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We have taken all the tests. How can I retest my students?

While we understand some schools and states may require weekly data points for their students, it is not how the easyCBM system was developed. The system only lets a student take a measure once because once a student has taken a test the first time, re-taking the test is likely to give an artificially-inflated score (familiarity with the material is likely to result in a higher score that is based more on practice than on actual improvement in knowledge and skill).

How often teachers assess students depends on two key questions: How quickly is it reasonable for teachers to expect to see growth in a particular skill area and how much actual intervention has the student received? In all cases, of course, it is important that the student is actually receiving focused instruction to address their skill deficits if teachers hope to see an improvement in their performance over time. The more difficult the skill being tested, the longer the time should be between testing as students need to receive targeted instruction in order to help them improve their skills.

Our testing recommendations:

Reading;

Letter Names, Phoneme Segmenting, and Letter Sounds can be given as often as every week or two – because students are able to make rapid progress in these skill areas when they are receiving in-depth interventions to help accelerate their learning

Word and Passage Reading Fluency, are assessing skill areas that take longer for students to improve. We recommend testing no more often than every other week with these measure types.

Multiple Choice Reading Comprehension, we recommend testing no more frequently than every 3 to 4 weeks.

Math:

Math Measures, we recommend testing no more frequently than every 3 to 4 weeks.

While we realize you are not using our program as it was intended, there are some considerations if you are to proceed with retesting students. The program will only keep one student score. If you want to keep the original test score, there is two options to save student data:

1. Print all of the individual reports (but it does not include the parent report-those will have to be printed individually).
2. Export data into a csv file.

You will also need to first delete the test taken in order to open it up to retest a student. The easiest way to delete a student progress monitoring measure or benchmark test is by accessing the student’s assessment history.

To locate this feature, login to your account and go to the Student tab. Next locate the student name in the “Students” column to the right. To the right of the student name there is a blue magnifying glass icon. Click on that icon and a summary list of assessments for that student will appear in a drop down window.

If the assessment information is not immediately visible in the window, scroll down the page to find the list. Assessments that have a season in their title (Vocabulary 3_Fall) are benchmark tests and those that end with an underscore and number (Reading Comprehension 4_1) are progress monitoring measures.In this setting, there is an option to delete a student record. If you look to the right of the measure name you will see a trash can icon. If you select a measure for deletion, a pop-up window will ask, Are you certain you want to remove this test?  If you click OK, the measure will permanently be deleted from your account.*Note: If you are deleting a student benchmark test in order to re-administer it, remember the benchmark testing window must be open in order for a student retake a test.

Last Updated: January 29th, 2021
Filed under: FAQ