Classroom Monitor has always used coverage of the curriculum to work out “bands” or “levels” (in old money) of achievement for pupils, based on the teachers’ formative assessment input, to enable schools to do cohort comparisons. With the APP there were various thresholds pre-set as part of this but, with the new curriculum and life after levels, schools are able to customise their thresholds to what suits them, in line with their school curriculum and assessment needs. Schools can also choose not to use bands at all, of course, and use percentages of coverage instead. However, many schools find the bands useful to work out where a child is in relation to their peers and age related expectations at various points of the year.
So, due to popular demand, we have developed a new part of the system which allows you to see not only what band a child is on, but also their percentage of coverage within that ability stage – a ‘best of both worlds’ situation, essentially! This uses the weightings and thresholds set up for your school. Whilst there are default settings for this in each curriculum, schools can all make changes as they need to so we have included no defaults in this blog. Please call or email if you want further information about how the system arrives at the bands and percentage results.
How does it work?
In the markbooks a teacher will see the percentage calculated when the scoring screen pops up after making changes in the markbook, or by clicking on Adjust Scores in the top left hand corner of the markbook.
The percentage will show in an extra column to the right of the Automatic Scoring column, as shown in the picture below:
As you can see, the band is visible with the percentage of coverage alongside. We can see in this example that James and Cerys both have a 4Dev…but James has covered 61% of Maths Number, whilst Cerys has covered 50%.
When this screen does appear (after changes are made), ensure you choose the orange “Save the selected scores and return” button so that the score and percentage feeds through to the pupil tracking area. If you use the Classroom Monitor app, ensure you go to the markbooks via the web version regularly and click adjust scores to save your scores. All hexagon colours will have been fed through from the app so all you have to do is save the calculated automatic score and you will see the percentage as above.
You can also see these percentages in the pupil tracking area as shown in the picture below:
The progress column is still using the band/”points” in the system to calculate progress but you can see in the percentage column where there is progress in terms of % coverage, even if the overall band has not changed, giving you greater, more detailed, insight into pupil progress.
Please note that if you manually override a score for a child, either in the pupil tracking area, or via the markbook scoring screen, the percentage will not appear – you will see the word “Manual” written in the percentage column for that child. The automatic score will still calculate each time you change the markbooks so simply click back to Automatic Scoring to show the percentage alongside.
It is also worth noting that the % is shown for the main ability band a child is working in. For example, if a child has a score of 4Sec but you add some assessment into Stage 5 (but not enough to move them into a 5Beg), the percentage column will be showing their percentage of Stage 4, due to them being a 4Sec still. Once they do get a 5Beg the percentage will then be showing the percentage coverage within Stage 5.*
For curricula which already work out percentages such as P-Scales and Phonics, the percentage column will read N/A, due to the % result already appearing in the Automatic Score column.
*Please note that all band descriptors are for example only, your school assessment terminology may be different.