Unit Diagnostics are baseline assessments to help you track student growth over the course of the unit. These assessments are structured like a quiz; you can select specific skills to assess and students will receive a percentage grade upon completion.
A Unit Diagnostic is also the first step in building a writing and grammar skills unit cycle in NoRedInk. At the end of a unit, you can create a Growth Quiz and compare it to your Unit Diagnostic results to see how your students grew.
- NoRedInk automatically saves students' progress on Unit Diagnostics as students work. Once a student submits an answer, the answer is saved before they see the next question.
- As long the assignment is not past due or allows late work, they will continue to have access to the assignment on their Home page.
We recommend giving a Unit Diagnostic at the start of each unit of study.
To create a Unit Diagnostic, follow these steps:
- Head to our Assignment Library by selecting "Browse and Assign"at the top of your screen and then choose "Assessment."
- Select the Unit Diagnostic activity.
- Choose a category to browse writing and grammar topics.
You can use the search bar to look for specific topics or filter topics by recommended grade level.
- Select the topics that you want to include in the assignment. Tap "Assign Unit Diagnostic" when you're done.
- You can check the number of topics and associated questions at the bottom of the page. Adjusting the number of questions will adjust the estimated time the assignment will take for students to complete.
We recommend choosing topics within a single skill area (Pathway) to keep your students and their data focused.
- On the final page, you'll be able to choose the following:
- Which class(es) you want to receive the assignment
- Set a start and due date
- Create a name for the assignment
Expand the drop-down "Choose Students" to view student names. You can either assign to the whole class by checking the box next to your class name, or select individual student names from the class list.
- When you're finished, select "Assign."
Once you create an assignment, you will be able to add new students that join your class to existing assignments but won't be able to unselect students that have already been assigned.
Ready to assign? Let's create a Unit Diagnostic!