Mixed Assessments

For Mixed assessments, only the teacher uses the computer. The student uses a paper form and answers questions aloud. The teacher sees instructions in addition to the form, and the teacher can start a timer, mark incorrect answers, mark the last item attempted, and enter notes.

It's a good idea to read through the instructions for the assessment before you begin these steps so that you don't need to do so at the beginning of the student assessment session.

Follow the steps below to administer a mixed assessment:

  1. If the cell for a student and measure has three dots and no score, this is the student's first assessment for this measure during this school year. Select the cell; then, select Start or Print Assessment. You can select the recommended screening measure or another measure.
  2. If the cell already shows a score, when you select the cell, you will see the student's past scores first. Select Start or Print Assessment in the popup window.

    If you want to administer Rapid Color Naming or Rapid Picture Naming, you must select Rapid Automatic Naming above the table to find and start assessments for those measures.

  3. The next page lets you choose the assessment format: Online, Mixed Format, or Print. Select Mixed Format.
  4. If you are administering a Passage Oral Reading assessment, check the grade level of the passage selected in the Passage Level drop-down list. If you need to assess the student on a different grade level, use the drop-down list to change it. (Benchmarks are only available for the student's designated grade level.)

    For Passage Oral Reading in grades 4 through 6, you'll also see an Extra Passage drop-down list. If you choose Yes, please! in this drop-down list, your student will get an additional passage (this one non-fiction) that is being tested for future inclusion in Star CBM Reading - two PDF files will be opened separately when you choose to view the PDF in step 3. Administrations of these passages help Renaissance evaluate their reliability and validity. Once you enter results, you will not see the score for the extra passage in Star CBM since the passage is still being evaluated.

  5. For most measures, select Print Student Form under the format choices; it is important to print each student's form because students are assigned different forms. Note: For Phoneme Segmentation, skip this step and go on to step 4; Phoneme Segmentation does not have a student form.
  6. Then, when the Materials Ready for Print message opens, select View PDF. Then, use the prompts in your browser to open the file for printing. Note: If you are printing forms for Rapid Color Naming or Rapid Picture Naming, use a color printer.

    If you do not administer the assessment right away after printing and you go back to the Star Record Book, you will see the words "In Progress" for the student and measure. Select In Progress when you're ready to administer the assessment. Then, select Start.

  7. Next, select Begin Assessment.
  8. Phoneme Segmentation, Rapid Color Naming, and Rapid Picture Naming require student practice before the assessment; see the instructions below. For other measures, go on to step 6.
  9. For Phoneme Segmentation, read the instructions, then select Begin Practice. Ask the student the practice questions. If the student has finished the practice successfully, select Continue to Full Assessment. (If you want to cancel instead, select Cancel Assessment in the top left corner.)

    For Rapid Color Naming and Rapid Picture Naming, you will be asked to have the student practice with the first five items on the form before you start; refer to the instructions and cancel the assessment if the student cannot pass the practice.

  10. Read the instructions for the assessment. Often there are instructions to read aloud to the student before the assessment. The instructions also include tips on how to prompt the student if necessary and when to mark items incorrect. When you're ready to continue, select Begin.
  11. After a 3-second countdown, the assessment will begin, and the timer at the top of the page will begin counting down.
  12. For most assessments, when the student answers or pronounces an item incorrectly, you click that item. The item will be shaded in red and will have a red X under it.

    For Receptive Nonsense Words, click the student's answer to each question. The software will mark the selected answer correct (green) or incorrect (red).

    If you need to pause briefly for any reason during the test, select Pause next to the timer or press the space bar.

    If you need to stop the assessment, select Cancel Assessment under the student name and measure name in the top left corner of the page.

    Have the student continue to answer the items until the time runs out. 5 seconds before time runs out, the time will turn red and a red border will flash around it. (If the student finishes all items before the time runs out, select Finish when the student is done.)

  13. When time runs out, you'll hear a bell. After this, you will be asked to click the last item the student attempted. Click on the item. Note: This is not necessary for Receptive Nonsense Words - the software assumes the last item you selected an answer for was the last item the student answered.
  14. After you select the item, you will see the assessment details, including the items you marked incorrect. If you want to change the items marked incorrect, select Edit (see Editing Scores). If you want to enter notes about the student's assessment session (error trends, observations, effort, etc.), enter them in the Notes field to the right. When you're done checking the information and entering notes, select Done.

    If you are administering Passage Oral Reading to a student in grade 4, 5, or 6, and you chose to administer an extra passage, you will see a Save and Continue button instead of Done. When you click Save and Continue, the second passage will begin; repeat the steps above to administer it.

  15. You will go back to the CBM Assessments tab in the Star Record Book. At first, you will see "Score Pending" with a refresh icon where the student's score will be.
  16. After a few minutes, the score will be available. You can select to refresh the view and to see if the score is available yet.

    When the score is available, you will see it in the Record Book.

    If you select the score, you can see the date the assessment was taken. The popup window shows you the scores and dates for the student's last four assessments for this measure during this school year. Select Details for an assessment to go back and see the items answered incorrectly, your notes, and the time taken for the assessment. Select the progress link at the bottom of the window to see a graph and table of all results for the student and measure in this school year.