Note: This feature is currently only for Math 6 Unit 6: Expressions and Equations and Algebra 1 Unit 5: Introduction to Exponential Equations. We plan to make it available to more Math Units and Projects in Fall 2022.
This article covers:
- Overview of Readiness Checks
- Assigning Readiness Checks
- Where can I find the Teacher Guide?
- How do students complete the Readiness Check?
- Looking at the results of the Readiness Check
- Adjusting lesson plans based on student results
Overview of Readiness Checks
What is a Readiness Check?
Readiness Checks are a short series of assessment items teachers can assign to classes before or at the beginning of a unit. Readiness Checks allow teachers to gather information about students’:
- Background knowledge
- Understanding of concepts
that are prerequisite to the upcoming unit.
After the Readiness check is complete, teachers can use student performance data to adjust lesson materials and instruction through suggested actions like adding, deleting, or modifying specific unit materials. Readiness Checks don’t affect students’ grades. However, they do provide students with a preview of the unit and create anticipation around what they will engage with during the unit.
Readiness Checks are designed to be a learning experience for students, rather than solely an evaluation of knowledge, and are delivered through Summit Learning’s integration with Learnosity.
What do Readiness Checks look like?
Readiness Checks vary in length, but should take students less than 15 minutes. They include a variety of item types, including multiple choice, multiple select, matching, and graphing questions.
All questions are auto-scored, meaning there is no manual scoring required by teachers.
How should Readiness Checks be administered?
Prior to starting or at the beginning of a new unit:
- Assign the Readiness Check to each of your course sections.
- Analyze the Readiness Check data.
- Adjust your unit plan based on Readiness Check data.
Where can I find information about the purpose of each Readiness Check item?
Each Readiness Check is accompanied by a Teacher's Guide. For each question, the Teacher's Guide provides:
- An answer key
- Aligned standards
- A description of where students will need these skills during the unit
- Guidance on how to support students who need more help or who demonstrate understanding of each item.
See Where can I find the Teacher's Guide? for the location of the Teacher’s Guide.
How should I interpret student performance on a Readiness Check?
Readiness Check data can be used to identify prior grade level or unit’s prerequisite background knowledge, concepts, or skills students need further support with in order to access grade-level learning.
Readiness Check data may suggest adding extra practice with some of the unit’s content, or may signal the opportunity to move more quickly through a topic to optimize instructional time. Review data in the Platform and use the Platform-recommended actions to adjust your instructional plan. See Adjusting lesson plans based on student results for more information.
When deciding how to adjust your unit plan, it’s important to remember that additional support should occur when this information is needed by students. In other words, it’s recommended to avoid starting a unit with review lessons and instead carefully select which days’ instruction you want to adjust. Readiness Checks help with this by recommending activities to alter or replace on specific days.
Assigning Readiness Checks
- On the Course Overview page, click on the Math Unit that you want to assign the Readiness Check for (Note: This feature is currently only for Math 6 Unit 6 and Algebra 1 Unit 5)
- Click on Readiness Check
- Assign the Math Unit to your students. You will not be able to assign the Readiness Check to your students until they are assign the Math Unit. (For steps on how to assign Math Units here.)
- Click Assign for each section you want to assign the Readiness Check. It will be assigned to all students in the section immediately. There is no time limit on Readiness Checks.
To view what the Readiness Check looks like to students, click Preview as Student at the top of the Readiness Check tab see what students see once they’ve been assigned the Readiness Check.
Where can I find the Teacher's Guide?
For each question in the Readiness Check, the Teacher's Guide provides an answer key, a question narrative, aligned standards, description of where students will need these skills in later lessons, and guidance on how to support students who need more help or who demonstrate understanding of each item.
Click the View Teacher's Guide button on the Readiness Tab in the Overview page
How do students complete the Readiness Check?
- On the Math Unit Overview page, students click Start to begin the Readiness Check
Students answer a few questions about the topics covered in the upcoming math unit. This should take them less than 15 minutes, but there is no time limit on Readiness Checks.
- Once students finish their Readiness Check, they can review their answers by clicking Review my answers to see which questions they got right, and which they didn’t.
- Once they click Review my answers, they can view their responses to each question and the correct answers.
Looking at the results of the Readiness Check
After 70% of the class finishes the Readiness Check, teachers can see the results arranged by the topics covered in the unit, and the question(s) related to it.
- Click the Readiness Check tab on the unit’s Overview page
- Click Insights and actions part way down the page. The color coded bar shows how accurately students have answered each question.
- The green bar shows the percentage of students who answered the question correctly.
- The red bar shows the percentage of students who answered the question incorrectly.
- The gray bar shows the percentage of students who have not yet answered the question.
- Click View responses for the question you want to look at individual student’s results.
To view a specific section's results, select the section you want to see in the Section list in the top right corner of the Insights and actions tab.
Adjusting lesson plans based on student results
- Go to the Insights and Actions tab to review the results of the Readiness Check and the suggested actions
- Click Turn on reminder beside the actions you’d like to use in your lesson plan
This will add a reminder to the corresponding day in the unit’s Plans tab reminding you of the change you want to make. The reminder is added to your My Plans and only shows on your plans, even if other teachers are teaching this section.