You might find when you look at your marksheet that there's colour coding in the cells once you enter a mark. This colour coding comes from the Target Judgement Rules.
If you enter a grade and the colour coding appears incorrectly, please check the following:
Check what the status and target is for an example student
You can do this from the marksheet. Hover over the grade that you're unsure about (in this example I'm hovering over the 4 as I'm not sure why it's dark red).
In the pop-up, you can see what the mark is (4) and what the target for the period is (6). You can also see the Status of this grade. This tells you which of the judgements applies to that grade. For this grade, the status is Significantly Below. To know why this is the case, we have to check a few more things.
Check your target judgement rules
Head to Students > Assessments > Assessment Framework > Targets. Look at the left-hand menu and click on Target Judgement Rules > Target Judgements.
In the target judgements page you can click into each judgement to see what colour it uses. In my example significantly below is light tomato red, hence the 4 in the marksheet being red.
Check your target judgement rule setup
You can check your set-up by heading to Students > Assessments > Assessment Framework > Targets. Once there click on Target Judgement Rules > Assessment Rules on the left-hand menu.
You'll be able to see there if you have any rules set up or if Arbor is using its default rules for this.You can click into the assessment on this page to see what the rule actually is (or to add a rule).
- If the default rules are being used, Arbor automatically calculates whether the student is working Significantly Below, Slightly Below, At or Above their current target.
- If your school have defined their own rules, you may need to click into them to adjust them. If you need to change the rules you have set up you can follow these instructions: Editing the default target judgement rules or adding more
Check your grade set
Once you've checked your target judgement rules you'll be able to work out which grades equal which target judgement. For this, you'll need to check your grade set.
If you don't know which grade set the assessment is using, head to Students > Assessments > Annual Policy > Manage Assessments. Click into the assessment you want to check the grade set for. There check the Summative Marking in the Assessment Details section. You'll see the grade set and the grade scale it's in.
If you know the grade set you're using, head to Students > Assessments > Assessment Framework > Grade Sets.
Find the grade scale you want in the grey drop-down box next to Grade Point Scale.
Now click on the Marking Grade Set that you need to check. A slide-over will appear on the right showing you what grades exist in that grade set.
In our example, we have a grade set with grades from U to 9 (the grade that appears first in this slide-over is the lowest grade and the last one is the highest grade possible).
Knowing all of the grades in the grade set allows us to work out what the judgement should be.
For the default rules, we also need to know the year target (you can see that in the marksheet for the student). In our example we know:
- That the lowest grade available is a U.
- That the target grade for this student is 9.
Once we know these two figures, we need to look for the grade in the middle of these two. For this grade set, the midpoint is between 4 and 5. This means that all of the grades between U and 4 are Significantly Below this student's target and all of the grades between 5 and 8 are Slightly Below this student's target. If the student has a grade of 9 they will have the judgement 'At'. Work out the above for your grade set to see if the judgement Arbor has assigned is correct.
If you use a custom target judgement rule you'll need to look at what grades = above, at, below or significantly below for your grade set before you can work out if this is correct.
Can we change how the rules calculate?
If you check the above and find that the way Arbor is calculating the target judgement doesn't match your internal processes you'll need to change the rules to more closely match your judgements. More on changing the rules here.