A recording and analytics tool for all classroom teacher assessments. At the simplest level teachers will be able to record and analyse all their assessment marks. At a more sophisticated level, SPAmarkbook will support pre-test ZPD sorting to inform teaching, pre/post test effect-size calculations to reflect student growth, a rubrics generator and curriculum continuums against which individual classroom teachers can map student performance.
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The SPAmarkbook module will assist individual teachers to keep a record of every class assessment that they set, this will be accomplished in a number of ways
At its simplest level, SPAmarkbook will enable teachers to enter and electronically store the scores for any assessment both as a raw score and as a percentage of the total points available. If teachers want to allocate grades to this work (e.g. A, B, C, etc. or Distinction, Credit, Pass, etc.) they will be able to allocate cut score points and results will be colour coded accordingly.
At a more sophisticated summative level, pre-test data will be linked to a post-test analyser that allows for the analysis of both individual growth and average class growth between pre- and post-test occasions. This growth will be expressed both as a percentage score improvement and as an effect size.
The SPAmarkbook module also includes the ability for teachers to “check-off” VicCurriculum/Australian Curriculum Level outcomes for students in their class as students “begin”, “consolidate” and “establish” the behaviours described in the outcomes. SPAmarkbook, in turn, will calculate an estimated Year Level progression point score based on this information.
The release of the SPAmarkbook module will also introduce the new SPAplatform. The new platform will be iPad and Android tablet compatible, enabling teachers to use SPAmarkbook on a tablet as well as their PC or Mac computer. Furthermore, unlike all other SPAplatform modules, the SPAmarkbook module will be sold either separately to individual teachers as a stand-alone product or to schools (for all teaching staff) as a module within the SPAplatform. (NB. the SPAstandard module and the SPAtracker module will continue to operate in the Silverlight environment until July 2015 at which point they too will be transported to the new SPAplatform.)