The School Assessment Measures 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
- Select which are your key measures to show on your Dashboard
- See and download other measures from the All Measures tab
- Drill down to see statistics by year, demographic and ethnicity
- Take actions with the students in each group, such as adding to an intervention
- Easily copy your measures from one year to the next
To set up these measures you will require the School: Assessments: Administer permission.
You can set up these measures by going to Students > Assessments > Annual Policy > School Assessment Measures.
Please note: This video refers to the Assessment Policy, which has since been renamed to the Annual Policy.
To copy a measure you had last year, click the green Copy measure 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.
Step 1 - Set up the measure
To add a new measure, click the green Create new measure button.
In the slide over, you can choose the measure name, whether the measure will consider the student's current grade or target for the year, which assessments will be considered and what constitutes an upwards trend.
Next, select which assessments the measure will be considering:
- 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, History and Science, and in one or both of the English assessments.
What is an upwards trend?
- If you will be trying to increase the percentage of students achieving the grades chosen, 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 achieving the grades chosen, set your upwards trend as negative. Then if the percentage of your students achieving the grades increases, the analysis pages will display your results in orange.
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, then select your measure rules. The options for 'they should be' are shown below.
Select the Achieving below option to easily identify your students who are struggling and take action, or use the Achieving at least or above options to see your students who are passing requirements or who are gifted and talented.
The grades available will be based on the grades you currently use for the assessments you have selected. Then click Add rule.
Your set of rules with then display.
You can create different sets of rules for different year groups 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.
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.
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 (and are currently not using our integration with RS Assessment for their PUMA, PiRA or GAPs tests), you will be presented with this message.
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 year 10 and 11 students are achieving at least a grade 5 in Science 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.
Which students are included in School Assessment Measures?
School assessment measures will include any students who are included in the cohort of students linked to the assessment and a year group specified in the School Assessment Measure rule. This means it will still include any students who have been given an absent mark, or who have not been given a target or grade.
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