Mark schemes: Book Bands
Where to start?
We understand that many schools are using different programmes to track reading from Nursery to Year 6. A variety of these reading programmes are created from a commercial provider, for example: Read Write Inc, Collins Book Bands and AR Reading, however, you may have your own 'bespoke' book band assessment. For these assessments, we recommend using a more flexible and customisable mark scheme: Steps.
Setting up a Steps mark scheme for your school or Trust
Once you've decided as a school or Trust how you would like to assess 'Book Bands', please get in contact with our friendly support team on 020 3393 4005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then discuss step names/evaluations to get you up and running - usually within a few days but more often than not, on the same day!
Let's take a look at an example: Colour Bands.
We've set up the colour steps from highest (Free Reader) to lowest (Red) and included evaluations for each term.
We understand that over a period of time, Steps may need amending or perhaps you require an additional step - please just contact us to make these changes for you.
The mark scheme is ready to go - now it needs to be associated with an assessment type! We can happily do this for you and will ask you to advise us on the: Assessment Name (Reading Bands) and Subjects (Reading).
A user can select the new assessment by clicking Enter Data > School Assessments to start inputting their assessment:
Once the Mark Sheet has been saved, the assessment can be viewed on Cohort Reports and a Pupil Profile page.
For example, here's an Attainment Overview Report:
We do hope this help guide has been useful, however if you're looking to discuss further please contact the Support Team.