When you load a markbook, you will enter Assessment mode by default. Each pupil has a tile for each objective where their current assessment judgement is recorded.

Recording Assessment Judgements

The palette, which you can find in the top left-hand corner of the markbook, is used to colour tiles.

NB: Different colours represent different things depending on your framework and school practices, so you should check this before recording assessment.

The colours available for assessment judgements are grey, red, yellow, green and blue (if available in your framework). Each colour of assessment will show the appropriate terminology that it represents.

There are two ways of colouring the tiles:

Select and colour: Select the tile(s) that you want to change, by clicking on them. You will see a red border around the selected tiles. Then select required colour from the palette to make the change.
Tip: Clicking on an objective will select the corresponding tile for all pupils. You can then select the most appropriate colour for the whole group before tweaking the colour for pupils for whom this isn’t appropriate.

Paint with colour: Click the paintbrush in the palette, followed by the colour that you want to use. Then click on the tile or tiles that you want to change to that colour (you can 'drag' the colour across a number of tiles by holding down the left mouse button). You can put a new colour on your brush by clicking in the palette. Paint mode can be switched off by clicking on the paintbrush again.

Saving assessment judgements

Your assessment judgements are automatically saved as long as you are connected to the internet. Look out for the ‘Save Successful’ message in the top right.

Scoring the markbook

Every few minutes, markbook assessments are used to calculate an attainment score for each child. These scores can be viewed and analysed in the Attainment and Progress area.

The basis of these scores is a percentage that represents coverage of the objectives in a subject. The calculation takes into account the colour of each assessment recorded and uses the weightings for each colour that have been set up in your school. In some schools, this percentage is converted to a score based on some terminology and thresholds that have been set up for your school. Visit the
Scoring Explained page to find out more.

NB Scores are only updated for pupils who are set to 'Automatic' scoring. If a pupil has a 'manual' score saved currently this will not change. Currently, you will need to access the
adjust scores screen in the previous version of the markbook in order to change a pupil back to automatic scoring when required.

Extra features

  • In some frameworks, guidance is provided to help you make assessment judgements. You can view this by hovering your mouse over an objective.
  • Hovering your cursor over a pupil name will tell you when the most recent assessment in these objectives was and also which groups they belong to
  • Clicking the arrow next to an objective will tell you the subject, ability level and strand that an objective belongs to

You can also access our video guide to markbook assessment mode 

Related Links
The markbook
Loading a Markbook
Markbook: Evidence Mode
Markbook: Reporting Mode
FAQ: The Markbook
Class Markbook help pages (legacy version)
Pupil Markbook help pages