The fast track is an ideal diagnostic test for each topic giving you a quick snapshot of each student's understanding across the different subtopics. The questions selected adapt based on student’s individual success, allowing a teacher to uncover a lot of information about students’ strengths and weaknesses.
How does a fast track work?
A teacher can assign a fast track task at the start of a topic, or direct students to access the fast track tracks themselves. There are no hints, next steps or videos so the teacher will learn exactly what each student can do independently. There is a time limit of 24 hour to complete this task, and students won't be able to re-attempt the task for another 3 days. As the task is adaptive, your students will complete the task over a range of completion times and may have worked on a different number of questions. We suggest having at least the first adaptive task in the topic ready for the students to get started on or show students how to navigate the Topics page independently.
A fast track is given over one single topic. Students are given 2-3 questions from each subtopic within that topic to attempt. A student can either choose to work through the problem or skip to the next subtopic. Based on their results, students who have “fast tracked” through a subtopic will receive a green fast forward arrow and are considered proficient in that subtopic.
Remember you can still set work on a topic a student has shown strong understanding. However, if you assign an adaptive task, they will start off with harder questions from the set and get 3 times the usual amount of progress for each question. This means they can still revise and practice but won't spend as much time on things they know, so they have more time to cover new content.
We close fast track tests if any of these conditions are met:
• If there has been ~24 hours after the students last interaction with the system
• If there has been ~24 hours since the fast track was assigned and the student hasn't touched it
• If the due date has passed
How does a teacher assign a fast track task?
When you create a task, this task will appear for your students on their dashboard as work to be completed.
From the Planner page, hover over your desired due date, and click on the small grey plus sign that appears.
Where does a teacher view fast track results?
A teacher can see that a student has fast tracked a subtopic in two areas:
a. On the Fast Track Task Details Page (see below)
b. On the Mastery Page (see below)
Note: If a student has already earned points in a subtopic, the Mastery Page will NOT reflect the fast tracking for that subtopic, but the results will still be visible on the fast track task details page.
How does a student take a fast track task on their own?
Students can take a fast track task for any topic in any curricula on their own from their Topics Page.
Steps to taking a fast track test:
- From the Menu option, choose the Topics option.
- Select the desired curriculum using the pencil.
- On the Topics page, choose the Topic to fast track.
- Click the Fast Track option and begin the fast track.
Where do students view fast track results?
As soon as a student has completed their fast track, they will see results like the picture below.
If they want to review what subtopics they have fast tracked at anytime, they can go to their “Topics” page in their menu. (see below).
How to effectively use the fast track results?
The fast track can be used as a pre-assessment or a post-assessment. In pre-assessment, you can use the fast track to get a complete overview of your student’s strengths and areas that need instruction, as well as to understand what grade level your students should be working in. In post-assessment, you can use the fast track to determine what areas need intervention.
Option 1: Administer 2/day for the first week or two of school of an entire curricula. This will show where there is proficiency and where there is opportunity for growth.
Create classes according to student results. Group by level. Grouping students will allow you to easily manage groups of abilities, assign work and differentiate instruction.
Option 2: Administer 3 levels of fast track for the same topic. For example, if your students are in 6th grade, give them the Fractions Fast Track for 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. Grouping students at similar levels will allow you to differentiate more easily.