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LAUSD Assessment Program

LAUSD Assessment Program

Introduction

LAUSD has partnered with Amplify to use mCLASS® with DIBELS® 8th Edition, an enhanced tool to better support all LAUSD students. It’s the same program you know—now on a more powerful, efficient, and easy-to-use platform.

The Common Core State Standards affirm that it is essential for students to “Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. By learning to decipher word forms students will be able to access word meanings in print, and make the shift to independent, close reading of complex text.”

The program involves:

  • Universal screening — benchmark assessment three times per year.
  • Use of the DIBELS 8th Edition and TRC measures as diagnostic tools to determine student skill needs.
  • Use of TRC to determine instructional reading levels.
  • Progress monitoring students between benchmark windows using grade-level and “out of level” measures to inform student acquisition of a single, targeted skill, and to modify instruction.

Notable Updates

2019-2020 LAUSD Assessment Windows

Memo 6700.3- LAUSD Comprehensive Assessment Program

Memo 051137.1 DIBELS 8-IDEL-TRC

  • BOY: August 12-October 11
  • MOY: December 2-February 7
  • EOY: May 4-June 12

Getting Started

You’ll be up and running in no time. mClass or Amplify Reading or both?

2019-2020 TECH REQUIREMENTS

LAUSD Single Sign-On

Amplify has made changes so you can use single sign-on (SSO) to access Amplify Home and the mCLASS app. Your experience with Amplify Home and the mCLASS app will be the same, but you will use a different web address to log in to Amplify Home and set up the mCLASS app to assess your students.

To access Amplify Home:

Go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com.

On the LAUSD Single Sign-on page, enter your LAUSD email and password to log in.

If you are not directed to the LAUSD Single Sign-on page (as shown above), clear your browser cache and then go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com again.

To access mCLASS Assessments:

Go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment.

On the LAUSD Single Sign-on page, enter your LAUSD email and password to log in.

If you are not directed to the LAUSD Single Sign-on page (as shown above), clear your browser cache and then go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment again.

 

To update the mCLASS app for SSO:

If you previously used the mCLASS app to assess students and would like to use the mCLASS app with SSO, follow these steps to update the app:

  1. Sync the mCLASS app.
  2. Delete the mCLASS app from your device’s home screen or desktop.
  3. Locate the directions for installing the mCLASS app on your operating system in the corresponding Best Practices guide:

Windows 7

Windows 8 and 10

iOS

Chromebook

Follow the directions as written, but instead of using the mclasshome.com/assessment URL, use: https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment.

Create a shortcut on your device home screen for https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment.

  1. You may now use your SSO username and password to log in to the mCLASS app.

You can download a printable PDF version of these instructions for your reference.

Attention iOS device users:

You must sync your device before upgrading your iOS version. If you update your iOS version before syncing, all unsynced mCLASS data will be lost since any Apple-related software updates clear Safari’s cache memory. If your device prompts you to upgrade your iOS version, tap cancel or close to decline and then sync your assessments.

We encourage you to follow best practices and sync your assessment data regularly. Establishing a regular sync routine helps ensure that your assessment data isn’t lost due to device changes, software updates, or any unforeseen issues. A PDF of sync best practices is available here.

Getting Started Guides:

Technology requirements: devices and browser information
Device Compatibility & Technical Requirements

Amplify Reading

Amplify Reading is now available K-5!

What is Amplify Reading?

  • An integrated solution that leverages your DIBELS data to place students in the right learning progression for their skills.
  • A supplemental digital curriculum that teaches literacy skills through a captivating game world.
  • An adaptive, research-based program that immerses students in language, decoding, and comprehension and differentiates instruction based on student progress.

Students should be assessed in mCLASS prior to getting started with Amplify Reading. To help get started, download the Amplify Reading Launch Pack for teachers, coaches, and/or any technical leads who will support the use of Amplify Reading in your classrooms:

Amplify Reading Overview Presentation

Amplify Reading – Program Resources

DIBELS 8TH Edition

How DIBELS 8th Edition works

Quickly identify the needs of each student and inform next steps with instant analysis, reports, and instructional planning tools included in the only licensed mobile version of the research-based DIBELS 8th Edition assessment.

  • Use short, 1-minute fluency measures for foundational reading skills.
  • Replace manual calculations with instant results and recommended activities.
  • Compare student progress with predictive, research-based benchmark goals.
  • Track progress and target instruction to individual student needs.
  • Use aggregate reports to support decision-making at every level.

Booklets are being printed, and each teacher will get a spiral booklet with the student-facing materials for benchmark and progress monitoring.

(Exception is MAZE – we are encouraging online administration.)

Directions for LAUSD- Administering MAZE online.

THE ONLINE MODULE FOR D8 IS NOW UP AS AN OPEN, FLEXIBLE MODULE ON MYPLN, SEARCH: ENHANCEMENT

D8 files can also be downloaded through the University of Oregon.

Additional Resources & Links:

DIBELS Next and DIBELS 8th Edition Comparison Guide

mCLASS with DIBELS 8th Edition one-pager

Key Upgrades in mCLASS

D8 Administration & Scoring Guide

Updated D8 Administration & Scoring Guide- Sept 2019

D8 Benchmark Goals

Updated D8 Composite Scores- 091919

D8 K-6 Assessment Schedule

D8 Gating Rules

Webinars:

mCLASS with DIBELS 8th Edition

Basic Early Literacy Skills in mCLASS

Progress Monitoring with DIBELS 8th Edition

mCLASS Instruction

How mCLASS® Instruction works

All schools in LAUSD have access to mCLASS® Instruction, which can help you use your benchmark data to individualize instruction for each student. You can access the following tools at Amplify Home > My Assessments > DIBELS 8th Edtion (in the upper-left corner you will see an Instruction button). View our Instruction webcast for overviews of the tools.

  • mCLASS® Item-Level Advisor automatically highlights important patterns, offering detailed analysis and suggesting next steps for targeted instruction.
  • mCLASS® Small-Group Advisor uses results to create optimal groups of students with similar needs and selects targeted instructional activities at the appropriate level.
  • mCLASS® Home Connect® allows you to easily provide parents with progress reports and specific activities to help bolster students’ learning at home.

Go to lausd.mclasshome.com and click on:

 

mCLASS Intervention (formerly Burst)

How mClass Intervention works

Generate small groups and target intervention for each group in just a click, with a high-tech, human-touch solution that provides engaging instructional content and activities to bring the lessons to life. With mClass Intervention you can:

  • Quickly analyze assessment and progress-monitoring data.
  • Create and customize skills-based intervention groups.
  • Download short bursts of instruction for each group.
  • Adapt lessons to the skill, pace, and style needed for each student.

mClass Intervention Product Page

mCLASS Intervention for LAUSD

If your school used Burst in the past and/or you are interested in mCLASS INTERVENTION, submit a request HERE.

mCLASS IDEL

Indicadores Dinámicos del Éxito en la Lectura (IDEL) is a research-based formative assessment series of measures designed to assess the basic early literacy skills of children learning to read in Spanish.

As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we are happy to announce that we will add the Instruction page to reporting for Spanish mCLASS assessments on September 1. mCLASS Instruction consolidates all the instructional resources available for a student on a single page. With mCLASS Instruction, educators can: 

  • View each student’s observed skill gaps and related activities from Item-Level Advisor
  • Access student-specific resources based on assessment results and observed patterns
  • View the student’s small group assignment and recommended group activities

mCLASS:IDEL Online Tutorialfee

Text Reading Comprehension (TRC)

How TRC (Text Reading & Comprehension) works

After completing the mCLASS foundational skills assessment, teachers record observations with a running record to quickly analyze reading comprehension. They assign reading levels and monitor progress to support mastery of increasingly complex texts.

  • Quickly log observations and easily identify error patterns for any level.
  • Compare student progress with predictive, research-based benchmark goals.
  • Translate assessment data into instructional support.
  • Track progress and target instruction to individual student needs.

Additional Links:

mCLASS:Reading 3D Brochure

mCLASS:Reading 3D Product Page

Administering TRC

Using TRC Data to Inform Instruction

TRC and Progress Monitoring

TRC Atlas Spanish

The TRC Atlas Spanish texts have been revised with authentic text to improve your students’ reading experience. These changes have been made based on feedback from the LAUSD Multilingual & Multicultural Education Department (MMED), dual- language schools, and Spanish literacy authors and experts, including Elizabeth Jimenez and Gisela O’Brien. Syntax, vocabulary, and cohesion of the texts have been enhanced to be more appropriate for Spanish language readers.

List of Titles for TRC Spanish Revised Texts

A message from Roxanna Sosa, MMED-Dual Language Education Specialist:

TRC in English AND Spanish for LAUSD: Building an additive reader profile in both languages…

3 Main Goals for LAUSD-MMED-DLE: Bilingualism & Biliteracy, Academic Achievement, Social Competence…

 

The revised texts are now available for download as PDFs from the Training page on mCLASS Home.

Additional Links:

Atlas TRC Book Set Brochure

Purchasing Amplify Atlas Kits

Administering TRC

Using TRC Data to Inform Instruction

TRC and Progress Monitoring

Webinars

Webinars

UPCOMING WEBINARS:

Registration links we will be posted here shortly. After the sessions go live, we will post the links to these webinars here AND under the training page on mCLASS. 

Contact Us

Questions?

Amplify Customer Services

Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern

(800) 823-1969 Option 1

help@amplify.com

Terin Ngo
Senior Educational Partnership Manager
tngo@amplify.com

Jasmine Agito
Associate Educational Partnership Manager
jagito@amplify.com