Assessment for Teachers

Chapter 4: Standards Based Assessment

Chalk Assessment will help your school shift from outdated evaluation to true real-time assessment strategies. Support learning growth for students with standards-based grading, online assessments and transparency with parents through student ePortfolios that capture both formative and summative assessments.

This learning guide will help familiarize you with the features of Chalk's Assessment solution for users with Teacher privileges.

The Assessment solution builds on existing features within the Markboard app, so please review our Markboard Learning Guide's chapter on student reporting before continuing with this chapter.

While this guide will cover many of the features available, please refer to our extensive support articles for specific questions or reach out to us at support@chalk.com or through our in-app Live Chat service (available Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm EST).

The following chapter of our learning guide will go over how to:

  • Attach standards to an assessment
  • Assess standards when grading an assessment
  • View your students' standards proficiency

How do I assign standards to a class?

Adding standards sets to your classes will help keep you organized and on track with your curriculum, and ensure that you are covering all of the intended material. To learn how to add standards to classes, keep reading below.

How to add from the Timetable page

Step 1:

Click the Planboard menu at the top of the page, then click Timetable.

Step 2:

Click the gear icon on the class you'd like to edit on the left-hand side of the screen.

Step 3:

In the following window, click Show Advanced Options.

Step 4:

You will see the Standards tab of the advanced options. Click the Add Standards button to open the search window. For more information on searching effectively, continue reading below.

Step 1:

Navigate to the Classes page from the main menu, then select the class you're looking to add standards to.

Step 2:

Tap the + button in the corner.

Step 3:

Tap Add Curriculum Set.

Step 4:

Search for the standards you would like to add. For more information on searching effectively, continue on below.

Step 5:

Tap the standards you wish to add them to the class.

Step 1:

Navigate to the Classes page from the main menu, then select the class you're looking to add standards to.

Step 2:

Tap the + button in the corner.

Step 3:

Tap Add Curriculum Set.

Step 4:

Search for the standards you would like to add. For more information on searching effectively, continue on below.

Step 5:

Tap the standards you wish to add them to the class.

How to add from the Standards window

Step 1:

Click the Standards button when editing a lesson or assessment to bring up the Add Standards window.

Step 2:

Click the Browse Standards button in this window.

Step 3:

Search for the standards you would like to add. For more information on searching effectively, continue on below.

Step 4:

Once you have added standards to your classes, you can edit them from any Standards window by clicking Browse Standards.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I search effectively?

All sets uploaded by Chalk are formatted as follows:

(state/province/common core)  -  grade #  -  subject 

For example, if you're looking for the National Math Common Core standards for grade 2, you should search:

"National Common Core - Grade 2 - Mathematics"

When adding standards from your web browser, you can use filters below the search bar to help narrow your search by country, region, subject or grade level.

Subject and grade filters will not be available until you select a country and region. You can type in the filters to find options more easily.

Once you've set the desired filters, you will see results for all of the available standards that match the filters and search terms entered.

These filters will be remembered the next time you browse for standards. If you teach a particular subject or grade level, setting your filters can save you time for when you need to add standards to other classes.

If you're having difficulty finding standards, try editing your search terms or clearing your filters.

Official vs. non-official standards

Standards uploaded by Chalk are marked official as they're pulled directly from the source document. 

Individual teachers can also share standards that they have created within their own accounts. Some standards may have the same title as official standards, but the teachers who created these are free to customize them as they see fit.

You can view community-created standards by changing the Type filter below the search bar.

You can also access the standards you've created in your account through the Type filter by selecting "My Standards". Click here to learn how to upload your own standards.

How do I add standards to an assessment?

Creating a new assessment

Step 1:

To add standards when creating a new assessment, click on the green '+' button in the top right of the page.

Step 2:

Select an assessment type. 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 score assessment but also has an attached rubric
  • Observation: a non-graded comment or attachment (picture, audio, video, file)

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:

  • Tag the assessment to a unit
  • Determine what students will be covered
  • 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
  • Set it as an extra credit assignment (only available if the assessment is set as summative)
  • Attach standards to this assessment
  • Edit Rubric
  • Select which classes you want to copy this assessment into

Step 4:

To add standards to the assessment, click the Standards tab from the left-hand sidebar of the modal. Under the Standards section, click on the Add Standards button and choose the standards that you'd like to attach.

This information can also be added or changed later.

This is not available on mobile.

This is not available on mobile.

Editing an assessment

Step 1:

To add standards to an assessment that you've already created, click the gear icon on the card.

Step 2:

A window will open identical to that when creating the assessment. Click the "Standards" tab from the left-hand sidebar of the modal. Under the Standards section, click on the Add Standards button and you will be able to search for and add the standards that you need to the assessment! 

This is not available on mobile.

This is not available on mobile.

How do I assess standards when grading an assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution and a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article will show you how to measure your student's progress against standards.

Step 1:

Navigate to the individual assessment or gradebook entry page that you want to grade by clicking on the card or by clicking on the name in the table view.

Step 2:

To begin grading click on a student cell to display the grading options available.

Step 3:

After adding the overall score based on the gradebook entry type (see this article for more information), click the Standards tab.

Step 4:

This will let you assess the student's standard proficiency for that specific assessment or gradebook entry. By hovering over the standard number, you will see a description of the standard.

Step 5:

You can mark the student as having met the standard, being under-level or not having met the standard.

Step 6:

Once you're done, click the on next student cell to assess their standards proficiency.

When you've completed use the back arrow at the top left corner of the screen to return to the Markboard home page.

Assessment is not available on mobile.

Assessment is not available on mobile.

How do I view standards proficiency for a specific student?

This is part of our Assessment Solution and a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Step 1:

To begin, head to the Students tab in Markboard.

Step 2:

Click on the student that you'd like to view.

Step 3:

Click on the Standards tab.

Step 4:

From here, you will see a list of curriculum standards that this student has been assessed on, as well as an indication of their progress towards meeting the standard.

By default, this will show an average of all assessments and gradebook entries, in order of highest to lowest proficiency. To filter these, or to sort in order of lowest to highest proficiency, use the menus at the top. You can also search for a specific standard.

Clicking on a standard will pull up a description of the standard, the activities that have assessed this standard, and the student's proficiency on this standard for each assessment or gradebook entry.

Step 5:

To view standards proficiency for other students, just click on their names to the left!

This is not available on mobile.

This is not available on mobile.

How do I view standards proficiency for my whole class?

This is part of our Assessment Solution and a feature available to Chalk Gold subscribers. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Step 1:

To begin, head to the Insight tab in Markboard.

You can also reach this page by opening the Markboard menu at the top of the page, then clicking Insight.

Step 2:

Here you will see a list of all the standards that have been assessed so far in this class.

By clicking Most Met in the top right, you can change the order in which standards are shown.

Step 3:

You can also search for a standard in the top left.

Step 4:

Clicking on the standard will give you a description of the standard, and a detailed breakdown of those students have met the standard, those who are below level, those who have not met the standard, and those who have not yet been assessed on this standard.

Step 5:

Clicking on a student's name will show you the assessments and gradebook entries that this student has been graded on the standard, as well as their proficiency on that assessment or gradebook entry.

Step 6:

You can also change whether this standards proficiency breakdown is using all available assessments and gradebook entries, or showing the best or average of the most recent of these.

This is not available on mobile.

This is not available on mobile.