What can Simple Assessments offer our school, and how do we get it switched on?

The original ScholarPack assessment module consists of Summative (Steps) and Formative (statements) assessments, with a range of reports found at Reporting > Assessment.  Students need to be organised into assessment classes by subject in Admin > Classes, with individual markbooks for data entry under the My Subjects tab

Simple Assessments is a new customisable feature to enable more versatility in recording different assessment types, and flexibility with reporting on the data. If you subscribe to our assessment package, there is no extra charge for having Simple Assessments enabled.

Once Simple Assessments is activated for your school, you can start setting up your assessments at Admin > Config > Simple Assessment Config:

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Here you can add new assessments from our range of available Assessment Templates, with associated mark schemes. You can also configure new reports for existing Steps assessments, by selecting the Steps & Stages assessment template. If you wish for us to import an additional assessment template, please contact the Support team with full details and we can arrange this for you. 

 

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Customisation is the key to Simple Assessments. Once you have selected an assessment template, you can choose your own name for it.  You can also rename the marks, attainment and progress bands to suit your needs, and select the colour scheme. 

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If you wish to use the Steps system in Simple Assessments, you can decide how many checkpoints you wish to use each year and the steps progress expected between checkpoints. You can choose which subjects you wish to include, and can tailor the number of checkpoints used to particular subjects.

Once you have set up your assessments, you will find a single markbook under My Subjects (which means in future there is no need to set up different assessment classes, and anyone with Teacher user role can access the single markbook here): 

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This is where data is entered for each assessment type created, with the subjects and checkpoints configured as part of that assessment setup. Each Checkpoint entry point allows you to copy over the figure from the previous Checkpoint, or you can individually select marks for students and then bulk fill gaps with a particular mark for ease of data entry.

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To report on Simple Assessments you go to Reporting > New Reports:

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Here you will find a range of Reports: Attainment Report, Progress Report, and Pivot Report, as well as a new Attendance Report.mceclip1.png

As an example of output, if you chose Attainment Report, you'd select the Assessment type, Subject, Year Group(s) and Checkpoint. You can also opt to show the student names and percentages:

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All the filters are on the right side, and you can download any report to either Excel or PDF by clicking on the Export button at the top of the report.

 

The Progress Report enables you to select two checkpoints to show student progression. The Pivot Report enables you to select Year Groups, then a value for a Row and a Column to compare features (End of Year Targets for Maths against Pupil Premium in this example below):

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To return to the main Reporting area between running reports, you click on Report Library at the top left of the screen:

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If you are interested in having the Simple Assessment module enabled for you, please contact support@scholarpack.com, or call 01522 716049.  We will raise an escalation to the Account Management Team for someone to provide you more details, and to activate this area for you. 

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