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Configuring the EYFS summative assessment options for your setting

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In this tutorial we're going to look at the different summative assessments options that are available on Tapestry so you can set up the Snapshots for how you want to use them in your setting.

To find these options, you first need to go to your control panel by clicking on your name and then 'Control Panel' in the top right hand corner:

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You'll then need to click on 'Settings' to get a list of further options and from there select 'Summative Assessments'. 

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That will open a page that gives you several options, which we will see in more detail below.

You will need to go through each of these options to make sure they're set up in the best way for you.

The General option is about which observations are included in the score calculated for each child in their snapshots.

To get this score we average out the age band and refinements that have been made for a child in a particular aspect during the period but this option allows you to choose whether you want us to include only the published observations (in which case the tick box should be unticked), or the assessments made in unapproved observations too (in which case the tick box should be ticked). If you change the choice that has been made there, remember to press submit.

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You can check the changes history of this setting by clicking on 'view history'.

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The Assessment Periods section on this page is for your term dates. You can change these to match up with your actual term dates by clicking on the 'Change Assessment Periods' button. Please see this tutorial for in-depth instructions for that.

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You can also view the event log for this feature by clicking on 'view history'.

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Next you can configure specific options for the EYFS and P Scales assessment frameworks.

For EYFS, the first option is about whether or not you would like to include refinements in the snapshots. As a default, this option is set to include refinements. We recommend that you keep this option ticked because they will enable you to see the progress your children are making at a more in-depth level - a child may well stay in the same age band for several terms, so if when they joined you they were only just in the age band, and 8 months later they were still in it, but really securely, even though you know they've improved, the data suggests that they've stayed the same.

The second option lets you decide whether you would like the colour coding in the snapshots to be based on the age band as a whole (in which case you would want it to be unticked), or if you would like it to account for refinements or not. This tutorial explains the difference in how that would then be calculated.

When first starting up Tapestry the default option selected for this calculation uses Age bands and refinements.

The drop down list option is about how you want summative assessments to be calculated. This is what you can choose from:

- Age bands only. Tapestry chooses the average (mean) age band from the assessments (made as part of your observations) for each aspect.
- Age bands and refinements. Tapestry chooses the average (mean) age band and refinement using the age bands and refinements from the assessments (made as part of your observations) for each aspect. We do this by converting each combination of age band and refinement into a linear scale (0-11 E = 1, 0-11 D = 2, 0-11 S = 3, 8-20 E = 4 etc.), averaging that and then converting it back into an age band and refinement. For assessments that don't have a refinement, we use 'Developing'.
- Age bands and statements. For each assessment (made as part of your observations), Tapestry turns the number of statements ticked into a refinement. Less than 1/3 of statements ticked is Emerging, 1/3 to 2/3 is Developing, and 2/3 to all is Secure. We then average these out using the Age bands and refinements method.
- Age bands, refinements, and statements. For each assessment (made as part of your observations), if there is no refinement, Tapestry creates one from the statements using the Age bands and statements method. We then average these out using the Age bands and refinements method.

 

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There are also a number of options for your P Scales settings.

The first option is a tick box asking whether you would like the snapshots to include just the level, or also the percentage of descriptors that have been ticked.

The second option asks how you would like the snapshot scores to be calculated.

The third option asks when you would like Tapestry to consider a level achieved in terms of the percentage of descriptors ticked.

If you change any of these from the default, just remember to press submit when you're ready for the changes to take place.

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The Key Stage 1 - Year 1 setting gives you the option to either show (box ticked) or hide (box unticked) a child's EYFSP score when viewing or changing their MAP to help you choose accordingly.

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You can change the P Scales, EYFS, KS1 - Year 1 and General options at any point to see how the results you get in the snapshots section differ, and then change them back without losing any data. However, if you change the dates of the assessment periods then you will lose any manually overridden snapshots, so if you have started manually changing snapshot data, we strongly advise you to wait to change your period dates until a new cohort start with you.

 

That's it for the Summative Assessment options, but you might also want to take a look at the Analysis options which you can find in this tutorial here
 

Go back to Main Tutorials Page

 

 

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