This article will explain the key differences between NoRedInk Planning Diagnostics and Unit Diagnostics so that you understand how and when to use each diagnostic activity.
Image: Example of a Planning Diagnostic's Class Performance tab (in Assignment Results)
Planning Diagnostics are intended to help you create a long-term plan for your class. The question you're trying to answer is, "Where should I begin?"
Planning Diagnostics are adaptive assessments that gather broad-strokes data about your students' strengths and weaknesses. At the end of a Planning Diagnostic, students will be grouped into performance bands, but not given a percentage grade.
We recommend giving a four- to six-category Planning Diagnostic at the start of each school year, semester, or quarter. Learn more about Planning Diagnostics here.
Image: Example of Unit Diagnostic's Class Performance tab (in Assignment Results)
Unit Diagnostics are targeted pre-assessments intended to give you a sense of what your kids know at the start of a unit. The question you are trying to answer is "What's the baseline for these students at the beginning of this unit?"
We recommend giving a unit diagnostic at the start of each unit of study. You'll then be able to track student growth by giving an analogous Growth Quiz at the end of the unit. Learn more about Unit Diagnostics here.