How do the ELA Pre-Tests work?

When your students first log in to Front Row ELA, they will be prompted to choose between ELA Articles, Word Study, or Vocabulary. There are two Pre-Tests: one for our ELA articles that focus on reading comprehension and writing standards, and another for Word Study. 

Article Pre-Test: 

The ELA articles Pre-Test consists of short snippets of informational text, each with a couple corresponding comprehension questions. Students' ability to read and comprehend the text and respond to the questions helps the Pre-Test adjust as students move through it. The goal of the Pre-Test to determine the approximate starting grade level in reading for each student. This information will help the program decide which level of an article to recommend for each student to read as he or she uses the program.When students click on “ELA Articles”, they will be taken to the following screen that displays a message introducing the pre-test to students.

 

Once students click “Yes Please”, they will be taken through a series of short readings, each with 2 corresponding questions. The Pre-Test is used to measure student's reading comprehension abilities. As students get questions correct, the passages and the questions become more difficult. The program will work to isolate the perfect starting reading level for a student, based on what passages he or she can read and correctly answer questions on. Students should use the scroll bar to scroll up and down the passages and questions, pressing "Submit" when they are ready to move on to the next passage.

 

Once the program has determined an approximate reading level for a particular student, it will end the Pre-Test and show the student a message like the one below.

 

After students click “Continue”, it will return them to the ELA practice screen. 

 

Some other things to note about the Pre-Test:

  • The length of the pre-test varies based on student capability. Some students will finish in 5 minutes, others may take as long as 30 minutes. It must be completed in one sitting.

  • If the student quits before finishing, the pre-test won't count, and the student will have to start over.

  • The results for the pre-test go into the dashboard immediately. To see them, log in to your Teacher Dashboard, and click on the Student Activity button under ELA Articles Reports: Activity Report. On the Student Activity tab click the blue bar that says "View Pre-Test Report" and you will be taken to a list of your students and their pre-test reading level. Reading levels are listed as approximate grade level.

 

 
If you ever feel that the results of the pre-test aren't accurate for a given student,  there are usually two reasons:
1. The students didn't know to try their hardest on the test, or they didn't have enough time to work on it (we recommend 30 minutes to be safe).
2. The students are generally at a high level, but have some gaps in their understanding. The diagnostic stops the first time it finds a significant gap for a student, and has them start practice there.
 
In either case, it's not really a huge deal because teachers can select the level article to assign to each individual student. While Front Row will recommend a level for each student, the teacher has the ability to modify those recommendations.  To learn more about changing a student's article level, click here. The more a students practices and demonstrates that he or she can read and answer comprehension questions correctly, the better the program will get at determining the reading abilities of that student. This is the beauty of an adaptive program :)
 
Word Study Pre-Test
 

Word Study focuses on students’ growing knowledge of spelling patterns rather than their ability to memorize words. It provides students with opportunities to practice with spelling patterns that in turn help them learn to spell, read, and write words. The Word Study pre-test consists of audio clips that students listen to and subsequently spell. This helps Front Row identify their existing knowledge of spelling patterns. When students click on Word Study, they will be taken to the following screen that displays a message asking them to start the pre-test.

 

Once students select "Start", they will be taken to the following screen that displays a message introducing the pre-test to students.

 

Once the program has determined an approximate reading level for a particular student, it will end the Pre-Test and let the student know. The student then will be re-directed back to the Student Dashboard, where they can decide what to practice next. 

 

Some other things to note about the Pre-Test:

  • The length of the pre-test varies based on student capability. Some students will finish in 5 minutes, others may take as long as 30 minutes. It must be completed in one sitting.

  • If the student quits before finishing, the pre-test won't count, and the student will have to start over.

  • The results for the pre-test go into the dashboard immediately. To see them, log in to your Teacher Dashboard, and click on the Word Study Matrix button under ELA Reports. You can see what level your students are currently placed on here.
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