A big advantage of ThinkCERCA includes the ability to differentiate instruction quickly by auto-assigning lessons to students based on their readiness level. For this feature to work effectively, teachers need to assign the appropriate reading levels to students. While you can assign ThinkCERCA's Leveling Assessment to help you assess student readiness levels, many schools prefer to leverage their NWEA data (RIT scores) to make this judgement.
RIT score is a quantitative measure of student achievement and readiness as assessed by the NWEA Map Test. RIT scores in reading indicate a student's readiness to comprehend and work with texts of varying complexity. ThinkCERCA uses a variety of qualitative and quantitative measures to level texts. Our leveling scheme aligns with the RIT bands below.
- Use Beginning of Year RIT Norms to help set students' starting levels.
- Consider this student performance as well as other knowledge about your students when selecting the student reading group.
- Be sure to monitor students’ data throughout the year and adjust reading groups as necessary.