EasyTech Curriculum

Anatomy of a Skills Check

EasyTech Skills Check is an assessment tool that includes a pre-test to provide teachers with a benchmark understanding of what students know prior to starting a unit of instruction; and a post-test to show growth.

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Skills Check tests are easy for educators to administer and fast for students to complete (approximately 10-15 minutes).  They provide teachers with ways to address student skill gaps without prescribing or forcing students to take specific curriculum items. Teachers can immediately see and compare scores on a dashboard that shows class and individual student data. Both pre-tests and post-tests are automatically graded.

Teachers should assign the appropriate Skills Check pre-test prior to starting a unit of instruction.

Once the class completes the pre-test, teachers may review their Assessment Dashboard and pre-test report to analyze student results and identify skill gaps. Based on how students perform, teachers can assign EasyTech curriculum to address those skill gaps.

At the end of the unit of instruction, students should take the post-test so teachers can measure student growth.

Assigning Skills Checks

Each set of Skills Check tests come with a pre-test and corresponding post-test for Learning.com’s digital literacy essentials and for grade levels 3, 4, 5, and middle school.

Skills Check tests are included with EasyTech. They can be found within grade level sequences with a suggested sequential order of curriculum listed between the pre- and post-test. Teachers can also search the Library or Catalog by standard or concept area and find Skills Checks in the results.

Pre-tests can be found by their rocket ship icon, while post-tests have a checkmark icon.

 

The Student Experience

The Skills Check tests are designed to feel more like an activity than a test. They include interactive questions and visual elements to keep students engaged, including questions that ask students to show how they would complete a task.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade tests were written at or near the 3rd grade Flesch-Kincaid reading level and the middle school tests were written at or near the 6th grade Flesch-Kincaid reading level to help ensure that students of varied reading levels can understand what the questions ask.

Students have unlimited time to finish a Skills Check test and their progress will be saved if they exit before finishing. Each test should take approximately  10-15 minutes to complete. Completed test questions are underlined in blue on the bottom banner and on the review screen.

 

 

Students can review their answers at any time and will be prompted to review before turning in their test. All questions must be answered before students can turn in their work. If any questions have been left blank, a window will appear asking students to return to those questions.

 

Completed tests that have been successfully submitted will result in a positive message.

If Skills Check tests is assigned in a ‘Forced’ sequence class, students need to complete the test before moving on to the next assignment in their class list.

Students do not need to meet or exceed any minimum passing score in order to move on; any score will allow the student to move forward in their lessons. For example: If a teacher sets the class minimum passing score to 80% in a ‘Forced’ sequence class and a student earns 75%, the student can take the next lesson in their assignment list.

Like all curriculum in the Learning.com platform, Skills Check tests can only be assigned to each class once. However, students can take the same Skills Check test in more than one class or group. If a teacher assigns a Skills Check test in a new class, they can have students repeat the test, or they can import the scores from a previous class.

 

The Assessment Dashboard

Student scores appear directly in a teacher’s gradebook  as a percentage, and are also available with additional detail on the Assessment Dashboard. To access the dashboard, navigate to a class gradebook and select a Skills Check from the list of assignments.  Next, select ‘View’ to open the dashboard.

 

Use the Assessment dropdown menu to navigate between any Skills Checks you’ve assigned to that class. Note that if your school or district purchases the Digital Literacy Assessment (DLA) you’ll be able to access those scores from this same dashboard.

The dashboard shows students’ overall scores along with their performance on each Learning.com Digital Literacy Skill standard. Hover over the blue information icon to see the full standard.

Selecting a student’s name will allow you to see how a student answered each question on the test. Select ‘Reopen‘ to allow a student to access the test again. They will not start the test over, but they will be able to return to their test and edit their answers. Reopening a test will remove that student’s scores from the gradebook and dashboard.

Select ‘Student Preview’ from the options at the top to take the Skills Check yourself and experience it just like a student. (Don’t worry, your score won’t be recorded!)

 

Select ‘Reports’ to view and download class-level reports.  Teachers can search by DLS standards in the Learning.com Library to find curriculum that addresses the identified skill gaps. Teachers can also use the grade-level sequences in the Library, Catalog, or Pacing Guides to find corresponding curriculum to each Skills Check.

Class-level pre-and post-test progress reports will be available in Fall 2019 if the class has completed both tests.

School and District Coordinators will also have access to Skills Check scores through their Coordinator Page by selecting ‘Assessment Dashboard.’ School and district reports will be available during the 2019-20 school year.

Finally, select ‘Pacing Guide’ to see Learning.com’s recommended pacing guides. These are especially useful for deciding what content to assign after a Skills Check pre-test.

Assigning curriculum based on standards:

The dashboard shows students’ overall scores along with their performance on each Learning.com Digital Literacy Skill standard. Hover over the blue information icon to see the full standard.

In this example, the student scored low the question(s) covered by Digital Literacy Standard DLS.CF.2. This information can be used to search the Library for curriculum that can be used to supplement this gap identified for the individual student.

While in the Library from your teacher page, select the EasyTech by Digital Skill tile and then click ‘Find by Standard’:

 

The DLS standards identified in the Skills Check report dashboard correlate to the Learning.com Digital Literacy Standards. Click this link to begin your search within that standard field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navigate the menus that open by selecting Technology Education, the appropriate grade level and the DLS sub-standard that corresponds to the standard identified in the Skills Check dashboard. For this example, DLS.CF:

Once the sub-category has been selected in the standard, select the number that was identified as a skill gap from the students Skills Check report:

 

 

Once the specific standard has been selected, click “Search” to see all curriculum that can be assigned to supplement the skill gap identified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are Skills Checks different from other pre-tests and quizzes available in EasyTech?

Because Skills Checks are meant to bookend curriculum units at the start and end, quizzes can be used to gauge understanding as curriculum is being completed. The Skills Checks will allow teachers to see overall student growth, but quizzes can serve as touchpoints to make sure concepts are being absorbed before the post-test is given.

EasyTech also includes Online Assessment Prep pre- and post-tests. These are designed to gauge how prepared students are to complete computer-based tests and the pre-tests will automatically prescribe curriculum based on student performance. See the chart below for a full comparison.

Skills CheckOnline Assessment Prep Tests
Designed to bookend a curriculum unitDesigned to be assigned prior to students taking online assessments, and with enough time to complete prescribed lessons
Evaluate students’ skills and identify gaps in knowledge and skillsPrepare students to take online assessments
Non-prescriptive, although guidance is provided to address skill gapsAutomatically prescribes curriculum to address skill gaps
Reporting shows how students performed individually and on a pre/post progress reportReporting is not available

Video: Anatomy of a Skills Check