Creating Australian curriculum benchmarks
All Australian curriculum (“AC”) tests follow the same grading scheme of A – E and typically the same benchmarking as well. Most schools want to configure those 5 grades as follows:
- E as 1 red dot
- D as 1 orange dot
- C as 1 blue dot
- B as 1 green dot
- A as 3 green dots
Configuring this from the default colour brackets in Scorelink is quite simple. Usually only one benchmark is created, to apply to all students, as the colour-coding scheme does not change from year to year (an A means excellent for a Year 3 student just as it does for a Year 4, 5, 6 or 7 student). Once you’ve created the single benchmark, go in to Edit mode and follow these steps:
- In the green bracket, change the lower value from A to B: this should now read “B to A”. This will automatically reshuffle the remaining values correctly into each of the other colours, producing the desired spread.
- For each of red, orange and blue, expand out the sub-brackets by clicking the More link, and make sure that the correct number of dots is selected. If you wish to change the selected dots (e.g. from 1 dot to 3 dots), click Activate in the desired row (e.g. 3 dots) and the grade will be moved to this sub-bracket.
- Expand the green bracket out by clicking More: you will see that both A and B are assigned to 1 green dot. Click Activate in the 3 dots row to split these two grades so that they are assigned to different sub-brackets.
- Click Save to save your changes; any exiting scores will be updated automatically.