Assessment Terminology Overview

This is part of our Assessment Solution. These may not be relevant to your experience if you are a free user.

With schools in so many different districts and areas of the world, sometimes the words we use at Chalk mean different things to how your school refers to them. This brief overview will help you to understand what we mean as we discuss Marking Cycles and Reporting Options, and setting them up as an Admin.

School Year

The start and end date-range that encapsulates the entirety of the school year.

Example: School Year 2018-2019


The duration of time in which a class runs with the same students. This can either be for the entire school year or only part of the school year.

Example: Full Year, Semester, Trimester, etc

Grading Periods

Non-overlapping time ranges within a Term that represent the student’s average within that time-frame. The students’ average for a Grading Period is determined by the assessments with due dates that fall within the Grading Period date range. Grading Periods have a weighting attached to them that you can customize. This impacts how averages for both the Term as well as Reporting Groups are calculated.

Example: Quarter, 1st 9 Weeks, etc

Reporting Groups

Used to group Grading Periods together to provide flexibility with displaying grades to students and guardians. You can think of them as “buckets” that Grading Periods can be grouped into. A Reporting Group represents the students’ average of all Grading Periods within it.

Example: Mid-term report, Fall Semester