After students have completed investigations within a Unit, teachers have the opportunity to assign Mini-Assessments, or Unit Assessments.
Unit assessments are aligned to multiple topics, while mini-assessments are aligned to a single topic.
Both types of assessment are designed to provide teachers and administrators with actionable insights into student proficiency and support student success on state assessments.
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Assigning a Unit Assessment
Assigning an assessment is just like assigning an Investigation. First, navigate to the unit page for that particular unit and scroll down to see all of the assessment options. Click the assessment you want to use.
On the Unit Assessment page, click “Assign This Unit Assessment.”
In the assignment builder, select a class to assign the assessment to and select specific students if desired. Optionally, pick a date to schedule the assignment to appear and/or a due date.
Please note that you can only assign an assessment from the Unit page in BrainPOP Science - you can't assign it from your dashboard.
The assignment will show up on your students' dashboard on the scheduled date (or immediately if no date is chosen)!
Completing a Unit Assessment
When a student logs in, they will see a notification on the Utility Bar letting them know that they have a new assignment. When they click on this assignment, they will be taken to the Unit Assessment on the Student Dashboard, as shown above.
When they click Go, they can begin the Unit Assessment. Depending on the instructions from the teacher, the student may either take the Review or the Graded version of the Unit Assessment.
The student will then complete all the questions within the Unit Assessment.
The student will get a confirmation upon completing and submitting a Unit Assessment. The results can be found in the Teacher Dashboard!
Unit Assessment Reports
You can view your class’s results for each Unit Assessment (UA) on the UA Teacher Report. To find the report, click the assignment link under the Assignments section on your teacher dashboard.
Here is an example report:
Elements to note here:
Assessment Status – displays a summary of how many students have Done, Not Done, or have not been assigned the UA. Students must submit the assignment as ‘done’ for it to count here.
Trends – This section shows various trends that help the identify if/how students are meeting expectations (or not).
The dropdown (e.g. “Disciplinary Core Ideas”) allows you to choose which dimension to display in the chart to the right (e.g., DCIs, SEPs, CCCs, or PEs).
Dynamic text that explains how the class is meeting or not meeting expectations, based on the scores (e.g. "Your class is meeting expectations for [standard X, Y], your class is exceeding expectations for [standards A, B]")
The bar chart on the right will show percentages of the class that fit into one of the 4 buckets of performance: Exceeding Expectations (score 90+), Meeting Expectations (75-90), Standards Nearly Met (50-75), or Standards Not Met (below 50).
Clicking on the standards on the Y-Axis of the chart (ESS1-2) will update the chart to reflect performance on that particular standard.
Student Performance – This section shows a table of all students how they scored on the UA as well as how they did on individual standards
The table can be sorted by any column, allowing you to quickly diagnose where there are problems and which students are struggling on what standards.
Choosing a different dimension of standards in the dropdown will update the column headers to reflect the standards selected in the dropdown.