What is an attainment level?

We use attainment levels to describe the difficulty and complexity of each objective in Sparx. 

If an attainment level is set for a class:

  • Sparx will use this to help set the difficulty of homework for new students in their first few weeks
  • Sparx will use this to set the default level of lesson objectives in Sparx Lessons if they are being used

To change the attainment level for a class:

  1. Go to Class Manager
  2. Click on the orange pencil icon next to a particular class
  3. Adjust the Attainment level using the dropdown menu
  4. Click Save, to save your changes.

You can also set the homework difficulty level for an individual student. Find out how to do this in the following article: How to adjust the homework difficulty level for a student

 

Use the following descriptors to help you choose the best level for your classes:

Key Stage 3

1. This level should be suitable for students who need a significant amount of extra support.

2. This level should be suitable for students who need some extra support.

3. This level should be suitable for students who meet the expected standards for their age.

4. This level should be suitable for students who need more challenging material.

GCSE

This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Foundation tier paper who need extra support.

1. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Foundation tier paper.

2. This level should be suitable for students on the borderline between the Foundation and Higher tier papers.

3. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Higher tier paper.

4. This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Higher tier paper who are aiming for the highest grades.

OxfordAQA International GCSE

1. This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Core tier paper who need extra support.

2. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Core tier paper.

3. This level should be suitable for students on the borderline between the Core and Extension tier papers.

4. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Extension tier paper.

5. This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Extension tier paper who are aiming for the highest grades.

Cambridge IGCSE

1. This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Core tier paper who need extra support.

2. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Core tier paper.

3. This level should be suitable for students on the borderline between the Core and Extended tier papers.

4. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Extended tier paper.

5. This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Extended tier paper who are aiming for the highest grades.

Edexcel International GCSE A

1. This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Foundation tier paper who need extra support.

2. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Foundation tier paper.

3. This level should be suitable for students on the borderline between the Foundation and Higher tier papers.

4. This level should be suitable for most students expected to take the Higher tier paper.

5. This level should be suitable for students expected to take the Higher tier paper who are aiming for the highest grades.

Edexcel International GCSE B

1. For certain topics content is available at this level for students who require a lot of extra support to access the course.

2. For certain topics content is available at this level for students who require some extra support to access the course.

3. This level should be suitable for the lowest attaining students taking this course.

4. This level should be suitable for middle attaining students taking this course.

5. This level should be suitable for the highest attaining students taking this course.

 

Find out more about where attainment levels are used in the following articles:

How to create a new class

Sparx Maths homework schools:

How is the level of the first homework for students set in Sparx?

Sparx Maths Classroom and homework schools:

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