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Skills Check-ins for Teachers

Understanding diagnostics and growth reporting from a teacher perspective

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Written by Erin Byrne
Updated over a week ago

Skills check-ins are designed to be student-led and teacher-defined. Teachers have access to their students' data to help inform decision-making and drive differentiation through a number of different reports. If you already have a Mathspace account, simply navigate to the 'Skills' tab and get started.

As students continue to complete check-ins, teachers will be able to track the change in student knowledge over time. This includes both growth as well as potential learning loss.

How teachers use Skills-Check-ins:

  • Teacher encourages check-ins - The activity report displays the students progress towards completing the diagnostic phase and how many check-ins they’ve done.

  • Teacher assigns discovery check-in from the 'Create a Task From Anywhere' button.

    Note: Teachers can't re-assign the discovery check-in to students who've already completed the discovery check-in previously. Learn More

  • Teacher views data in real-time - As students log in and begin answering questions, teachers will see their results coming through.

  • The purple icon next to students indicates that they are currently completing the diagnostic phase.

  • Teachers can view the partial grade assessments during this phase.

  • Teachers can view the outcomes proficiency during this phase.

  • Growth reports unlock for students that have completed the diagnostic check-ins.

  • Teachers should allocate daily check-ins for all students to complete the diagnostic phase quicker.

How teachers identify knowledge gaps from Skills reports

  • Filter reports by grade and strand to pinpoint areas of interest.

  • Sort students by grade to rank and identify knowledge gaps across the classroom.

  • Outcomes in grey are evidence of knowledge gaps.

  • Outcome codes can be copied and searched in the Mathspace textbook to follow-up with learning.

How teachers follow up with students using Skills reports

  • Teachers can use the individual skills report to have conversations with their students.

How teachers use the Growth Check-ins

  • Growth reports unlock for students that have completed the diagnostic check-ins.

  • 1 grade level is the unit for measuring growth. e.g. 0.5 growth = 0.5 grade level. A naive expectation is that students achieve 0.1 growth every month.

  • Teachers can compare the growth for all students in the class to identify which students are on track, ahead, or falling behind.

  • Growth can be negative. This happens when students test lower in skills that they had previously answered correctly.

  • Teachers can view growth by Strand.

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