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How can I use InnerOrbit’s Inventories to Assess a Wide Variety of Standards?
How can I use InnerOrbit’s Inventories to Assess a Wide Variety of Standards?

What are InnerOrbit's Inventories? 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 Inventory assessments has three sections:


Section 1: What are InnerOrbit's Inventories?

Inventories on InnerOrbit are ready-to-use assessments that measure student proficiency across many standards in an entire grade level or subject area. (See this google sheet for the full standard breakdown.)

Inventories contain rigorous 2 and 3-dimensional questions that integrate the Disciplinary Core Idea, (DCI) Science and Engineering Practice (SEP), and Crosscutting Concept (CCC) components of the NGSS standards. These questions assess whether students can use their learning from class to make sense of real-world scenarios (learn more about novel phenomena here).

These large assessments are best used in 2 ways:

  1. As a Diagnostic Assessment: Inventories from prior grades can assess mastery of critical prerequisite skills and knowledge.

    1. EX: A high school biology class is assigned the Middle School Life Science Inventory at the beginning of their first semester, prior to instruction

  2. As a Summative End-of-Course Assessment: Inventories of current grades or courses can assess mastery of skills and knowledge learned during a grade or course.

    1. EX: A high school biology class is assigned the High School Life Science Inventory at the end of their second semester, after instruction wraps up.


Section 2: How can I Find and Select Inventories?

  1. From the “Build” tab, select the Inventories tile.

  2. On the next screen, select the grade level of the assessment you wish to assign, and then select the desired topic or specific grade level.

  3. You can then either:

    1. Select “Use 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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