Districts, schools and teachers have the ability to assign targeted benchmark assessments to their students using Front Row. Whether you want to measure growth over time, isolate student strengths and weaknesses, or determine what standards still need to be taught before state testing, these assessments provide all key stakeholders with the data they need to make the most informed decisions possible. Completely based on the Common Core, Front Row Benchmark Assessments are designed to give the most precise information on student ability.
Here’s how to use the Assessments feature:
1) Select the "Assign Math" button on your Teacher Dashboard.
2) Click the blue "+Add An Assignment" button.
3) Select the orange "Benchmark Assessment" button.
4) Select the grade level of your class.
5) Choose the domain you would like to assess, or choose to assess all domains using the drop down menu.
* If you chose to assess only one domain, select the specific standard you want to assess, or choose all standards within the selected domain.
6) Choose the students to whom you want to send the assessment.
Use the "Select All" and "Select None" buttons to choose which students to assess. Or, click on each student individually to select or deselect him or her. You may choose to assess your entire class, a small group of students, or just one student.
7) Click the green "Create Assignment" button to send the benchmark assessment to your students.
You will see the benchmark assessment listed in your assignments. Note that students must log on at student.frontrowed.com or on the Front Row app to complete the assessment.
8) Have students log in to Front Row like they normally do.
Students will log in to Front Row just the same way that they always have - with their first name, last name and class code.
9) Have students click on "Assignments" at the bottom of their screen.
10) Students will see their assignments waiting for them. Multiple assignments may be listed. Benchmark assessments are listed in red. Have students click the assignment to begin.
11) Students will have ONE opportunity to complete the benchmark assessment. The assessment will stay listed on the student's dashboard until he or she completes it.
12) Students complete the assessment, which will take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes or more.
Note that all domains assessments will be the longest followed by single domain assessments. Single standard assessments will be the shortest. Students can track their progress with the green bar at the top of the screen. This is also a quick way for teachers to check progress as they circulate the room.
Once students have completed the assessment, they will return to their dashboard to choose other assignments on which to work.
Here’s how to check class progress and performance on the benchmark assessment:
1) To check completion progress on the benchmark assessment you just assigned to your students, click on the arrow icon next to the assessment.
You will see a list of students who have not yet completed the assessment, as well as a list of students who have already completed the assessment. This makes it easy to track the completion!
Once an assignment is completely finished, meaning all students have completed it, it will be moved from the list of assignments and will be filed under the Recently Completed Assignments tab. To see a list of these assignments, click the "Show>" button. You will see each completed assignment as well as a link to the sessions tab to see how students performed.
2) Click on the green "Show Results" button or visit the Assessments page (on the left navigation bar) to see student performance on the benchmark assessment.
When you view the completion progress for each assignment, you can click the green "Show Results" button for a direct link to the assessment data (stored in the Sessions report). Alternatively, you can log in to your Teacher Dashboard, click on the Individual Practice Reports button, and choose the Sessions report. On the "Assessments" tab you will find a list of the benchmark assessments you have assigned. They are organized by data, and you can see which domains and standards you assigned, as well as completion progress.
To learn more about the detailed reporting available for benchmark assessments, click here.