A Custom Assessment is used to assess knowledge of particular skills, strands and/or standards. It can be administered frequently and is used to measure a small number of very specific skills or used broadly to measure a full nine-week period. 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, and/or state standard. An Individualized Learning Path (ILP) can be created for each student or the test can simply be used to assess knowledge.
Student Progress Report
The Student Progress Report is used to view student results on a Custom Assessment. From its results, you can monitor student progress and view the impact of an ILP against weakness.
Generating the Report
1. Navigate to the Reports tab then click Assessment in the menu options on the left.
2. Scroll to find Custom Assessment Results: Student Progress Report then click create.
3. Select which students you would like to generate this report for using the following filters:
School - If you have permissions at multiple schools, select which school you would like to run this report for.
Classes - All Classes is automatically selected. Use the dropdown to select your class(es); or,
Selected Students - click this to pick specific students for this report.
Custom Groups - All Custom Groups is automatically selected. Use the dropdown to select a specific Custom Group(s); or,
Choose Demographics - select specific grade levels, genders, races, and other characteristics of students you would like included in the report. Click Apply.
4. Choose your Report Options:
Give your report a name
Choose to Summarize By Individual Student
Select the Custom Assessment to report on
Check the box to View Detail if desired - this will generate the summary page, as well as student results and ILP data by strand.
Select your Date Range
5. Review your selections and click create.
6. A preview of your report will appear! Click CSV in the top right to download the report as a CSV file; click the down arrow to download the report as a PDF, click the printer icon to print the report, or click the back arrow on the left to return to the settings if changes needed to be made.
What to Look For
As you read the report, notice the following items:
For failing scores, notice the amount of time the student spent taking the assessment. How does this compare to the other students? Is the amount of time adequate?
In the heading of the Student Results by Strand page of the report, you can see the grade level of the student as well as the grade level of the skills that were assessed.
Has the student taken this assessment more than once? If so, did the student show growth?
How did the student perform on his/her ILP? Did the student get enough time-on-task in Classworks to complete his/her ILP? Are there any units that the student did not master? If so, you may want to generate an Assignment Results report to view additional details. (Click here for information about the Assignment Results Report).
Have you conferenced with the student to discuss his/her scores both on the assessment as well as on the ILP?
Example: Summary of Student Results
Example: Student Results by Strand
Example: Results by Strand (%) and Classworks ILP Data
You can export the results of a custom assessment into a spreadsheet. This option allows you to export the results for multiple classes, teachers and/or schools. For example, a principal or district-level person may want the results of a common assessment that has been shared school or district wide. Users can manipulate the data as needed.
You can export the Custom assessment data into a .csv (i.e. spreadsheet) file.
The file contains the following data:
School, Teacher, and Class name
Date Student completed the assessment
Set Mastery Level of Assessment
Strand % by Grade Level
The export will display all students selected to report on. This will include students who have completed the assessment as well as those who still have the assessment assigned or skipped.
Note: Students who have not taken the assessment will not have a date completed or a score listed.
What Actions to Take:
Score or Time-on-Task is low or the assessment appears randomly answered
Discuss with student
Reassign the assessment if needed
Observe student actions during assessment
Determine if the assessment is on the right level for the student. If not, consider assigning a different assessment.
Student scores very high on the assessment
Check to see if the student received an ILP (if applicable). If not, you may need to assign the student additional work.
Assign a different assessment that is either on a higher level or that assesses different skills.
Reassign an Assessment
Based on the If/Then chart above, one of the actions you may take if the score or time-on-task is low or the assessment appears randomly answered is to reassign the assessment.
To reassign the assessment to an individual student, follow the steps in the help article here.