For many teachers in Australia, school has returned to a new ‘normal’. Some of us, like our Victorian brothers and sisters, have been teaching a complicated mix of online and in-person teaching for what feels like forever! Whether you’re looking forward to teaching Term 4 remotely or face to face, you’ll be looking for a way to make the end of the year go as smoothly as possible. That means planning, diagnostic assessment, reporting – it needs to be sorted quickly and easily!
As the future is still not clear cut, you more than likely have a million questions buzzing around your head. But, we’re sure that at the forefront of your mind you’re thinking something similar to this:
“How have my kids been going with their learning during Term 3?”
What is a Diagnostic Assessment?
Whether you were teaching at school for part of the term, or were using Teach Starter’s Assess or another of the many digital platforms for remote teaching, we know that you and your students have tried their best. But, as to be expected, different learning environments for each student will have lead to different learning outcomes.
You need to know how much knowledge and understanding they’ve retained, and gained, during the topsy turvy Term 3.
As soon as your students have settled back into Term 4, it is a good idea to give them a diagnostic assessment covering the basics for literacy and numeracy. Diagnostic assessment is beneficial for many reasons:
- Diagnostic assessment sets a standard for the knowledge and understanding a student should have. Therefore you are able to see if they are performing below, at or above average.
- Assessing students on prior knowledge allows you to see how effective your lesson delivery has been and tailor your future lesson content.
- It allows you to catch students who have fallen behind. It also lets you see which students are ready for more advanced lessons.
- Diagnostic assessment can be levelled for each grade using curriculum aligned questions, or tailored to the content that you have delivered yourself.
So, on top of preparing your classroom for the return of your students, where on Earth do you fit in the time to prepare these assessment items? Pour yourself a cup of tea and relax! At Teach Starter, we’ve got you covered.
FREE Diagnostic Assessment Templates
We’ve been busy helping you prepare for the return of your students by creating a diagnostic assessment template for each grade, using our online teaching platform Assess.
If you’re new to Assess, make sure to check out our blog Assess – The Online Learning Tool for Teachers (FREE). Not only is it a digital saving-grace for students who are learning at home, but it’s also a great tool to continue technology-driven learning in the classroom. Don’t forget, you can access Assess from your Teach Starter dashboard.
Joining our many Assess lesson templates, we’ve added some quick and easy diagnostic tests to the mix. Simply copy them onto your Assess dashboard and assign them to your students on their return to school. Alternatively, print them out as paper tests for more traditional assessing.
Simply search for “Returning to School” in the templates section on Assess.
Australian Curriculum Aligned Assessment
All of our diagnostic templates are curriculum-aligned for literacy and numeracy to check your students are on track.
You can easily see which curriculum codes each assessment piece has been aligned with when you copy each template.
These templates currently test students on the base knowledge that they should have for their age level. For example, the Year 1 assessment covers concepts that students should have grasped by the end of Foundation/Prep, as well as some initial concepts for Year 1. However, the editable nature of these templates means that you can put in any new concepts you have taught over the course of last term.
Editable Templates for Foundation to Grade 6
There is a diagnostic assessment template for each grade – Foundation to Grade 6 – with language and question style to suit that age. However, if you feel that your students need something a little more tailored, you can easily edit each template once you have copied it.
Simply choose the age level you require (or levels plural!) and copy them to your Assess dashboard. Then click on the activity to tailor it to your class’s needs.
Self-Grading Digital Assessment
This is just one of the things that teachers are LOVING about Assess! With self-grading technology, diagnostic assessment has never been easier.
Once your students have completed their assessment, you can review the self-graded test or manually grade it yourself. Submit your results back to your students, or keep them private in your Assess results dashboard.
You will easily be able to compare each student’s results and see which questions students struggled with. You can even see which curriculum codes were reached or missed by individual students.
Deliver Online Diagnostic Assessment or Print
We understand that you may be a little tired of digital lesson delivery. The flexibility of Assess means you can easily choose how you want to deliver your activity. Why not print it out as a PDF for students to complete manually?
Simply click the 3 little dots on an assessment piece on your Assess dashboard and click ‘Print’. It’s as easy as that!
Don’t forget, if you don’t have enough devices per student, you can still deliver it to your students digitally through your own Teacher dashboard.