Follow the steps below for Diagnostic testing. The teacher can use a desktop or laptop computer, a Chromebook™, or a tablet; students can use any of these devices or a smartphone.
For guidelines for the assessment administrator during testing, see Diagnostic Directions During Administration.
- On the teacher device, log in to your Renaissance site; then, select Star Phonics under Assess Students on your Renaissance Home page.
- Select Diagnostic Testing.
- Next, select New Diagnostics or Pending Diagnostics. For New Diagnostics, you choose the skills to assess; for Pending Diagnostics, you assess students on skills that were previously flagged as needing diagnostics.
- New Diagnostic:
If you chose "New Diagnostic," select the options for Diagnostic Testing; then, select Next.
If you chose "Pending Diagnostic," select the student and test to view pending diagnostics for. Then, choose the diagnostic test to begin by selecting Start Diagnostics next to the corresponding skill. The skills that are listed are those that were checked on the Student's Recommended Diagnostic Report (typically skills for which the student's score was less than 3).
- You'll see the code for the student device. Do not select Begin Test until the code has been entered on the student device as described in the following steps.
- On the student device, go to your Renaissance site and have the student log in. Then, have the student select Star Phonics.
- Enter the code on the student device; then, select Enter. If you are administering the assessment remotely, tell the student the code so they can enter it on their device.
- On the teacher device, you can select the diagnostic student directions, which include a paragraph for you to read to the student and guidance for marking incorrect and correct pronunciations. You can also find guidelines in Diagnostic Directions During Administration.
- When you're ready to begin the test, select Begin Test.
The teacher device will look like this:
The student device will look like this:
- Students should only be given 3 seconds to read each word. The orange blinking dot is a visual reminder of the time allowed; it blinks in 1-second intervals.
As the student reads the words, mark the words according to the scoring instructions on the page. You can close the instructions by clicking the x. To open the instructions again, select i.
The rhyming word below each nonsense word helps you identify the correct pronunciation.
As noted in the instruction box, you can select individual letters or letter combinations to mark part of the word incorrect.
Select the green box to mark the entire word correct.
Select the yellow circle to mark the word skipped. All skipped words will appear at the end of the test, giving the student a second chance to read them. (Select Skipped Words at the end of the assessment to show the words.)
To add notes, click the orange box, select the word, and type the note in the field on the left.
Once you are done marking the words, select Next to go to the next set of words. This will also advance the student's screen. Repeat this step until the test is complete; on the last item, select Submit.
- Once the Diagnostic Test is complete, 3 reports are automatically generated:
- First you'll see the Diagnostic Student Tile Report, which shows you the student's incorrect pronunciations in red. You can select View Notes to see any notes you entered during the assessment. Select Print to print the report. Select Next to see the next report.
- Next, you'll see the Diagnostic Instructional Recommendations, which shows the student's score on each of the skill categories and the student's errors at the beginning, middle, or end of words. Select Back if you want to go to the previous report; select Print to print this one. Select Next to see the next report.
- Finally, you'll see the Diagnostic Student Bar Graph, which shows up to 5 of the most recent diagnostic scores for the tested skill. Select Done when you're done viewing the reports.
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