The set up of the goals progressions feature is customised by each school. School leadership teams choose the way goals are levelled, the milestones for when data is recorded and the expected level for each milestone.
The following article has been written to assist teachers with understanding how a goals progressions Best fit level is generated by LINC-ED and how these can be overridden if required.
Best fit levels are designed to give teachers an indication of the level a student is working on based on a calculation. Best fit levels are only a guide and require teachers to verify and amend these based on their knowledge of the student.
How are the best fit levels calculated?
a) LINC-ED calculates which level the student has the most current goals set (buff coloured).
b) Within the level, the software counts how many completed goals the student has.
c) The count is converted into a percentage. Depending on the number of sub levels the school has in their Levels/expectations overview the best fit is recorded.
e.g. Three sub levels
0-33% = 2B or Early level 2
34-66% = 2P or Mid level 2
67-100% = 2A or End level 2
or Two sub levels
0-50% = Early level 2
51-100% = End level 2
d) The Above, At, Below, Well Below indicator is calculated by the software based on the student's current milestone and the school's expectations for this.
To override a best fit level
Data needs to be entered manually. This can be done by navigating to the student's Assessment Overview> Curriculum> Edit this data> move the slider. To change the subject, select from the subject buttons at the top.
What to do if a best fit level is missing
The school may have adjusted the Levels/expectations after teachers set goals. Goals generate a point in time best fit so will not generate this retrospectively. In this scenario teachers need to either
a. Set one goal as 'Current' for the student to generate a best fit level OR
b. Navigate to the student's Assessment Overview to see if data is missing from the curriculum area of the table. Add the level by clicking Edit this data and moving the slider.