When my team and I first experimented with using the Interim tests, we were sadly disappointed. The only data we really got back was a general category of where the student was placed. At/Near Standard? What does that mean!? While there are still those annoying general categories, there is also a tool to get much better information from the interim test and to have the opportunity to use them as formative assessment tool. Last year I did this post on the interim assessments: http://corelaboratewa.org/smarter-interim-tests/ . Now, I am happy to say that the beta Interim Assessment Viewer is now officially released as AIR WAYS.
In Washington State we access all the Smarter Balanced assessment tools through the airast portal: http://wa.portal.airast.org/test-administrators/. Wherever you go to access the tools, after administering, scoring, and finalizing scores on the interim test, you can access your scores through AIR WAYS. Once you are in AIR WAYS you will need to select the interim test that you want to see. I can also see the math tests that my students have taken, even though I am their English teacher.
After selecting the test, there are many amazing functions to view the data in different ways.
- Overall performance distribution in the different categories.
- Your students’ best 5 questions and worst 5 questions.
- Your students’ percentage of passing in an overview for all the questions with individual students’ scores showing below.
- By question, the question information detail. (You can also see what each student answered, and the key for that question, by clicking on the numerical representation of their “score” (0/1/2).)
- By question, how your students’ scores compared to the whole school (or at least the other students who took the interim test).
I hope that this information will inspire you to try the interim tests as a formative assessment tool. Maybe you are already required to give the interim test and now you can really get some use out of it! Either way, they can be a great resource when you get the information out of them. In my next post, I will be writing about one way I use the interim tests as a formative assessment and instructional tool.
In my non-teacher consumed hours I love to spend time with my husband and son, play board games, sew/craft/quilt, and read (I DO teach ELA).I aspire to be more into fitness and outdoors more often, though I find a comfy chair and a good book/movie mightily appealing.