Markbook 9.0 : Introduction

A system has been developed over the last twelve years of recording student marks on computer, and making each student's record available for discussion at monitoring interviews, or for parents when requested. The printout shows the actual mark for each item of work, together with a graphical display of the student's performance on that particular piece of work in relation to the rest of the year group. Experience shows that the standard of each year group does not materially change from year to year (except for an annual small improvement in overall standards as a result of efforts to raise standards). Also displayed is the student's GCSE points index, used as a starting point to determine the individual standard expected of a particular student.

This method is particularly useful for the following reasons:

The system was developed in a sixth-form college environment, and is aimed primarily at this level. Targets are initially obtained from the student's GCSE performance. However, any numerical system of target-setting could be used, and Markbook 9.0 allows the user to configure the headings if "GCSE" is inappropriate. Furthermore, all entries are editable, so individual targets could be adjusted with progress, if a teacher so desired.


Examples


John Smith
                                        class average
                                               |
GCSE points                                    |*                      6.8
Hwk 10.9.99                                    |*                      27/40
Hwk 17.9.99                               *    |                       7/18
Hwk 24.9.99                                    |  *                    21/29
Hwk 1.10.99                                    | *                     19/34
Hwk 8.10.99                                    |     *                 11/20
Hwk 15.10.99                                   |           *           16/20
November Test                                  |                 *     40/50
Hwk 5.11.99                                    *                       7/10
Hwk 12/11/99                                   |          *            13/20
Hwk 19.11.99                                   |         *             18/30
Miniproject                                    |                 *     66/100
January test                                   |    *                  35/47
Hwk 7.1.00                                     |               *       32/37
Hwk 14.1.00                                    |               *       14/20
Hwk 21.1.00                                    |      *                34/47
Hwk 28.1.00                                    |            *          36/48
Hwk 4.2.00                                     |        *              8/10
Hwk 11.2.00                                    |    *                  12/21
March test                                     |                      *33/39
Hwk 3.3.00                                     |      *                25/40
rep NOV 99                                     |         *              A/B
rep MAR 00                                     |        *               A/B
Hwk 10.3                                       |       *               8/12
Hwk 17.3.00                                    |    *                  37/51
                    UUUUUUEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDCCCCCCBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAA

This represents a hard-working and able student. His GCSE points are not particularly high (in fact he studied abroad, and took O-levels, not GCSEs, so this value is not comparable with other students). The asterisks show that he attempted all the work set, and after an uncertain start, achieved a standard consistently significantly above class average.

The "class average" line is based on the achievements over the years, and the levels shown are a reasonable assessment of the student's likely performance at A-level.

 


Bert Smith
                                        class average
                                               |
GCSE points                         *          |                       5.1
Hwk 10.9.99                            *       |                       18/40
Hwk 17.9.99                            *       |                       6/18
Hwk 24.9.99                               *    |                       15/29
Hwk 1.10.99                                    | *                     19/34
Hwk 8.10.99                                    *                       9/20
Hwk 15.10.99                                   |      *                14/20
November Test                               *  |                       21/50
Hwk 5.11.99         X                          |                       0/10
Hwk 12/11/99        X                          |                       0/20
Hwk 19.11.99                            *      |                       10/30
Miniproject                            *       |                       28/100
January test                         *         |                       19/47
Hwk 7.1.00                                   * |                       19/37
Hwk 14.1.00                        *           |                       5/20
Hwk 21.1.00                                    |*                      28/47
Hwk 28.1.00                              *     |                       19/48
Hwk 4.2.00                        *            |                       3/10
Hwk 11.2.00         X                          |                       0/21
March test                  *                  |                       5/39
Hwk 3.3.00                              *      |                       15/40
rep NOV 99                                  *  |                        C/D
rep MAR 00                            *        |                        D/E
Hwk 10.3                     *                 |                       2/12
Hwk 17.3.00                                *   |                       26/51
                    UUUUUUEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDCCCCCCBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAA

This represents an academically much weaker student, with only 5.1 GCSE points at the start of the course. He, however, has attempted almost all of the work (i.e. is probably working conscientiously), and much of it is at a standard comparable with, or higher than the GCSE level. The average achievement is around a D/E - justifying taking an A-level course, if not high-flying. He would be encouraged to try to maintain this standard, asking for help with specific pieces of work or when problems arose.

 


Joe Smith
                                        class average
                                               |
GCSE points                        *           |                       4.9
Hwk 10.9.99                            *       |                       18/40
Hwk 17.9.99                            *       |                       6/18
Hwk 24.9.99                   *                |                       7/29
Hwk 1.10.99                     *              |                       8/34
Hwk 8.10.99         X                          |                       0/20
Hwk 15.10.99        X                          |                       0/20
November Test                                  *                       24/50
Hwk 5.11.99                                *   |                       6/10
Hwk 12/11/99        X                          |                       0/20
Hwk 19.11.99        X                          |                       0/30
Miniproject                                    |*                      41/100
January test                           *       |                       21/47
Hwk 7.1.00                              *      |                       15/37
Hwk 14.1.00         X                          |                       0/20
Hwk 21.1.00                   *                |                       10/47
Hwk 28.1.00                        *           |                       13/48
Hwk 4.2.00          X                          |                       0/10
Hwk 11.2.00         X                          |                       0/21
March test                      *              |                       7/39
Hwk 3.3.00          X                          |                       0/40
rep NOV 99                                  *  |                        C/D
rep MAR 00                            *        |                        D/E
Hwk 10.3            X                          |                       0/12
Hwk 17.3.00         X                          |                       0/51
                    UUUUUUEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDCCCCCCBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAA

This student is not only weak, he is not attempting much of the work (X = work not submitted). Some work is significantly above the GCSE level (the positive point) and we would work with this student perhaps helping with time management as well as with problems with the subject matter. The objective would be to drag him up from a very borderline situation.

 


Tom Smith
                                        class average
                                               |
GCSE points                                    |                 *     7.8
Hwk 10.9.99                                    |*                      27/40
Hwk 17.9.99                                    |*                      9/18
Hwk 24.9.99                         *          |                       11/29
Hwk 1.10.99                                    | *                     19/34
Hwk 8.10.99                                    |        *              12/20
Hwk 15.10.99                                   *                       11/20
November Test                   *              |                       11/50
Hwk 5.11.99                                    |  *                    8/10
Hwk 12/11/99        X                          |                       0/20
Hwk 19.11.99                                *  |                       12/30
Miniproject                                    |          *            56/100
January test                  *                |                       18/47
Hwk 7.1.00                                     |       *               26/37
Hwk 14.1.00                     *              |                       4/20
Hwk 21.1.00                              *     |                       21/47
Hwk 28.1.00                                    |   *                   28/48
Hwk 4.2.00                                     |          *            8/10
Hwk 11.2.00               *                    |                       6/21
March test                                 *   |                       14/39
Hwk 3.3.00                                     |  *                    22/40
rep NOV 99                            *        |                        D/E
rep MAR 00                          *          |                        D/E
Hwk 10.3                                       |                    *  11/12
Hwk 17.3.00                                   *|                       30/51
                    UUUUUUEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDCCCCCCBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAA

This represents an intelligent student (high GCSE score) who is not working; he obtains a good mark when he is in the mood to work, or maybe when the topic interests him, but often does not put in the necessary time and effort. We would try to encourage him to become more consistent, but frequently little improvement would occur during the course. It would be likely that this student would perform quite well in the exams, exceeding the estimated grade based on his attitude to work.


Software for recording the marks and producing these printouts was developed some years ago, in fact on a BBC microcomputer. It was rewritten for an early PC using DOS Pascal, and later updated for use with windows. It has now been updated to run on the latest versions of MS Windows(R), and can be interfaced with spreadsheets if desired. Printed output is customisable.