A Custom Assessment is used to assess knowledge of particular skills, strands, and/or standards. It can be administered frequently to measure a small number of specific skills, or it can be used broadly to measure a larger number of skills. It can also be administered as a pre- and post-test to measure learning gains.
When creating the assessment, you can refine it by subject, grade, state standards or strand/skill. An individualized learning path (ILP) can be created for each student.
Note: If you plan to administer the same custom assessment more than once to document student growth, you must re-assign the same test instance.
Create a new Custom Assessment
1) After logging in, click on the Assessment tab.
2) Click on the button for Create New Assessment.
3) Click the option for which subject you'd like to use to create your custom assessment.
4) Select the grade level you'd like to use.
Note: You also have the option to enter any keywords to search for.
5) Click through the options listed to get down to the standards you want to include.
Note: By hovering over the standard, you can read the full standard description.
6) Click the + symbol to add skills to your assessment. After clicking the + symbol, you'll see the assessment objectives that you've added to the right.
Note: You can click Back to find more skills in other standards if you'd like. Also, you can click the Trash icon to remove a skill from your assessment objectives.
8) When you are ready, click Next.
9) Name the assessment; this is what the student will see.
10) Optional: Select an icon; click Change if you want to use a different icon.
11) Enter a description. The student doesn't see this, but it can help you if you need to remember what you created.
12) Choose your Assessment Characteristics. You have the option to change the percentage of what you consider 'Mastered", as well as choose the length of the assessment.
13) The assessment is set to automatically create an ILP for each student, as noted by the check in the Create ILP box. If you just want this assessment to only assess student knowledge, then uncheck the Create ILP box.
14) If you need to rearrange any of the objectives, you can drag and drop them in any order you wish. Also, you can click the trash icon to remove an objective.
15) Add Message: You can type out a message that your students will see before they take the assessment. This might include special instructions.
16) Add Resources: If you'd like for your students to have access to any additional resources, you can add them by clicking the Add Resources between.
17) If you need to rearrange any of the objectives, you can drag and drop them in any order you wish. Also, you can click the trash icon to remove an objective.
18) When you are ready, click Create in the bottom right-hand corner.
Once you have created and saved the Custom Assessment you must assign it to your student(s) or your class. More information on how to Assign an Assessment is available in the Resource Center.