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How can InnerOrbit’s Formative Assessments Support Student Growth?
How can InnerOrbit’s Formative Assessments Support Student Growth?

What are InnerOrbit's Scaffolded Formative Assessments? How can I Find and Assign them? How can I see Student Data? Let's blast off!

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Written by Erin Cooke
Updated over a week ago

This how-to article on InnerOrbit's Scaffolded Formative assessments has three sections:

Section 1: What are InnerOrbit's Scaffolded Formative Assessments?

Scaffolded Formative assessments on InnerOrbit are ready-to-use assessments that are designed to measure student progress toward proficiency on a single NGSS standard, known as a performance expectation (PE).

These short assessments contain 5 auto-scored questions, including:

  • 1-dimensional questions that assess both grade-level content knowledge

    • "Core Content 1D" orange tag

  • More challenging 2 and 3-dimensional questions that integrate the Science and Engineering Practice (SEP) and Crosscutting Concept (CCC) components of the NGSS standards.

    • "Content and Concepts 2D" green tag

    • "Content and Practices 2D" blue tag

    • "Sensemaking 3D" purple tag

  • These assessments contain all these types of questions not only to support students towards more rigorous questions, but YOU can see how students are progressing with various levels of question difficulty.

    • This is why we call these formatives “scaffolded”!

Scaffolded formatives are best used mid-instruction; after a lesson has begun, but before you are ready to summatively assess mastery.

Specifically, they can be used as a stand-alone formative for a single standard or lesson, or combined to form comprehensive mid-unit assessments around multiple PEs.

Section 2: How can I Find and Select Scaffolded Formatives?

  1. From the “Build” tab, use the search bar to type in a standard (ex: MS-LS1-1) or keyword (ex: cells) OR use the browse tiles to select a standard.

  2. From the “Assign Pre-Made Assessments” Section, select the tile with the "Scaffolded Formative" label.

  3. You can then either:

    1. Select “Assign All Questions” using the green button

    2. Scroll down and select specific questions using the "Add to Quiz" button (with the option to modify the question.)

  4. After you make your selections, click "View Your Assessment"on the upper right corner of your screen.

  5. Name and save your assessment before adding additional questions if you wish.

For next steps, check out these articles:

Section 3: How can I View and Use My Students' Data?

3-Dimensional student data is available as soon as your students have completed the assessments. This data can be used to identify gaps in knowledge and misconceptions, or to obtain an overview of how each class is progressing toward proficiency so that you can make informed instructional decisions.

Explore your "Assignments" Report for Student-Level and Question-Level data!

Explore your "Dimensions" Report for Standards-Level data!

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