- Planning Diagnostic - Planning Diagnostics give a broad overview of how students are performing. We’d recommend giving a four- to eight-category Planning Diagnostic at the beginning of every school year or semester to get a general sense of strengths and weaknesses. Note that Planning Diagnostics do not produce a percentage grade; rather, they’ll group students into one of four performance bands.
- Unit Diagnostic - Unit Diagnostics allow for a more zoomed-in view of how students are doing on specific skills. A Unit Diagnostic can be given before the start of a teaching cycle to get a sense of what students already know and to figure out what areas might be challenging for students. Note that Unit Diagnostics are intended to be compared later to a Growth Quiz.
- Practice - Practice allows students to master skills at their own pace. Rather than assigning a specific number of questions, you’ll assign a set of skills to work on; students of different levels may require more or fewer questions to prove mastery. Generally, a single skill takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Note that students can practice on their own, too! Click here for information about how students can practice any topic on their own.
- New Quiz - New quizzes allow teachers to assess students on a specific skill or set of skills.
- Measure Growth - Growth Quizzes are created to match previous Quizzes or Unit Diagnostics, assessing the same concepts but using different questions. They are intended to give teachers a sense of students’ growth over time. These types of quizzes can be thought of as a summative assessment at the end of a learning cycle.
This graphic may help you get a sense of how we'd recommend using these assignment types throughout your school year:
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