Once you have Created a Diagnostic Test, and once your students have completed it, it's time to view the results. It's important to ensure that your students have completed the entire test, and to wait around a day for the report to be fully updated.
In the Planner, click on the task that you had set your students. In this example, the task is called "Strand Diagnostic with Data".
You'll see a screen with all the students' marks for each of the questions - very detailed, but not the easiest to draw conclusions from. Click on the "View Diagnostic Report" button near the top right.
If the button is greyed out, it means that the report hasn't finished generating. The reports generate and update once per day - come back and check the button on the next day!
Once the report loads, it will give you some general information about the diagnostic test. Of particular note is the "Year level distribution", which reports the percentage of students who are performing at different grade levels.
If you scroll down, you'll start seeing some detailed information. The "Class Report" is selected by default, and it will give you a breakdown of how the class as a whole is performing against each Australian Curriculum outcome.
This allows you to quickly identify gaps in understanding in the class as a whole, and enables you to structure your lessons for maximum impact. On the flip side, you can also quickly identify where the class is strong in general, and avoid spending time on topics they are already strong in.
In the example below, you might want to focus more time on ACMNA180 - "Investigate, interpret and analyse graphs from authentic data" - which is a Year 7 topic, but have more confidence in your class' prior skill in the four operations.
To see a breakdown of the results on a student level, scroll back up and click on "Student Report"
Here, you can see the overall grade level that the student demonstrated ability in. In this example, Albert Einstein is working at a Year 9.55 level, which means that he's roughly halfway between the Year 9 and 10 level. This can help you easily stream your classes so that your groups of students are working at a similar level.
You will also see the number of questions that have been attempted. For an accurate report, the students should attempt all the questions, even if they start getting everything wrong at a point.
On the right hand side, you will see a bar graph with the number of outcomes that students have mastered, are proficient in, or require attention in. Clicking into any one of the bars will give you a detailed report on that individual students' scores for each Australian Curriculum outcome.
This allows you to be extremely specific with each individual student and their needs.
Overall, this diagnostic report will give you the data you need to assess their current working grade level, to differentiate your students, to target your teaching in the classroom, and even to report for each individual student.