For Print assessments, both the teacher and the student are using printed forms. The teacher marks incorrect answers and the last item attempted, and writes notes on the teacher form. The student uses the form to answer questions verbally. After the assessment, the teacher enters the scores in the software.
It's a good idea to read through the instructions for the assessment on the teacher form before you begin these steps so that you don't need to do so at the beginning of the assessment.
Follow the steps below to administer a printed assessment:
- If the cell for a student and measure has three dots and no score, this is the student's first assessment on the measure in this school year. Select the cell; then, select Start or Print Assessment. You can select the recommended screening measure or another measure.
If the cell already shows a score, when you select the cell, you will see the student's past scores from this school year. Select Start or Print Assessment in the popup window.
- The next page lets you choose the assessment format: Online, Mixed Format, or Print. Select Print.
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.
- Next, select Print Forms under the format choices to print the teacher and student forms; it is important to print the teacher and student forms for each student because students are assigned different forms. Note: For Phoneme Segmentation, only the teacher form prints because Phoneme Segmentation does not have a student form.
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.
You will go back to the Star Record Book, where you will see the words "Enter Scores" for the student and measure.
- For Phoneme Segmentation, Rapid Color Naming, and Rapid Picture Naming, note the practice questions that are in the instructions on the teacher form. Have the student try the practice before starting the actual assessment.
- Have a timer ready for the assessment. When you are ready to administer it, start the timer and administer the assessment to the student using the paper forms. Stop the assessment after 60 seconds (or 90 seconds for Rapid Color Naming only) if the student has not answered all questions. If the student answers all questions before time runs out, note the time. (Accurate times are important for accurate scores.) Be careful to mark each error the student made and make any notes you would like to record.
- After the assessment, select Enter Scores for the student and measure. Then, select Enter Scores again in the popup window.
- The scoring page will open. First, check the date to the left. By default, today's date will be shown. If you administered the assessment before today, select next to the date field and select the date when you administered the assessment.
- Next, enter the time the assessment took. In most cases, unless the student answered all questions before time ran out, the time will be the default - 60 seconds (90 seconds for Rapid Color Naming only). Be careful to note the time accurately; incorrect times (especially very low times) will cause inaccurate scores.
- For most assessments, click any items that the student answered incorrectly. The item will be shaded in red and will have a red X under it.
Enter any notes that you have about the student's performance in the Notes field at the top of the page (error trends, observations, effort, etc.).
For Receptive Nonsense Words only, click the student's answer to each question. The software will mark the answer correct or incorrect.
- After entering the date, time, and notes and marking or entering answers, select Next.
- For most assessments (except Receptive Nonsense Words), you will be asked to click the last item the student attempted. Click the item.
- Verify the information you have entered. When you're done, select Save at the top of the page.
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 Save. When you click Save and Continue, you can enter the scoring information for the second passage as described above.
- 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.
After a few minutes, the score will be available. You can select to refresh the view 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.