Markboard Guide

Chapter 3: Grading & Reporting

Markboard brings both summative and formative assessment to your students. Get real-time insights into your students’ learning progress to provide the best feedback. Best of all, it’s free for individual teachers.

This learning guide will help familiarize you with the features of Chalk's Markboard app. 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:

  • Grade your assessments
  • View student progress
  • Generate student and class reports
  • Create a grading scale

How do I grade an assessment?

This article will show you how to grade an assessment on Markboard. On web, you can grade a Score Assessment, a Binary Assessment, and a Rubric Assessment. On mobile, you can grade either a Score Assessment or a Binary Assessment. This article will walk you through how to complete these steps so you can start using Markboard as your gradebook.

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

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

Grading Option 1: Score

With a Score Assessment, you can grade the student based on an overall score as well as provide comments and attachments to the given grade. These options can be seen once a student has been selected to grade.

Enter the ratio of correct answers to total questions in the Score space. The total questions should already have been assigned when the Assessment was created.

Grading Option 2: Binary

Binary Assessments have the same options as Score the only difference is that instead of assigning a value grade you set either achieved or did not achieve. For example, a test that is pass-fail or a quiz that demonstrates a "yes, no" grasp of a concept.

Simply click to toggle either the checkmark or the X depending on whether or not the student passed or failed the assignment.

Grading Option 3: Rubric

For a Rubric Assessment, you have the same options as Score where you can assign a grade, comments or attachments. In addition you can also assess the student based on the rubric that you created for this assessment.

Note: we do not currently offer rubric-based autofilling, which means filling out the rubric will not result in the generation of an overall grade.

Click to fill in the levels which the student achieved on their Assessment.

More options

  • A: New Attempt: You can create multiple attempts for the student. The latest attempt will be the final mark for the assessment.
  • B: Mark As: You can label an assessment under a student as “Late” or “Unsubmitted” - these do not impact the student’s grade but will create a label that will be visible.
  • C: Omit: You can omit a student’s mark on this assessment from being calculated into the overall grade.

Table View

Click on the Table View button and click on a cell in the table to enter in a grade. Note that the table view only supports grade entry. In order to access more grading options (eg. comments, omit, multi-attempts) you will need to do so from the individual assessment view.

Tip:

  • You can also use the up or down arrows on your keyboard to quickly enter grades for multiple students. 
  • To get more information about the assessment at a glance, hover over the assessment name and a tooltip will appear.

Getting Started 

From the Class Feed, tap on the assessment you wish to grade. 

To begin grading, tap on a student to open the detailed grading screen. From here, you can edit the student's grade, leave a comment, and add media attachments to this student grade entry.

When creating an assessment, you will asked to choose either a Score or Binary assessment. This is so that when you go to mark your assessments, you have different types of assessments that serve different purposes. Read more below. 

Grading Option 1: Score

To edit the student's grade, tap on the grade text field. 

From here, using the Score system, you can enter a number for the grade. You can also use the grading scale symbol keyboard above the number pad to enter a symbol from your grading scale.

Grading Option 2: Binary

Binary assessments have the same options as Score, the only difference is that instead of assigning a value grade you set either achieved or did not achieve.

Tap to change between pass/fail/yes/no.

Note: Rubric grading is not yet supported on mobile.

Getting Started 

From the Class Feed, tap on the assessment you wish to grade. 

To begin grading, tap on a student to open the detailed grading screen. From here, you can edit the student's grade, leave a comment, and add media attachments to this student grade entry.

When creating an assessment, you will asked to choose either a Score or Binary assessment. This is so that when you go to mark your assessments, you have different types of assessments that serve different purposes. Read more below. 

Grading Option 1: Score

To edit the student's grade, tap on the grade text field. 

From here, using the Score system, you can enter a number for the grade. You can also use the grading scale symbol keyboard above the number pad to enter a symbol from your grading scale.

Grading Option 2: Binary

Binary assessments have the same options as Score, the only difference is that instead of assigning a value grade you click to set either achieved or did not achieve.

Tap to change between pass/fail/yes/no.

Note: Rubric grading is not yet supported on mobile.

How do I omit a student from an assessment?

Sometimes things happen where a student is unable to complete an assessment, or you would like to remove it from counting towards their grade. This is a quick guide on how to do so!

Step 1:

Go to the Assessment's page to enter grades.

Step 2:

Click the student you would like to omit from the assessment. Then select Omit. If you would like to, you may also mark the assessment as Unsubmitted or Late. Click here for more information on how too.

Step 3:

You will no longer be able to enter a grade value, but you may add comment to the student as to why the assessment has been omitted. 

Step 1:

From the Assessment View, tap on the student you want to omit.

Step 2:

Tap on the "more options" icon in the top right corner, which looks like three dots.

Step 3: 

Tap Omit to omit the student from the assessment. 

Note: You will no longer be able to add a grade value, but you may add a comment as to why the student was omitted.

Step 1:

From the Assessment View, tap on the student you want to omit.

Step 2:

Tap on the "more options" icon in the top right corner, which looks like three dots.

Step 3: 

Tap Omit to omit the student from the assessment. 

How can I mark a student’s work as late or unsubmitted?

Do you need to keep track of which students have submitted their work in late or have not turned it in at all? We can help you with that.

Note: marking a student’s work as late or unsubmitted will not affect their mark or overall grade. Its purpose is to help you keep track of tardy or unsubmitted student work.

From the Assessment View

Step 1:

When you hover over the student row, you will see a Mark As option. By clicking on it, you will see that you have an option to mark whether that student turned in their work late or have not submitted their work at all.

If you have already marked a student's work as late or unsubmitted and wish to remove the label, select the Remove option from that drop-down.

From the Student Portfolio View

Step 1:

Within the student's assessment feed, click on the edit button next to the assessment name. From the window that appears, click on the "Mark As" option and select either Late or Unsubmitted from the drop-down menu.

When you have marked a student’s work as unsubmitted, you will see an unsubmitted label appear on your assessment card on the assessments page as well as the individual student’s timeline.

Step 1:

From the Assessment View, tap on the student you want to mark as late or unsubmitted.

Step 2:

Tap on the "more options" icon in the top right corner, which looks like three dots.

Step 3:

Choose either Late or Unsubmitted to mark this student as late or unsubmitted accordingly.

Note: If you wish to remove a late or unsubmitted tag, simply tap the option again, and it will remove the late/unsubmitted label from that student's grade entry.

Step 1:

From the Assessment View, tap on the student you want to mark as late or unsubmitted.

Step 2:

Tap on the "more options" icon in the top right corner, which looks like three dots.

Step 3:

Choose either Late or Unsubmitted to mark this student as late or unsubmitted accordingly.

Note: If you wish to remove a late or unsubmitted tag, simply tap the option again, and it will remove the late/unsubmitted label from that student's grade entry.

How can I view student progress?

Once you’ve created assessments, and input grades and observations, you can see how students are progressing by clicking on their name on the Students tab. This will help you to determine if a student needs additional support, shows you unsubmitted assessments, and gives you a quick snapshot of overall grades.

Step 1:

Select a section in Markboard.

Step 2:

Select a student from the Students tab in Markboard. Here, you’ll be able to see the students overall grade, observations and individual assessment marks.

Clicking on any of these from the timeline will allow you to make quick edits directly from this page.

You can also use the filter settings on the right to adjust what you’re looking at. For example, you can filter down to looking at a specific category or look only at unsubmitted assessments for a specific student.

You can create a PDF of this information by clicking the PDF button under the overall grade. Reports can be pulled as single class reports, or as multiple classes that you teach. Reports can be printed or downloaded for sharing.

Note: You will not be able to see how a student is doing across all their subjects if you don’t teach them all subjects. However, if your school subscribes to the Assessment Solution, your admin will be able to provide those reports.

Unfortunately, this function is not yet available on mobile. 

Unfortunately, this function is not yet available on mobile. 

How do I generate Student Reports?

In Markboard, you have the ability to export two types of Student Reports: a multi-class or a single class student report. 

Multi-Class Student Report vs. Single-Class Student Report

  • Multi-Class Student Report: Generates a report of student's progress for all classes that they are enrolled in.
  • Single-Class Student Report: Generates a report of student's progress for an individual class.

This article will show you how to generate both types of Student Reports, so that you can provide accurate information to both students and parents.

Note: you will only be able to generate a multi-class report if you teach the student multiple classes. Otherwise, the admin will have to generate the grades from the students' other classes.

Step 1:

Under the Students tab in the class view, select a student and click on the PDF button found under their Overall Grade.

Step 2:

You can customize the content of the student report by:

  • Assessments (with an option to include comments)
  • Observations
  • Attendance
  • Start & End Date Range
  • Choosing a multi-class or single-class report

Note: If your institution subscribes to the Assessment Solution, you can also choose to include parent/guardian information at the top of the student report under extra settings.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

How do I generate Class Reports?

Generating class reports will help you to stay organized, keep track of class progress, and communicate with parents and colleagues about what is going on within your classes.

To learn how to generate a PDF Class Report, continue reading.

From the Assessment View

Step 1:

Under the Assessments Tab in Markboard, click the PDF button near the top right of the page.

Step 2:

By default, the current class you navigated from will be selected. The Table View Class Report will generate a report of marks for all students within the class across all assessments.

Note: you have the option to filter which assessments are included in the report.

You can filter by:

  • Unit
  • Category
  • Start & End Date Range

There are also extra settings for margins and student identification (student name vs ID).

From the Single Assessment Grading View

Step 1:

Click the PDF button found on the right side of the Assessment Header.

Step 2:

By default, the current assessment you navigated from will be selected. The Single Assessment Class Report will generate a report of marks for all students for that single assessment.

Note: for a Rubric-type assessment, you have the option to format the report either in a class list or in a student per page fashion. The report will only display the full rubrics in the student-by-student format.

There are extra settings for margins and parent signature requirements.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.

How do I create a grading scale?

Grading scale is the value you would like to apply (either through Level or Symbol, example A+, A, A-, etc) to a specific percentage. This is a guide on how to create grading scales to apply to either an entire semester, or a specific subject. 

Step 1:

Open the Markboard menu at the top of the page, then click Markboard Settings.

Step 2:

Click on Manage Scales.

Step 3:

On the left, you will see a list of grading scales. You can filter this list by the Chalk official set, your own custom set or a school set (if you have access to it). Pick a scale you want to use as your template, then click on the Create New from Template button.

Step 4:

This is where you create your scale. Please note that for the levels/letter grade names, you can enter up to a maximum of four characters. As for the value ranges, please make sure that the number that you are inputting is within a 0 - 100 range. (Note that these numerical values represent the Minimum Values of each grade range.)

You can also insert in additional rows to create more levels/grade ranges. To do so, click the Add New Row button found below the table. To delete a row, click the trash icon next to each row.  

Step 5:

Click on Save Grading Scale. Make sure you name your scale.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile.