How do I create an assessment?

This article will show you how to create an assessment within the Markboard app with which you can evaluate your students. The options are:

  • Score - score, level or letter-based grades based on an overall value, such as 100
  • Binary - a pass / fail assessment
  • Rubric - similar to grade assessments but also has an attached rubric
  • Observation - anecdotal comments about students

Note: You can only create a Score or Binary assessment through the mobile app.

Step 1:

To begin creating an assessment, login to Markboard and select the class you're creating an assessment for.

From here click on the green '+' button in the top right of the page.

Step 2:

Select the style you want for your new assessment.

Step 3:

Once you've chosen a style you'll be asked to enter details for the assessment as shown below

You'll want to start by naming the assessment which is the only mandatory field to fill out.

At this point, you can edit other details of your assessment which include:

This information can also be added or changed later.

Step 1:

Tap the '+' button on the bottom right in the Class Feed view.

Step 2:

Tap the Assessment option.

Step 3:

At this point, you can edit other details of your assessment which include:

  • Tag assessment to a unit
  • Determine what students will be assessed
  • Specify a due date
  • Adjust the Category the assessment is part of (will default to the first one in your subject)
  • Set it as a summative or formative assessment
  • Set it as an extra credit assignment (only available if the assessment is set as summative)

This information can also be added or changed later.

Note: You can only create a Score or Binary assessment through the mobile app.

Step 1:

Tap the '+' button on the bottom right in the Class Feed view.

Step 2:

Tap the Assessment option.

Step 3:

At this point, you can edit other details of your assessment which include:

  • Tag assessment to a unit
  • Determine what students will be assessed
  • Specify a due date
  • Adjust the Category the assessment is part of (will default to the first one in your subject)
  • Set it as a summative or formative assessment
  • Set it as an extra credit assignment (only available if the assessment is set as summative)

This information can also be added or changed later.

Note: You can only create a Score or Binary assessment through the mobile app.

How do I create a score assessment?

Score assessments are the most commonly used option in Chalk, because of how flexible they are in representing different types of assessments. Whether the assessment is homework, a quiz, a project, or a test, the Score assessment allows you to represent the grade as a fraction. This makes it easy to accurately reflect how the students performed.

Step 1:

In the top right hand corner within your Subject in Markboard, click on the green '+' button in the top right of the page and select "Score".

Step 2:

You’ll be asked to enter details for the assessment as shown below, and mapped A-E.

  • A: Make sure to name your Assessment to keep track of which assessment is which. Note: This is the only field that must be filled out to save an assessment.
  • B: Adjust the Out of to mirror how the assessment is being graded. Note: this does not impact the weight of this assessment.
  • C: Set the due date. The default due date is always the day you’re inputting assessments.
  • D: What category does this assessment fall in? Selected category will appear with weighting percentage and coloured, according to the set colour in settings.
  • E: Set it as a summative or formative assessment (the default is summative). Formative will have no impact on a student’s calculated grade.

When you’re done these steps, click Create Assessment and it will take you straight to the evaluation page. If you have marks, you can enter them here, or simply return to the Assessments main page to continue to create additional assessments.  

Step 1:

Tap the '+' button on the bottom right in the Class Feed view and tap the Assessment option.

Step 2:

Tap on the Score box and enter the details of your assessment. You can edit the range by tapping on the "Out of" number.

Step 1:

Tap the '+' button on the bottom right in the Class Feed view and tap the Assessment option.

Step 2:

Tap on the Score box and enter the details of your assessment. You can edit the range by tapping on the "Out of" number.

How do I create a rubric assessment?

A rubric is a grid based tool that is used to grade a students performance against a predetermined set of expectations, instead of other students. A rubric is designed to help you compare students results to the desired outcomes of an assessment. In Chalk, this assessment is similar to Score assessments, but with an attached rubric.

Step 1:

From the Markboard Assessment tab, click the green plus button to select an assessment style.

Step 2:

Select Rubric and create your assessment, making sure  A (Assessment Name) B (Out of) C (Due Date) and D (Category) are filled out. And Create Assessment.  

Step 3:

You’ll be taken to the grading page where you can take advantage of the grading option. But to build the rubric, you’ll want to select Edit Rubric beside PDF.

Step 4:

You will see the default rubric shown below, but everything is customizable, based on your requirements.

  • A: You can change the title of your Rubric to reflect your assessment title.
  • B: Categories/Levels can be changed as well,  just because the default is Knowledge/Understanding, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. You can overwrite column and row names based on your specific criteria.
  • C: You can enter text criteria in the gray areas to suit your rubric. This is where the standard set that students are being graded against will go.  

Columns and rows can be added and deleted as necessary. As an example, I’m going to set up a Summer Math Project Rubric, with 3 columns and 2 rows. Now let’s take a look at how we can use this rubric while grading students

Step 5:

When grading rubric assessments, you will have the option to enter the grade, make comments, and assess the rubric.When you mark rubric assessments, you can see the criteria while inputting feedback by hovering over the box.

Note: You will still need to put a grade in the grade field, to ensure it’s counted towards a students grade.

Bonus Learning!

Re-use your rubrics with ease! When you create your next Rubric assessment simply go to the rubric editor in the new assessment and click the Import Rubric option to select from any previously created rubrics.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

How do I create a binary assessment?

Binary is a pass/fail, yes/no, all or nothing assessment format, like participation or self-reflections. This means when grading, you either give full marks (i.e. 100%) or no marks (i.e. 0%).

Step 1:

In order to create a Binary assessment select the + icon in the right-hand corner of Markboard. 

Step 2:

Here you will be able to set-up your Binary Assessment.

  • A: Make sure to name your Assessment to keep track of which assessment is which. Note: This is the only field that must be filled out to save an assessment.
  • B: You may notice Out of will not show up in a binary assessment, unlike other assessments, as it is only pass or fail.
  • C: Set the due date. The default due date is always the day you’re inputting assessments.
  • D: What category does this assessment fall in? Selected category will appear with weighting percentage and coloured, according to the set colour in settings.
  • E: Set it as a summative or formative assessment (the default is summative). Formative will have no impact on a student’s calculated grade.

When you’re done these steps, click Create Assessment and it will take you straight to the evaluation page.

Step 3:

For Binary Assessments you still have access to features such as comments, attachments and marking assessments as unsubmitted or late. For a refresher on these options take a look at How do I grade an Assessment?

Step 1:

Tap the '+' button on the bottom right in the Class Feed view and tap the Assessment option.

Step 2:

Tap on the Binary box and enter the details of your assessment.

Step 1:

Tap the '+' button on the bottom right in the Class Feed view and tap the Assessment option.

Step 2:

Tap on the Binary box and enter the details of your assessment.

How do I create an observation?

Observations are anecdotal notes, and can include images or videos, that are a great way for teachers to keep track of classroom activities and attitudes, as well as using this information to update parents on how the student is progressing. 

Step 1:

In order to create an Observation select the + icon in the right-hand corner of Markboard. 

Step 2:

Observations can be applied to the whole class, groups within the class, or individual students. These observations won’t appear on the Assessment main page, but will appear when looking at a student profile. Add students by selecting the Button in the top right-hand corner of the pop-up.

For reporting, you will only be able to see notes, not multimedia observations. It’s important to note that Observations have no impact on the student’s calculated grade.

Step 1:

In order to create an Observation, tap on the + icon in the bottom right corner. 

Step 2:

Choose if you would like to add a Note (written text comment), Audio recording, choose an image from your device's photo Library, record a Video, or take a Photo.

Step 3:

Tap on the where it says Tag Students to adjust the students attached to this Observation. You can add one student or multiple students.

Note: on the Android example, this depicts when you want to tag only one student to remember or make note of something specific. 

Step 4: 

Once you are finished adding content to your observation, simply tap the blue Add Observation at the bottom of the page. 

Note: observations have no impact on the student's calculated grades. 

Step 1:

In order to create an Observation, tap on the + icon in the bottom right corner.

Step 2:

Choose if you would like to add a Note (written text comment), Audio recording, choose an image from your device's photo Library, record a Video, or take a Photo.

Step 3:

Tap on the where it says Tag Students to adjust the students attached to this Observation. You can add one student or multiple students.

Note: on the Android example, this depicts when you want to tag only one student to remember or make note of something specific. 

Step 4: 

Once you are done adding content to your Observation, simply tap on the Save button at the top right. 

Note: observations have no impact on the student's calculated grades.