Why Should You Be Adopting a Consistent Grading Scheme for Practice Assessments?

As we reflect on the experiences of our clients in implementing the change from paper based practice assessment to mobile device based assessments, we have noticed a curious and unexpected benefit that has been achieved through the change process.

Through moving to digital and mobile practice based assessment forms, the grading schemes, whether its 'fail/pass/merit', 'level 1 - 5' or 'Poor/Satisfactory/Good/Excellent' has typically evolved over the years to a consistent grading method for all practice based assessments.  This is driven through the accumulation of data and by the ability to easily review assessments in a digital format, providing the whole school with a clear analysis of results.

The benefits that have come from this include:

  • The results from consistent practice assessment grades are more easily understood by the student.  Through better understanding the grades, the student can better understand what success looks like and apply themselves better. 
  • A consistent grading method is also enables workplace assessors to better understand and become more familiar with the process leading to more reliable workplace grading 
  • The results from different assessments can be more easily combined to provide valuable comparative analytics and build aggregated data on student performance

So it may be simple and obvious, but our top tip from experience of implementing Myprogress for practice based assessments is to adopt a consistent grading scheme for your assessments.  Good luck!