The School Assessment Measures (SAM) can be used to create bespoke rules for one or multiple assessments combined within an academic year. For example, a common measure in primary schools is the percentage of students who are meeting a certain grade across Reading, Writing and Maths combined.
With this feature you can:
- Set up different rules for each of your year groups, or one rule for all students in the assessment
- Display the key measures on your Dashboard, plus you can see and download other measures from the All Measures tab
- Drill down to see statistics by year, demographic and ethnicity, and take further actions with students, such as adding them to an intervention
Permissions
To set up these measures you will require the School: Assessments: Administer permission. If you don't have this permission, ask your admin team to assign it to you.
Setting up your measures
As well as copying over your assessments each year, you'll also need to decide which school assessment measures you'd like to have. There's no need to set up new measures (unless you've changed your assessment setup) - you can quickly copy your measures over from last year!
Copy your measures from last year
Copying a measure from last year
Go to Students > Assessments > Annual Policy > School Assessment Measures. To copy a measure you had last year, click the green Copy measures from button.
If you don't have any measures set up this academic year that you can copy over, you'll see the button is unable to be selected.
If you haven't yet already copied your assessments over to the next academic year, you won't be able to create measures for them or copy your measures over from last year. To copy your assessments over, see this article. You'll see this information in the Errors section.
To select the assessments to copy over, tick the boxes next to the assessments then click the Copy to button.
The measures with then appear on the Students > Assessments > Annual Policy > School Assessment Measures page and on your Assessment Overview Dashboard.
Setting up a new measure
If you've set up new assessments or didn't create a measure last year, you can set up a new School Assessment Measure.
Step 1 - Set up the measure
Go to Students > Assessments > Annual Policy > School Assessment Measures. To add a new measure, click the green Create new measure button.
In the slide over, add the name of the measure and whether it should display as a Key measure on your Overview Dashboard. Select whether it should use the student's current grade or target for the year to calculate whether the student is included in the totals.
Next, select which assessments the measure should consider:
- Use the in all the assessments field to look at marks in all the assessments selected in this field. For example, put 2 assessments in this field to only look at students who have achieved the mark in both the assessments.
- Use the and in one of these assessments field to look at marks in at least one of the assessments selected in this field. For example, put 2 assessments in this field to look at students who have achieved the mark in either assessment.
- Put assessments in both boxes to use a combination of this logic. In the example below, the measure will look at students who have achieved the grade in Maths, and in one or both of the English assessments.
Finally, select whether an upwards trend is positive or negative.
- If you will be trying to increase the percentage of students achieving the grades chosen e.g. if your measure looks at the number of students passing English Literature and English Language, set your upwards trend as positive. Then if the percentage of your students achieving the grades increases, the analysis pages will display your results in green.
- If you will be trying to lower the percentage of students feeding into the measure e.g. if your measure looks at the number of students not passing Maths, set your upwards trend as negative. Then if the percentage of your students achieving the grades decreases, the analysis pages will display your results in green.
Then click Create measure.
Step 2 - Set up the rules
You will then need to add assessment rules for the individual assessments you have included. Click the Add new assessment rule button.
Select the year group the rules apply to, or leave the field blank to apply the rule to all year groups (useful if you use a flat grade scale).
Then select your measure rules. The grades available will be based on the grades you currently use for the assessments you have selected. Select an option for each assessment for 'they should be':
- Achieving below - identify your students who are struggling and take action.
- Achieving or Achieving at least - identify your students who are passing requirements or who are gifted and talented.
- Achieving above - identify your students who are gifted and talented.
Your set of rules with then display. You can create another rule for a different year group if needed, just add a new set of rules and select a different year group. The resulting statistics will be an aggregate of the two sets of rules.
Please note, you cannot set multiple rules for the same group of students.
You can edit the measure name, whether it is a key measure, what constitutes an upward trend, and the rules. Just click an arrow icon, update the information, then click Update measure.
If you need to change whether a grade or target is used, or the assessments used, you'll need to delete the measure and set it up again.
Analysing your measures
Statistics of the percentage of students meeting these measures can be seen in Students > Assessments > Summative Tracking > Analysis > Overview dashboard.
If you have not yet set up any measures yet, you'll see this message - follow the instructions in the sections above to set up your measures for this year.
Headlines and Key Measures
If you have set up assessment measures already, the page will display statistics about your measures.
In the Headlines tab, you can see the measures you marked as a Key Measure during setup.
The example below shows a positive upward trend of what percentage of students are achieving ARE in Reading, Writing and Maths.
I can see the percentage of students achieving this has decreased since the last assessment period, and so the measure is coloured orange.
By clicking into the All Measures tab you can see all your measures, including those not marked as a Key Measure. You can download this data if needed.
Drilling down into your assessment measures
Click into any measure to get more information broken down by year, demographic and ethnicity. Taking a closer look at the By Year Group section, you can see a breakdown of the achievement by year.
- A green bar shows that the percentage of students meeting the criteria is greater than the average for all students. An orange bar shows it is below the average.
- On the right-hand side, you can see by what percentage the value has changed since the last assessment period.
Click the In Year Trend button to see what percentage of students were meeting the criteria for the previous assessment periods in the year.
Click into a student group to drill down even further to see the individual students making up that group and their marks.
Examples of measures you can set up and their settings
The method of setting up your assessment measures will vary depending on whether your assessments are based on a Flat or Rising grade set. You can see more information about this here: Summative Tracking - Grading scales
We use a flat scale
As students are expected to be working at the expected standard throughout the year, you only need to set up one annual measure, unlike when using a rising scale.
Because all students are marked with the same grades irrespective of year, you can set up rules that apply to all year groups.
Students achieving certain grades (at or above the expected standard)
Students achieving a certain grade in one subject, e.g. at least at the expected standard in Maths.
Students achieving a certain grade in all of the selected subjects, e.g. at least at the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths.
Students achieving a certain grade in at least one of the selected subjects, e.g. at the expected standard in Reading, Writing or Maths.
Students not achieving certain grades (below the expected standard)
Students not achieving a certain grade in one subject, e.g. below the expected standard in Maths.
Students not achieving a certain grade in all of the selected subjects, e.g. below the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths.
Students not achieving a certain grade in at least one of the selected subjects, e.g. below the expected standard in Reading, Writing or Maths.
Students achieving certain grades in one subject and not another
You can set up additional types of measures that look at students who are achieving a certain grade in one subject but not another e.g. at the expected standard in Reading but below the expected standard in Writing.
However, please note that you will not be able to analyse improvement in results over time properly as you cannot set upwards trends individually.
- If you set your upwards trend as positive, in this example when more students are achieving below the expected standard in Writing this will count as an improvement
- If you set your upwards trend as negative, in this example when more students are achieving above the expected standard in Reading this will count as a worse performance
We use a rising scale
As most students will only reach the expected standard grade by the end of the academic year, the benchmark for Age-Related Expectations shifts each assessment period. We recommend setting up two or three assessment measures you can use at different points in the year:
- WTS for Autumn
- EXS+ for Spring and Summer
- GDS for Summer
Because all students are likely to be working towards different grades depending on their year group, you'll need to set up a rule for each year group within each measure.
Students achieving certain grades (at the expected standard)
Students achieving a certain grade in one subject, e.g. at least at the expected standard in Maths.
Students achieving a certain grade in all of the selected subjects, e.g. at least at the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths.
Students achieving a certain grade in at least one of the selected subjects, e.g. at the expected standard in Reading, Writing or Maths.
Students not achieving certain grades (below the expected standard)
Students not achieving a certain grade in one subject, e.g. below the expected standard in Maths.
Students not achieving a certain grade in all of the selected subjects, e.g. below the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Maths.
Students not achieving a certain grade in at least one of the selected subjects, e.g. below the expected standard in Reading, Writing or Maths.
Students achieving certain grades in one subject and not another
You can set up additional types of measures that look at students who are achieving a certain grade in one subject but not another e.g. at the expected standard in Reading but below the expected standard in Writing.
However, please note that you will not be able to analyse improvement in results over time properly as you cannot set upwards trends individually.
- If you set your upwards trend as positive, in this example when more students are achieving below the expected standard in Writing this will count as an improvement
- If you set your upwards trend as negative, in this example when more students are achieving above the expected standard in Reading this will count as a worse performance
FAQs
How can I delete a measure to remove it from the overview dashboard?
Go to Students > Assessment > Annual Policy > School Assessment Measures.
Select the measure then click Delete assessment measure.
Can I change the order of my measures on my Overview Dashboard?
School assessment measures are ordered based on the order they were set up in. If you want to change the order, you'll need to delete them, and set them up again in the right order.
My measures are not including certain students
For your School Assessment Measure rules to work correctly, we recommend checking in the marksheets that these fields have been filled in for each student:
- A baseline for the current academic year
- A mark entered for the current assessment period for all the assessments used in the measure
- A mark entered into the column the rule is based on e.g. if the rule is based on Year Target make sure the student has been given a Year Target
Which students are included in School Assessment Measures?
For a student to be included in a school assessment measure they must be these three things:
- Linked to the assessment(s) chosen in the School Assessment Measure
- In a year group a School Assessment Measure rule has been set up for
- Enrolled in the school on the date selected in the filters
Want to see the figures including your leavers? Just click into the filters at the top of the page and untick the Only current students box. Please note that this does not apply to integrations shown on this page such as Hodder.
Which marks are included in School Assessment Measures?
The marks included in the measure are the marks input into the assessment period running on the date selected in the filters, for example in February it will show assessment marks from Spring.
- Blank marks are included in the calculations. For example, you have 100 students and 1 of them has no mark. The rest of the students are meeting the measure. In this case, your measure will read 99/100=99%
- Not required marks are not included in the calculations. For example, you have 100 students and 1 of them has been marked with a non-submission reason. The rest of the students are meeting the measure. In this case, your measure will read 99/99=100%
If the measure takes into account more than one assessment, the assessment periods of the first assessment in the measure will be used - in this example, Reading. If the date selected is not within an assessment period, the measure will display as N/A.
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