I agree with you. Marking may show progress but does not mean these students will perform better in exams. The analysis on this rigorous method of formative marking is inconclusive on final grades. Focused marking is better based on a core of the curriculum to assess where students really are. Levels of marking should be planned in line with keys skills and knowledge in any curriculum. Everyone will have a viewpoint that differs and agrees. Progress should always be measured on breadth of knowledge, understanding, interpretation, expression and synthesis.