Assessment for Teachers

Chapter 2: Online 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Chalk Assessment will help your school shift from outdated evaluation to true real-time assessment strategies.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 assessments 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:

  • Create and publish an online assessment
  • Grade a student's submitted work
  • Return online assessments to students
  • View the results and performance on an online assessment

What is an Online Assessment and how is it different from a Gradebook entry?

There are generally 2 ways in which student grades can be entered into Markboard:

  • Online Assessment
  • Gradebook Entry

Online Assessment

An Online Assessment is an assessment that is created in Markboard for students to take online in their Chalk student account. Assessments are graded and returned back to students, either automatically or manually depending the assessment settings. Grades are then recorded in Markboard.

Gradebook Entry

A Gradebook Entry is a grade that is entered manually into Markboard by a teacher. This entry can be in one of the following styles: score, binary, rubric and observation. A Gradebook Entry cannot be taken by a student online, as this is strictly a way for teachers to enter grades into Markboard manually. This way a teacher can enter scores of an assessment that was taken offline.

How do I create an online assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

To create an online assessment, follow the steps below.

Creating an Assessment

Step 1:

Click on the + button on the top-right. You will notice 2 options:

  • Gradebook Entry
  • Online Assessment

Step 2:

Click on the Online Assessment option to create an Online Assessment

Below are a few things to note in the assessment settings pop-up that appears.

  • (a) Status: Indicates whether an assessment is a draft or published. An assessment remains a draft until it is published explicitly by a teacher. Students cannot view an assessment if the assessment is a draft.
  • (b) Start/Close Date & Time: A student can take an assessment between the Start Time and the Close Time. If late submissions are allowed, then the student can take and submit the assessment after the close time. An assessment is automatically scheduled to commence on the Start Date and Time only after an assessment has been published by a teacher.

Note: You can only change the Start and Close Dates and Times if it is a draft. If it is published, then the dates can only be changed before the Start Time. You will not be able to change the dates and times of an assessment after the Start Time once it is published. 

  • (c) Return Grades: There are 2 ways in which an assessment can be returned back to the student:
  • Return Manually: You have to manually take action to return the assessments to students.
  • Return Automatically: Allows Markboard to automatically return assessments back to students. You can set when Markboard auto-returns an assessment back to students by selecting one of the following options below:
    Return Upon Completion: returns the assessment as soon as a student submits an attempt.
    Return at Close Time: returns the assessment to all students once it has closed.

Note: Assessments with written response and file upload types of questions require manual grading. This is also the case when assessments are returned automatically. If responses for these question types are ungraded, then students will be informed that their grade is inaccurate.

What is being returned to my students?

  • The final grade (if all question types are have been graded and the grade value is accurate) and point(s) achieved on each question.
  • Their response on each question and the correct multiple-choice or true/false answers.
  • Comments on the assessment or individual questions.

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Adding Standards to Online Assessments

You may also assign standards to Online Assessments.

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Settings in an Online Assessment

This view includes additional settings for an assessment, including timer, attempts, and late submissions.

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How do I use the assessment builder to complete an Online Assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article is a continuation of how to create an Online Assessment. Click here if you've yet to create your Online Assessment from the Markboard main page. 

How to Build an Assessment

Step 1:

Update details in the Assessment Details Card (optional)

If you would like to include general instructions for this assessment, you may do so here. Any settings displayed in this card, such as, Attempts Allowed and Timer, can be changed by clicking on the Settings button in the card. In addition, you can attach any resources to this assessment that you would like to provide to students by clicking on Upload Files. Below is an example of of an Assessment Details Card of an assessment that has been published, and how it is viewed in the teacher-side and student-side.

Note: Students can only view these details only after the assessment has been published. Here is what the student view looks like: 

Step 2: 

Click the + button to add a question card.

Step 3: 

To select the type of question you'd like to enter click on the dropdown that says Multiple Choice. The dropdown includes a variety of question types, including:

  • Multiple Choice
  • True or False
  • Written Response
  • File Upload
  • Instruction

Multiple Choice and True or False question types will be graded automatically. Written Responses and File Upload types will require manual grading.

Instruction question type can be used to add instructions within the assessment. This is different from the instructions in the Assessment Details card, as those are general instructions for the assessment overall. Instructions within a question card can be used to provide instructions for a question or group of questions within the assessment itself. For example, if you would like to leave some specific  instructions before a group of questions, you may do so by using the instruction option. 

Step 4:

Type in your question here.

Step 5:

Enter your Answer Key.

  • Multiple Choice & True or False: Select the correct answer by clicking on the radio button to the left of the option.

  • Written Response (optional): Since written responses are not auto-graded, answer keys entered by a teacher will be available as a reference while grading.

  • File Upload: If your answer requires a file to be added, there will be an option for students to upload a file. 

Step 6:

Set the Points value that the question. Points value refers to the value of how much the question is out of within this assessment. Questions are defaulted as 1 point each. To edit the value of a question, you can either type in a different number or use the arrows within the textbox to make the value higher or lower.  

The points for each question are automatically added. You can see the total points an assessment is worth overall in the Assessment Details card.

Step 7:  

Assign standards to your question by selecting Add Standards. This is an optional step, but any standards linked to your subject will be available for you to add here. 

Step 8:

(Optional): There may be times where you would like to include a file within a question. For example, you would like to include an image for your students to refer to for a question. You can do so by clicking the Upload Files button. File types you can upload include: images, PDF documents, videos, audio clips, or any other file types. Files uploaded onto a question in the teacher-view look different from the student-view. See below for some comparisons:

Note: Only images, videos, and audio clips can be opened on the same page as the question within an assessment. Clicking on other file types (such as PDFs) will download the file, and the file will open in a separate window, making them leave the browser. Google Drive integration is not supported.

From the teacher's view:

From the student's view:

Step 9:

Continue making your questions and information cards. When you're done, click here for how to publish the draft of your assessment when ready. 

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

How do I delete or move a question?

To delete a question, place your cursor over the question card. You will notice 3 buttons appearing on the top-right of the card. Click on the red trash icon. To move a question, click the up or down arrows. To delete a question, click the trash icon.

You can also move a question by clicking the 3-bar icon beside a question in the left sidebar and dragging it into the correct location. You can also move a question by clicking the 3-bar icon beside a question in the left sidebar and dragging it into the correct location.

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

How do I publish an online assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article will guide you on how to publish an assessment after you've completed building it. If you have yet to build your online assessment, click here

Note: Before publishing an assessment, be sure to check the following settings by clicking on the gear icon on the top-right:

  • Returning options
  • Number of attempts
  • Late permission

Follow the steps below to publish an assessment:

Step 1:

Click on the Publish button.

Step 2:

Schedule a timeframe in which you would like this assessment to be made available for your students. For example, if it’s during class time you can set it to start at the beginning of class, and have it close at the end of class.

Step 3:

Once you are ready, click Publish.

Note: Publishing an assessment will change the status of the assessment. For more information on assessment statuses click here

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

How do I grade students’ submitted online assessments?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

This article is a quick overview on how to grade work submitted by students. To do so open the Grading view of an Online Assessment by clicking on the assessment card in Markboard. You can begin grading assessments as students submit their work. 

Note: You can update the students’ grades for an assessment even after it has been returned. Any changes you make to the student’s assessment will be auto-updated for the student. To do this, go to the Grading view for an assigned assessment and edit the grade or comments.

There are 2 ways of grading an assessment, by:

  • Student
  • Question

Grading by Student

Step 1:

Click on the Student tab in the sidebar (selected by default).

Step 2:

Click on a student name (the first one on the list will be selected by default). The student card at the top includes the following:

  • (A) Total points: This value is automatically updated and displayed here. You will have to grade any Written and File Upload responses - as these cannot be auto-graded. As you fill in the point value for each response, the total points of an assessment gets updated.
  • (B) Omit: You can omit a student’s mark on this assessment from being calculated into the overall grade.
  • (C) Comment: You can leave feedback for a student’s overall work on the assessment.
  • (D) Mark as Late: An assessment will be marked late automatically if the student has submitted the assessment after close time. Assessments can only be submitted late if the option has been enabled for the assessment. Assessments submitted by a student past the close time will automatically be marked late, but the teacher has the ability to remove this tag.
  • (E) Return button: This button is displayed if the option to return grades is set to Manual Return. Clicking on the Return button will return the following:
  • The final grade and point achieved on each question
  • Their response on each question and the correct multiple-choice or true/false answer
  • Comments on the assessment or individual questions
  • Note: Refer to this article for more information.

Step 3:

Update the point value of a response by entering a grade in the box at the top right of each question card. This will automatically update the total points for the student you are grading.

Step 4: 

If you would like to leave specific feedback, you can add a comment on a response.

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

Grading by Question

Step 1:

Click on the Question tab in the sidebar. This will show you a list of all the questions in the assessment.

Step 2:

Click on a question (the first one will be selected by default).

You will see the question and the answer key in this view, along with student responses for that particular question.

Note: You will only see the Answer Key for a Written Response question if you filled it in while building the assessment.

Step 3:

You can update the point value of a response by entering a grade in the box at the top right of each student’s response. This will automatically update the total points for the student you are grading.

 If you would like to leave specific feedback, you can add a comment on a response.

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

How do I return an online assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

Once you have finished grading the assessments, it’s now time to return it back to your students. When you return an assessment back to the student, they will be able to view:

  • The final grade and point achieved on each question
  • Their response on each question and the correct multiple-choice or true/false answer
  • Comments on the assessment or individual questions

Note: This will not be visible to students and guardians until the assessment is returned.

There are 2 options on how you can return assessments to students once they have been graded. You can access these options from the assessment settings window. Be sure to set this prior to publishing an assessment. To do so, click the gear icon in the header of the assessment.

Method 1: Returning Manually

This is the default option whenever you create a new assessment. It means that you have to manually take action to return the assessments to students. To return assessments, go to the Grading view and either:

Step 1:

Click on Return All Assessments. This will return the assessment back to every student in the class at once. Any unsubmitted or ungraded work would also be returned back to students. You can update point values for the entire assessment and for individual questions after you have returned the assessment. We recommend that you use this button only after all assessments have been graded.

Step 2:

Click on Return on an individual student. This will return the assessment back to that student.

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

Method 2: Returning Automatically

This option allows Markboard to automatically return assessments back to students.

Note: Written response or file upload questions cannot be auto-graded so a student will see a lower grade until you have manually graded these. It is ideal to use this option for assessments with multiple-choice and true/false type of questions.

You can set when Markboard auto-returns assessments back to students:

  • Return Upon Completion: Select this option if you want to return the assessment as soon as a student submits an attempt.
  • Return at Close Time: Select this option if you want to return the assessment to all students once it has closed. 

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

Where can I view the results for an online assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

After your students have been graded for an online assessment, you will be able to view more in-depth results. Here is a quick guide on how.

Step 1:

On the Assessments page in Markboard, click on an online assessment for which you would like to view the results.

Step 2:

Click the Results tab on the top.  

Here are more resources on how to take advantage of Results:

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

How do I view a section’s performance for an online assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

After a section of students has completed an online assessment, you will be able to view their overall performance within Results. Here is how.

Step 1:

On the Assessments page in Markboard, click on an online assessment.

Step 2:

Click the Results tab on the top. By default, the results will be shown by section. If not, select the dropdown on the top left, and then select Section.

Step 3:

Select one of the tabs on the top right to view class performance by:

  • Overview: View a quick summary of the results for this class.

  • Scores: View distribution of scores displayed on a bar graph. You can click on any bar in the graph to view students who received a score that fell within a specific range. Click on a student to view their results for this assessment.

  • Questions: View average score per question displayed on a bar graph. You can click on a bar to view students’ scores for a particular question. You can click on a particular student to view their results for this assessment or click on View More to view results for a specific question.

  • Time: View time spent on this assessment displayed on a bar graph. Click on a bar to view students who spent time with a specific time frame. You can click on a particular student to view their results for this assessment.

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Assessment is not available on mobile.

How do I view a student’s results for an online assessment?

This is part of our Assessment Solution. You will not have this option if you are a free user.

After a student has completed an online assessment, you will be able to view their overall performance within Results. Here is how.

Step 1:

On the Assessments page in Markboard, click on an online assessment.

Step 2:

Click the Results tab on the top. By default, the results will be shown by section. If not, select the dropdown on the top left, and then select Section.

Step 3:

Select the student on the left, or filter the list by selecting the Filter by dropdown. You can filter students by:

  • All Students
  • Custom grade range
  • Unsubmitted only
  • Below section average
  • Above section average

Step 4:

Once you have selected the student, select one of the tabs on the top right to view the student’s performance by:

  • Overview: View a quick summary of the results for this student.

  • Questions: View student’s score per question, along with the section average, displayed on a bar graph. Select a bar to view the question and response displayed below the graph.

  • Time: View total time spent on this assessment, along with average section time, displayed on a bar graph. 

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Assessment is not available on mobile.