Please note: a select few districts have minor customizations to how they define an instructional and independent level on Literably. If you work at one of these districts, some of the definitions described below may not apply. If you’re wondering whether your district has customized definitions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question 1: What is an assessment round and how much should I assess my students in each assessment round?
- Each school or district signs up for a certain amount of assessment rounds per year with Literably and the # of rounds can vary by grade level. As an example, some schools/districts might sign up for monthly assessment rounds with Literably and some others might sign up for 3 assessment rounds per school year with Literably.
- During each assessment round, Literably wants teachers to find their students' instructional (and independent) levels in Literably and feel comfortable with the data Literably is providing them on their teacher dashboards - so they have both an accurate benchmark for where students are currently reading and data that can help inform their instruction until their next assessment round.
- Some students may need to take multiple assessments in order for Literably to find their instructional (and independent) level, and teachers should feel free to have students reassess on Literably as much as needed in each assessment round to obtain this data.
- That said, teachers may want to be cautious about overassessing students in each assessment round as having a student take an additional 4th or 5th assessment, as an example, might not actually get teachers that much new/useful information about the student (that they didn't already have from the first 3 assessments they took on Literably).
Question 2: Some of my students who completed an assessment have an asterisk next to their instructional level. Why?
- In short, the asterisk means that Literably is estimating the student's instructional level (info. here). Some districts/schools/teachers feel comfortable just getting students' estimated instructional levels in each assessment round. If that's the case, no further reassessments would be needed if you see a student with an estimated instructional level on your dashboard.
- Literably will confirm an instructional level if the student reads an assessment with 90-94% accuracy and at least 60% comprehension (yellow cells HERE).
- As an example, if a student reads a level S assessment with 92% accuracy and 60% comprehension, Literably will confirm that student's instructional level at level S. There will be no asterisk next to the "S" on the teacher's dashboard for that student.
- As a counter-example, if a student reads a level S assessment with 95% accuracy and 80% comprehension, Literably might estimate that student's instructional level at level T (and would place an asterisk next to the "T" on the dashboard for that student).
Question 3: Some students have the asterisk next to their instructional level AND a reassess symbol associated with their name on my dashboard. Why?
- Here is more information on reassessing on Literably.
- For these students, the reassess symbol signals that they have most likely performed extremely well or poorly on their last assessment (upper left corner/bottom right corner of our leveling grid) and Literably is recommending that a reassessment could be useful/worth the student's time (in terms of narrowing in on where the student's true instructional/independent level might be).
- Ultimately, however, we leave it up to each district/school/teacher if they want to follow these reassessment recommendations from Literably.