Marks. In the slide over, confirm the marks.

The student's marks will then be set as the suggested mark.

You can also change the mark by clicking or using the bulk actions, but you cannot change the suggested mark in the suggested mark column as this is calculated automatically.



How the mark is calculated

How the suggested mark is calculated

You can click the suggested mark in the marksheet to see more about how it was calculated.

You can see the curriculum range, the curriculum mastery the student has achieved and the suggested mark based on these parameters. The suggested grade will be based only on the curriculum statements that have been marked. You can see how curriculum mastery is calculated here.

If you need to find the curriculum mastery for a different point in time than today, change the date selected in the filters of the page.



The way Arbor calculates the suggested mark is as follows:

Lowest grade + ((Highest Grade-Lowest Grade) x Curriculum Mastery %

For this example, the student has curriculum mastery of 62.5%. The grades available for the assessment for this year group are 4WB, 4ME and 4EE, corresponding to grade values 10, 11 and 12 in the grade set.

So, plugging these into the calculation, we get:

10 + (10-12)x62.5% = 10 + (2x0.625) = 10 + 1.25 = 11.25

As 11.25 is closest to the mark with the grade value 11 (4ME), the suggested mark will be 4ME.


How the marks map to grade values

You can see the grades available for the assessment by going to Students > Assessment > Annual Policy and selecting the assessment.




You can also see which mark is assigned to each grade value in Students > Assessment > Assessment Framework > Grade Sets. Select the grade set using the drop-down and select the scale to see the marks.




Can we change how the suggested mark is calculated?

It isn't possible to change how the summative suggested mark is calculated based on the curriculum assessment.

Curriculum assessments are comprised of statements that are marked, building up an overall curriculum mastery %. The suggested mark feature will select the closest summative mark available. Teachers and other staff can then change the mark if needed.

Why is the suggested mark different than expected?

Changing the date in the filter at the top of the summative marksheet will give you a different suggested mark as it's based on what has been achieved in the curriculum marksheet at that specific point in time.

If your suggested mark is different to what you expect, be sure to set the filters on both the curriculum and summative marksheets so they are the same. We recommend setting both marksheets to today's date to get the most up-to-date calculations. 

Why is the suggested mark higher than expected?

Curriculum mastery is calculated based on only the curriculum statements that have been marked. So if you've only marked 20% of the available statements for the year, Arbor will calculate a suggested mark that indicates how well the student did in that 20% of the curriculum, rather than the whole curriculum.

Can we use suggested marks for a summative assessment with strands?

If your summative assessment was set up with different strands, you can generate a suggested mark for the overall parent assessment. However, it is not possible to generate suggested marks for individual strands.

Can we link a curriculum assessment to multiple summative assessments?

It isn't possible to link a curriculum assessment to more than one summative assessment in Arbor. However, multiple curriculum assessments can be linked to one summative assessment.

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