Posted by Syed Basit, Last modified by Tom Keegan on 08 August 2019 11:01 AM
The NAHT assessment frameworks recommend that each school should create their own bespoke version of the national curriculum. School should take time to ensure there is a logical progression built in the objectives year on year, but most importantly, spend time identifying the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that teachers will assess student against.
KPI's are the key learning constructs, that if understood, mean the students will have a good grasp of the entire curriculum for that year of progressions.
Taking this approach means that teacher workload can be reduced, as they only need to assess what really matters. This works well for the majority of students however outliers may need to be stretched and challenged or may be working at a slower rate than other students.
If the child is progressing slowly and as such, it is difficult to evidence progress just using the KPI's the school has the following options available to them:
1. Assess against KPIs
2. Assess against sub-objectives that increment towards achieving the KPIs
3. Assess against previous years' objectives
4. Use P Scales or an equivalent
To assist teachers with this process, we have developed individual and class goals functionality. It gives the teachers the ability to create objectives on the fly that can be allocated to all or just specific children in a class. This gives a teacher the flexibility to create a tailored curriculum for each child during their daily working practice.
1. Break down KPIs into smaller increments
Adding a Freestanding Individual or Class Goal
To add an Individual or Class goal, navigate to the Student Tracker application.
When adding a new goal, you can choose the name and details of the goal by typing into the available text box you can also choose which students you will be assessed against the goal by switching on or off the green tick boxes.
To make an Individual goal, add in the name of your goal, and use the green checkboxes to select which students you wish the goal to apply to. Any student who is left with a green tick will be assessed against the goal. Any student without a green tick will not.
It is possible to clear all students or select all the students by using the very first green tick in the same column as the blue arrows.
You can use the blue save button to save your Individual Goal
The Class and Individual goals can be identified within Student Tracker by their purple indicator
Adding an Individual or Class Goal to an existing objective
It is possible to add an individual or Class goal to an existing objective. The will allow schools to add further granularity to curriculum objective or extend them to test the brightest students.
To add an Individual or Class goal to an existing objective, open Student Tracker and locate a tracker containing the objective you wish to add to.
Click on the name of the objective to open a popup containing the name of the objective, a link to the Learning Locker and a + Objective button.
Use the blue + Objective button to add in your new Individual or Class goal and configure it as required
This Individual or Class goal will then be saved as a child objective of the main curriculum objective, indicated by the grey bar to the left side of the objective name.
Editing an Individual or Class Goal:
Single left-click on the name of the goal in the left hand column. A small pop up box will appear with the full name of the objective, and an Edit icon.
Select the Edit icon to see the goal in edit mode, and to be able to edit both the name of the goal and who it applies to
Deleting an Individual or Class Goal:
Click the delete button to be presented with a delete confirmation window asking you to confirm your choice. If you are happy for the goal to be removed, then select the red Delete Learning Objective button
It is important to note that once an Individual or Class goal is deleted, all judgments and evidence attached to that goal is also removed.
Viewing Individual and Class Goals:
The best place to view Individual and Class goals is through the Student Tracker app.
Adding a Judgement:
To add judgement to a student within student tracker, click on the square that corresponds to the student and learning objective you wish to add your judgement against
This will give you the judgement and evidence popover window for that student and learning objective.
To add a judgement for that student, single click on the coloured circle for the judgement you wish to use.
You will be able to see that the square for that student in the tracker changes to reflect the judgment you have made.
In the popover, you will see that the judgement you have selected is now completely shaded.
The Judgement timeline at the base of this window has also been shaded to show when the judgement has been made.
You have the option to add judgement to an entire Learning Objective or KPI in bulk mode. To perform this, select the arrow icon next to Learning Objective or KPI this will give you a popover containing the available statues. Choose the status you wish to set for the Learning Objective or KPI by selecting it as above. You will see that the entire row of students now has this judgement assigned.
Removing a judgement:
To remove a judgement, single click on the coloured circle showing the latest judgement. This will remove it from the system. If another judgement has previously been made, the circle will show the colour of the previous judgement. To remove this judgement, use the Period selector to navigate back to when the judgement was set, and remove it in the same way.
If you made a judgement for all students against a particular Learning Objective or KPI it is possible to remove all the judgements in one go.
Select the arrow > icon next to the Learning Objective or KPI; the popover will appear and now you deselect the judgement that has already been made and this will remove it for all students.
To add evidence against a student or students, open your tracker and select the relevant student and Learning Objective. When the popover opens, select the evidence button to be taken to the Evidence Timeline.
Use the Add Evidence button to open the Add Evidence window.
You can add four different types of evidence which can be added in the window
Notes: Text notes which allow you to type in a simple statement as evidence.
Upload: Upload files from your computer or network as evidence.
FrogDrive (FrogLearn customers only): Attach files which have already been uploaded into FrogDrive. At this time it is not possible to upload sites as evidence.
Link: Attach a web link as evidence.
In subject areas with multiple Learning Objectives/KPI's, the Learning Objectives tab allows teachers to attach evidence to multiple Learning Objectives at once.
To attach a piece of evidence to multiple Learning Objectives, select the subject areas and the relevant tick icons on the right hand side of the list. Those objectives with a green tick will have the evidence attached to them. This is ideal for pieces of work that show evidence of multiple learning objectives at work.
In a similar vein, it is possible to add evidence to multiple students in one go using the Students tab. Select the grey ticks next to the student names to turn them green and choose them to receive the piece of evidence. When you have chosen which pieces of evidence you wish to add, it is possible to add a comment to each piece of evidence for further explanation if required.
When you are happy with the evidence you have selected, click the blue Save button.
The evidence will then be visible on the Evidence Timeline of the selected students for those Learning Objectives selected.
To view any of the pieces of evidence, single click on the icon and you will be presented with a Preview window.
In this window, you will be able to:
Preview: If the file type can be previewed within FrgoProgress you will see a thumbnail preview.
Download File: You can download the file into your local computer.
Notes: Any notes that have been added to the evidence or a text area to type new notes.
Submitted By: Who has uploaded the evidence.
There is also an Action Cog in the top right corner which contains two options:
Within the Evidence Timeline attached to each student and Learning Objective, there is an Exemplar Standards button. This links to the Exemplar Standards area of the Learning Locker and when selected will show any materials added for that particular Learning Objective.
Teachers can click on the file icons provided to see more detail about the file and to download it if required.
Using the Evidence Timeline it is possible to track back and see the progress made by an individual student.
To move backwards or forwards through time, select the light grey arrow buttons at either end of the Evidence Timeline.
The bar on the timeline will change colour to reflect the student’s progress at that period in time. Any evidence added during that period will be reflected in that period. The period currently selected will also appear under the student’s name above the judgement circles.
Note: It is not possible to move forward beyond the current period.
Viewing a Progression Chart:
Once you have made judgements and added evidence for students you may want to review what you have added or look at your judgements for a subset of your tracker group. The following are a few tips to help you understand and use the tracker more effectively.
On Progression Charts you may see within a square a number in a small grey circle; this informs you of the total number of pieces of evidence there are for that Learning Objective or KPI and that student.
If you see a lighter shaded square, then this informs you that a judgement has been made in an earlier assessment period. If your judgement hasn’t changed in the current assessment period then it isn’t necessary to make a change to the judgement.
If you see a dark shaded square, then this informs you that this Individual or Class goal does not apply to this student.
It is possible to change your view of the tracker by using the View button which appears on the far right. It enables you to switch between viewing all Objectives or just KPI's as well as either seeing colours or values for the judgements, or both.
Each judgement is given a value when the Assessment Statuses are determined; see Module Two Curriculum Manager for more detail.
Using Contextual Data:
As mentioned earlier it is possible to use the filter tool to view the chart for a subset of your group, e.g. you may want to see how the students who are Pupil Premium are doing, or see how well the boys who are SEN are coping.
In the top right of the Progression Chart is the student filter icon. Click on this icon to open up the filter and apply the filters you want to use
Note: It is possible to combine filters, however, it will only display students who appear in all the filters you have selected, e.g. if you select SEN and Pupil Premium this will only display students that are in both these categories.
Note: Contextual data will automatically be available for all schools who are using the SIMS management information system; schools who use other systems will need to add the contextual data for their students.