Markboard Guide

Chapter 2: Assessments

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:

  • Create an assessment
  • Edit an assessment
  • Attach lesson plans to an assessment
  • Assign weighting for individual assessments

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.

You can also tab on the date to change the date of the Observation.

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.

You can also tab on the date to change the date of the Observation.

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. 

How do I edit an Assessment?

This article will walk you through editing an Assessment if you need to make changes after creating it. If you haven't created an Assessment yet, click here to learn how to do that first.

Step 1:

Select a Subject from the Markboard homepage to see see each assessment displayed below.

Step 2:

To edit the assessment hover over it and click the gear icon that appears in the bottom right corner as shown in the screenshot below.

You can also access the edit screen from the Assessment page itself. Once you've selected an assessment click the gear icon in the top right corner as seen below.

Step 3:

Using either of these options the following pop-up will be displayed allowing you to make changes to this assessment.

Make sure to click Save Assessment when you're done to ensure changes are saved.

Step 1:

Select the assessment you want to edit.

Step 2:

Tap the 3-dotted icon on the top-right.

Step 3:

Select the Edit option.

Step 4:

You can make the changes here as necessary. Tap Save to apply your changes.

The only option that you cannot change is the Assessment Type, i.e. a binary-type assessment cannot be changed into a score-type assessment, and vice-versa.

Step 1:

Select the assessment you want to edit.

Step 2:

Tap the 3-dotted icon on the top-right.

Step 3:

Select the Edit option.

Step 4:

You can make the changes here as necessary. Tap Save to apply your changes.

The only option that you cannot change is the Assessment Type, i.e. a binary-type assessment cannot be changed into a score-type assessment, and vice-versa.

How do I create an extra-credit assessment?

Do you need to give your students extra credits for their hard work? Creating an extra-credit assessment in Markboard is easy.

Step 1:

Simply check off the Extra Credit option found under the Evaluate as: section of the create/edit assessment window.

Notes: the extra credit option is only available for summative assessments. When you use extra credit assessments it becomes possible for your students to have a grade of more than 100%.

Step 1:

Simply check off the Extra Credit option found under the Evaluate as: section of the create/edit assessment window.

Step 1:

Simply check off the Extra Credit option found under the Evaluate as: section of the create/edit assessment window.

How do I attach lesson plans to an assessment?

Linking lessons from Planboard to Assessments in Markboard can help you track the lesson content that you've been teaching that relates to the assessment! This article is a quick guide on how to do so. 

Note: If you are part of a school subscribed to the Chalk Assessment solution, lesson plans linked to online assessments can be made accessible for students.

Step 1:

Edit an existing assessment.

Step 2:

Select the Lessons tab of the window that appears and click on Link Lesson Plans.

Step 3:

From the window that appears, click on Link for any lesson plans that you would like linked to this assessment. You can filter through assessments by the unit and search by the title of the lesson plan.

Step 4:

Once you select the appropriate lesson plans, they will show up as attachments on the assessment.

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

Unfortunately, this feature is not yet available on mobile. 

How do I assign weighting for individual assessments?

Looking for a way to have one of your assessments weighted more towards the final grade than another? You can easily do so by editing the Weight Value of an assessment.

Step 1:

While creating a new assessment or editing an existing one, you will see an input field at the top right of the assessment information window. From here, you will be able to adjust the weight value of that specific assessment. 

Think of this weight value as a multiplier. This means that “Test A" with a weight value of "2x" will be worth twice as much as “Test B" within the same category.

Note: any assessments with a custom weight assigned will be displayed as such.

Step 1:

While creating a new assessment or editing an existing one, you will see an input field labeled Weight on the assessment information window. From here, you will be able to adjust the weight value of that specific assessment.

Think of this weight value as a multiplier. This means that “Test A" with a weight value of "2x" will be worth twice as much as “Test B" within the same category.

Step 1:

While creating a new assessment or editing an existing one, you will see an input field labeled Weight on the assessment information window. From here, you will be able to adjust the weight value of that specific assessment.

Think of this weight value as a multiplier. This means that “Test A" with a weight value of "2x" will be worth twice as much as “Test B" within the same category.