DoodleAges are our way of measuring each child’s overall level of understanding.
We calculate a child's DoodleAge by looking at the point a child is in their programme in terms of the level of questions they are currently being asked. We then compare this to the average age of other children in our system who are at a similar point in their programme.
Within the Analyse section of the Parent Dashboard, you can measure your child’s progress by looking at changes to their DoodleAge over time. A blue bar indicates an increase in DoodleAge and this view also shows your child’s actual age (grey bar) as a comparison (the colour of the bar will vary depending on the subject).
When a child first starts using the app, all the questions they receive are designed to calibrate the work programme to their level. We call this baseline assessment.
When a child completes baseline assessment, they'll be given a DoodleAge, and the proportion of calibration questions will drop significantly.
Occasionally in these early stages or after using Doodle for a little time, it can be possible that either:
A child can have a bad day, in which case the DoodleAge can become a little too low
A child can receive help from a parent or input their details incorrectly, in which case the DoodleAge can become too high
My child's DoodleAge is too low
Where the DoodleAge is too low, we recommend you leave it (unless the work programme is excessively easy), as the app will calibrate up to the correct level quickly, without any loss of confidence to the child.
My child's DoodleAge is too high
If child can receives help from a parent or inputs their details incorrectly, the DoodleAge can become too high. If this happens, we recommend starting a new baseline assessment.
To put the account into baseline assessment mode through the app:
Log in to any of the Doodle programmes
From the Learning Zone, click on the arrow icon in the top left-hand corner and select Settings
Press on Work programme
Under Mode, press Recalibrate?
To put the account into baseline assessment mode through the Parent Dashboard:
Login to the Parent Dashboard
Hover over Analyse and select Understanding
Select your child's name down the left hand side and then click on the blue Start new baseline assessment button underneath
Note: If you have a school account, you will need to ask your child’s teacher to reassess the account.
My child's DoodleAge is lower than their real age – why is this?
Don’t be alarmed if your child has a DoodleAge lower than their actual age – statistically this is the case for half our users.
The most important thing is that the questions they're being asked are at just the right level for them, being challenging enough to ensure progress without being excessively difficult and leaving them demoralised.
Boosting each child's confidence in maths is key to ensuring continual progress and raising their ability in maths.
If you’d like to chat to our team about DoodleAges, please click on the chat bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.