Key features of Evoke

Record & Analyse assessments for …
  • All primary schools.
  • Up to 6 subjects.
  • Up to 5 classes in each year group.
  • Up to 8 ‘sets/groups’ in each subject/year group.
  • Up to 12 pupil groupings e.g. EAL, SEN etc.
  • Intervention groups.
  • Performance management.
Assess children …
  • Termly or half-termly, plus an optional baseline and final end of year assessment.
  • Using 3, 4, or 5 customisable ‘Performance Descriptor’ bands.
  • Use P-Scales or customisable codes for low-attaining pupils.
  • Record effort on a scale of 1-5 for each subject.
  • Comprehensive ...

As Evoke is based on Microsoft Excel, data input is simple, fast & flexible …

  • Copy & Paste from any spreadsheet or word document.
  • Paste from a SIMS report.
  • Simple recording table for whole class, using just 2 keystrokes per assessment.
  • No need to ‘pick’ pupils or to change screen after every input.

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Evoke is fully compatible with the DfE’s Draft Performance Descriptors …
  • 5 bands for Key Stage 2
    • Mastery
    • Above
    • National Standard
    • Working Towards
    • Below
  • 4 bands for Key Stage 1
    • Mastery
    • National Standard
    • Working Towards
    • Below
  • Low-Attaining Pupils
    • P-Scales
    • Code system to bridge the gap between ‘Below’ and the P-Scales.
But you don’t have to use it that way …
  • Choose whether to assess to 3, 4 or 5 bands for individual subjects and/or year groups.
  • Use your own wording for each band.
  • Make the wording different for each subject if you need to.
  • Adapts ...

We haven’t tried to create a ‘one stop’ solution. We’re teachers ourselves and know that the best assessment comes from a range of sources …

There’s an ever growing selection of tests available for the new National Curriculum (Rising Stars, Pearson/Abacus, Test Base, GL Assessment etc), or you may already have your own bespoke ones in place.

Now there are only 20-30 curriculum objectives for each subject/year group, many schools are starting to assess on a ‘number of targets met’ basis. These objectives can fit nicely on a single sheet tucked inside a child’s book. Caution is needed though as not all targets are equal!

The DfE recently said that they trust professional judgement and that there’s no substitute for ‘knowing’ the child. The difference between ‘Met’ and ‘Greater Depth’ could become apparent from looking in a child’s book or via a discussion.

During this transition period there’s also a place for levelling. It can give a baseline and might aid moderation etc.

Evoke gives you options for recording …
  • Use open format text e.g. record a level for writing or a ‘gut feeling’ based on the child’s book work etc.
  • Numerical data …
    • Record one or two values per assessment e.g. test results, number of targets met etc.
    • If two, have them averaged or totalled.
    • Set boundaries to trigger suggested assessments e.g  7 marks for ‘Working Towards’.
    • Teacher Assessment. Your assessment, with or without the above information for support.
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There’s nothing worse than entering your data and waiting a few weeks for ‘someone’ to analyse it and turn it into information that you can use. If you’re that ‘someone’ … wouldn’t you love it to be automated!

The information has to be fast, accurate and comprehensive if you’re going to set up effective interventions and adjust next half-term’s planning to fill the gaps.

Evoke ensures that you, the class teacher, get the information the instant you’ve entered the last assessment. No more surprises. You can be the one taking the initiative on the way forward …

Progress Summary

The Progress Summary Report is by subject, and can be produced for individual classes, year groups or for the whole school …

The mini ‘Trend’ charts give a quick overview of progress in each area.

‘Mean PD(1 to 4)’ calculates a mean score for the class or year group by assigning 1 to the lowest performance band, and in this case, 4 to the highest. The cell is then coloured to match the closest band, giving an indication of how the class or year group is progressing as a whole.

  • Progress Summary Report
Group Summary

The Group Summary Report is by subject, and can be produced for individual classes, year groups or for the whole school …

The mini ‘Trend’ charts give a quick overview of progress for each pupil group.

‘Intervention Group(s)’ are monitored separately for comparison.

  • Group Summary Report
Year Group Summary

The Year Group Summary Report is produced by subject, and shows the relative performance of classes (a similar ‘Overall Summary’ report shows the relative performance of each year group)…

The mini ‘Trend’ charts give a quick overview of progress for each class.

‘Mean PD(1 to 4)’ calculates a mean score for the year group by assigning 1 to the lowest performance band, and in this case, 4 to the highest. The cell is then coloured to match the closest band, giving an indication of how the year group is progressing as a whole.

‘Intervention Group(s)’ are monitored separately for comparison.

  • Year Group Summary
Set/Group Summary

The Set/Group Summary Report is produced by subject. A summary of all sets/groups is shown first, followed by the detail for each set/group …

Mini ‘Trend’ charts give quick overviews throughout.

‘Mean PD(1 to 4)’ calculates a mean score by assigning 1 to the lowest performance band, and in this case, 4 to the highest. The cell is then coloured to match the closest band, giving an indication of progression for the overall year group and individual sets.

‘Intervention Group(s)’ are monitored separately for comparison.

  • Set/Group Summary
Class Sheet Summary

The Class Sheet Summary is produced as a summary for maths, reading and writing for each pupil. It shows how many subjects the pupil is performing at ‘National Standard’ or above in, and indicates which subjects this standard has not been achieved in …

Mini ‘Trend’ charts give an overview of progress for each pupil.

‘Average Effort’ calculates the average of the ‘Effort’ recorded in the 3 individual subjects.

  • Class Sheet Summary
Floor Target Summary

The Floor Target Summary shows how each class, and overall year group, are performing against adjustable floor targets for maths, reading and writing. The report displays the percentage of children who have achieved ‘National Standard’ or above …

Targets can be set individually for each subject, as well as a ‘combined’ one to show overall performance.

A similar report shows how each year group, and the overall school, are performing against adjustable floor targets.

  • Floor Target Table
  • Floor Target Graphs
Individual Pupil Report

The Individual Pupil Report gives an overall summary that can be shared with parents/carers …

Flexible report settings enable you to decide on the information that gets shared (without affecting overall system settings) …

  • Show termly or half termly assessments.
  • Show or hide each subject.
  • Show or hide ‘effort’, using your own text to describe each band.
  • Show or hide low attainment bands.
  • Override the ‘Performance Descriptor’ text to be more parent friendly.

The school logo is added to the top of the sheet when printing.

  • Individual Pupil Report
As well as being able to tailor Evoke to meet your assessment needs, you can customise the way Evoke looks …

  • Choose from 9 different colour schemes.
  • Upload your school logo to appear as a header on all prints.
  • Colour schemes ...
  • School logo ...
Evoke’s Pupil Report provides an individual summary that can be shared with parents/carers …

Flexible report settings enable you to decide on the information that gets shared (without affecting overall system settings) …

  • Show termly or half termly assessments.
  • Show or hide each subject.
  • Show or hide ‘effort’, using your own text to describe each band.
  • Show or hide low attainment bands.
  • Override the ‘Performance Descriptor’ text to be more parent friendly.

The school logo is added to the top of the sheet when printing.

  • Individual Pupil Report
Evoke monitors performance in a range of different ways, giving you the flexibility to set specific targets and/or maintain an overview …

You can set parameters to automatically measure against a baseline in each subject as follows …

  • Percentage of children at ‘National Standard’ or above by year group, class, set, intervention group, pupil grouping etc.
  • Percentage of children above ‘National Standard’ by year group, class, set, intervention group, pupil grouping etc.
  • Mean ‘Performance Descriptor’ by year group, class, or set.
  • Gap Closure (using standard deviation) by year group, class or set.

Simple colour coding is used throughout to indicate performance within bands that can be described and adjusted to your requirements.

Performance in maths, reading and writing can also be measured against individual and combined ‘floor targets’ …

  • Class Sheet Summary
  • Floor Target Table
  • Floor Target Graphs
Evoke measures the ‘gap’ in each subject by year group, class or set using standard deviation. ‘Gap closure’ is measured against the respective baselines and can be targeted for performance management using editable parameters …

  • Closing the gap ...
Performance in maths, reading and writing can be measured against individual and combined ‘floor targets’ …

  • Class Sheet Summary
  • Floor Target Table
  • Floor Target Graphs
Evoke has been developed and extensively tested in two West Sussex Primary schools by teachers using live data. Development started in July ’14, with initial testing commencing in October. Ongoing development and user feedback resulted in a range of enhancements and improvements being made during the Spring, before the first full release was made in Summer 2015.

The ‘application’ facilities in Microsoft Excel have been used to build a menu system and to deliver the robustness required to ensure that Evoke feels and behaves like bespoke software. All data entry is fully validated and you can’t overwrite or delete anything that you shouldn’t! Excel’s underlying simplicity and ease of use remain in place to ensure that there’s no ‘steep learning curve’ or need for training.

Setup is as easy as downloading a file and putting it on your school network. There’s no need to set up logons or any need for systems administration.

Businesses the world over use Microsoft Excel to deliver high quality applications in exactly the same way.

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