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USBE Data Analysis for K-3 Reading Assessment Program

USBE Data Analysis for K-3 Reading Assessment Program

Introduction

mCLASS Assessment: Acadience™ Reading

How it 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 Acadience Reading 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.
  • Support decision-making at every level using aggregate reports.
  • Translate class- and student-level reports into individualized instruction using the Now What?Tools.
  • Get a more complete view of early literacy skills with the new mCLASS:Early Literacy Measures (ELM).

Enrollment for mClass

Please review the UT LEA Rostering Support document for important information about the rostering process for LEAs in Utah.

Benchmark Windows

The USBE has required that each Acadience Reading testing benchmark window occur within the below dates:

BOY — the first benchmark before September 30
MOY — the second benchmark between December 1 and January 31
EOY — the third benchmark between the middle of April and June 15

Benchmark windows for LEAs are set to the state benchmark windows in mCLASS. However, each LEA is to have 2-4 week benchmark period that is shared with their staff. If a student moves into your LEA and your benchmark window is closed, but the state benchmark period is still open, the student must be benchmarked. Should your LEA need an extension of a benchmark window beyond the close of the state benchmark windows, that must be approved by the USBE Assessment Department.

If you have questions regarding your current benchmark window dates, feel free to reach out to Sarah McCarty at smccarty@amplify.com or Amplify Customer Services at help@amplify.com.

Acadience Reading Next Benchmark Invalidations

Before you invalidate a benchmark probe, review the USBE’s list of acceptable reasons for invalidating here. If your reason for invalidating is not covered on this document, contact Sara Wiebke at 801-538-7935 or sara.wiebke@schools.utah.gov to request an invalidation.

Progress Monitoring

The impact of progress monitoring

Progress monitoring is the most powerful tool we offer with regards to student achievement.

“Scores for Daze increase more slowly than they do for other Acadience Reading measures, so more frequent monitoring may not be as informative. For students who need to be monitored on Daze, we recommend monitoring once per month.”
Progress Monitoring with Acadience Reading 
© Acadience Learning
October 2012

The Acadience Reading authors recommend progress monitoring students in the Well Below Benchmark category once every 7-10 days (and once every 10-12 days for students in the Below Benchmark category).

Progress monitoring is the practice of testing students briefly but frequently on the skill areas in which they are receiving instruction, to ensure that they are making adequate progress. When students are identified as at risk for reading difficulties, they can receive progress monitoring testing more frequently to ensure that the instruction they are receiving is helping them make progress. (Acadience Learning/October 2012, Progress Monitoring Guide)

The purposes of progress monitoring are:

  • to provide ongoing feedback about the effectiveness of instruction,
  • to determine students’ progress toward important and meaningful goals, and
  • to make timely decisions about changes to instruction so that students will meet those goals.

How to progress monitor?

  • Select students for progress monitoring
  • Select Acadience Reading materials for progress monitoring
  • Set progress monitoring goals
  • Determine the frequency of progress monitoring
  • Conduct progress monitoring assessment
  • Access data through class and student reports
  • Evaluate progress and modify instruction.

The key to progress monitoring: Instruction should link to progress monitoring and progress monitoring should link to instruction. They should run parallel and merge as one to confirm student growth in reading.

Check your progress monitoring fidelity report in mCLASS to ensure you are on track with these students. For more information regarding progress monitoring guidelines, visit the official progress monitoring guidelines.

Support Team

Amplify Customer Services

(800) 823-1969
Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT
help@amplify.com

Educational Support Team

Pedagogical Questions
(800) 823-1969
Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT
edsupport@amplify.com

For more information, please contact:

Sarah McCarty
Associate Director, Educational Partnership
(812) 593-5776
smccarty@amplify.com

Donna Bright
Educational Partnership Manager
(303) 960-3772
dbright@amplify.com

Christy Hughes
Associate Education Partnership Manager
(214) 763-9735
chughes@amplify.com

Robert McCarty
Regional Director of Educational Partnership
(435) 655-1731
rmccarty@amplify.com

Cydnee Carter
Assessment Development Coordinator
(801) 538-7654
cydnee.carter@schools.utah.gov

Kim Rathke
Formative Assessment Specialist
(801) 538-7876
kim.rathke@schools.utah.gov

Liz Williams
Elementary ELA Assessment Specialist
(801) 538-7542
Liz.williams@schools.utah.gov

Sara Wiebke
Literacy Coordinator
(801) 538-7935
sara.wiebke@schools.utah.gov

Erika Thomas
K-3 Literacy Specialist
(801) 538-7661
erika.thomas@schools.utah.gov

Melissa Preziosi
Assessment Data Specialist
(801) 538-7949
melissa.preziosi@schools.utah.gov

Professional Development Resources

Helpful tips and guides

mCLASS:Acadience Reading resources

Calculating Pathways from DYD

Technical resources

  • Devices & Requirements Ensure mCLASS is compatible with your devices and systems for optimal performance and support.
  • Amplify Enrollment This guide walks you through the necessary steps to complete enrollment using the manual enrollment tools on Amplify Home. It shows you how to manage staff, student, and class assignment information, and maintain the accuracy of your staff, student, and class assignments.

 

New! Amplify Reading Pilot

Amplify is thrilled to give mCLASS and Acadience Reading users across the state of Utah the opportunity to make their data work even harder with Amplify Reading! Beginning in the fall of 2019, select schools will be given a chance to pilot this new supplemental digital reading program—absolutely free.

To learn more about this special pilot, contact Robert McCarty at rmccarty@amplify.com or Sarah McCarty at smccarty@amplify.com.

More about Amplify Reading:
Amplify Reading is a digital reading program for K–8 that complements ELA programs with adaptive support and targeted practice in foundational reading skills. While Amplify Reading can be used on its own, mCLASS and Acadience Reading users get to experience extra benefits, including automatic rostering and placement in the program based on a student’s mCLASS composite score. From that point forward, Amplify Reading takes every student on a personalized journey that addresses gaps and bolsters foundational skills at a pace that supports their individual development.

Data Analysis sessions

Learn more about the three different Data Analysis sessions below to understand which session is best for you:

Teacher and Coach Data Analysis
Full day (In person session)
During this session, teachers and coaches will:

  • Complete multi-step analysis of current benchmark data to improve student outcomes
  • Identify and set measurable goals for all students using Pathways of Progress
  • Form small groups to address student needs and plan for instruction
  • Prepare to turnkey this session to share with colleagues

School and District Leaders Data Analysis
Full day (In person session)
During this session, leaders will:

  • Interpret aggregate reports to identify school-wide trends and priorities
  • Generate school-wide action plans based on next steps in the data
  • Customize and practice leading data conversations using the “Make it, Take it” Powerpoint

201 for School & District Leaders
2 hour webinar (remote)
The webinar is for people who cannot attend the School and District Leader in-person session, but would like to professional development to analyze their benchmark data. In order to cover all of the content delivered in the full-day data analysis session for this 2-hour webinar, requirements include pre-work that relies on basic knowledge of platform functionality (Acadience or mCLASS) and Excel functionality. Educator must have attended a prior Amplify Data Analysis Sessions before registering for this remote session.

View all sessions and locations here for 2019-20SY

Register in Midas for your session(s) today!