To set students up for growth throughout the year, it's important to understand their individual starting points and to set their reading levels appropriately. Because we know many teachers want more data about their students' starting reading levels, ThinkCERCA provides Leveling Assessments. From the Benchmark Assessment page, you can automatically assign three leveling assessments—below, at, and above grade level—to confirm reading levels and ready students for success.
Step 1: View Student Data
After your students have completed the leveling assessments, view student data on the Insights tab.
Step 2: Analyze the Data
ThinkCERCA’s leveling assessments provide two kinds of data about student performance:
- Applied Practice indicates a student’s ability to apply a literacy skill to a text.
- Background Knowledge indicates a student’s level of familiarity with the background knowledge needed to understand the text.
When analyzing student leveling data, look first at Applied Practice, and use Background Knowledge for context. If astudent achieves Not Yet Proficient in Background Knowledge, that may indicate that they did not have the level of familiarity with the background knowledge to successfully access the text and that Applied Practice score may not accurately reflect the student’s ability level.
Step 3: Level Your Students
You should always use your professional judgment, personal observations, and any student information, such as previous levels or testing data, in addition to ThinkCERCA's leveling data, to gather a well-rounded understanding of your student and help you with the leveling process. If a student has achieved Consistent Mastery in Applied Practice, for example:
Then that level may not provide enough challenge for him and should be placed at a higher level, in this case, Grade 10. If a student has achieved Proficient in Applied Practice, for example:
Then that may be the right level of challenge for him, in this case, Grade 7. If a student is proficient or has mastery on background knowledge on some grades, but is not yet proficient on the applied practice for any grade completed, for example:
Then place the student at the level below the tested levels, in this case, Grade 5. If a student has no clear pattern of proficiency or mastery on either background knowledge or applied practice for any grade, for example:
Then place the student on level, in this case, Grade 7. If a student has one score that is an outlier (for example, Grade 9 proficient in applied practice below):
Then disregard the single outlier and use the data from the other two grades to make your leveling decision. In this case, you would place the student in Grade 7.
Step 4: Continue to Check In
Regardless of the initial placement of your students, remember that it is important to review data on a regular basis. The best practice is to review data and re-level after every two Applied Reading and Writing Lessons. Use what you know about the context as well as the data to decide if you should maintain their level, level them up, or level them down.