Do You Need A Diagnostic Assessment For Grade 2 Reading And Math?

The California Department of Education requires educators to use an approved assessment to aid teachers in the development of language arts and computational skills of students in Grade Two. Approved ELA and math diagnostic assessments must meet criteria for alignment with the Common Core State Standards, validity and reliability, and appropriateness for intended use.

Learn more about California’s grade two assessments.

Scantron’s Performance Series is approved for this use in California schools. Performance Series aligns with Common Core Standards and provides a computer-adaptive assessment to measure student proficiency regardless of grade level. It includes support for pre-readers via the Foundations tests, as well as helping with the transition to standard core ELA and math proficiency. Performance Series is backed by Scantron’s rigorous assessment development and psychometric research, including criterion-referenced norming data available within test results.

Scantron assessment solutions support several of the key components of CDE’s Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Plan (SRCL):

  1. Standards and Frameworks
  2. Articulated and Aligned Curriculum
  3. Comprehensive, Targeted Instruction and Intervention (via instructional resource partners)
  4. Educator Preparation and Professional Learning
  5. Engaging Families and Communities
  6. Assessment and Progress Monitoring (via the approved Performance Series measure)
  7. Accountability (via Performance Series reports and Scantron Analytics; see Associated K–12 Solutions, below, for details)

While all the steps are crucial to literacy success, without steps 6 and 7, you may just be guessing. Informal, teacher-based prompts are an important part, but a more holistic assessment approach makes it easy to systematically assess, monitor progress, and demonstrate accountability. Scantron’s solution helps you use assessment data to guide and inform instruction, as well as providing effective early screening and diagnosis tools for grades K–12.

Learn more about what Performance Series offers California educators.

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Specific Resources for California Educators

“Performance Series and Achievement Series’ analysis tools and reports enable teachers to use their assessment results to effectively drive instruction.”

Steve Robinson Vice–Principal Liberty High School (Literacy First Charter School)

“Performance Series questions went beyond grade-level standards. This…opened the curiosity door and allowed [students] to search the depths of their knowledge. I can’t help but think [Scantron] contributed to [our] results because I used it to do all my planning,”

Meighan Lewis Teacher Munford High School

We have used the Performance Series assessment for ten years at Valley Oak and we find it a very useful tool for identifying specific standards that have not yet been mastered.

Laura Fulmer Director Valley Oak Charter

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How Scantron Can Help

Academic Indicators

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Scantron Assessments

Scantron Analytics

Achievement

On-grade testing for specific grade-level achievement measures with customizable performance bands and cut scores; items aligned to state standards

Consumes and displays test scores from a variety of sources in interactive dashboards for overall and population group view

Growth

Computer-adaptive testing on a scaled score for grade-level-independent results. Tracks growth over time against subject scoring scale; results aligned to state standards

Shows changes in scores over time from a variety of test score sources; Early Warning System supports customizable thresholds and at-risk indicators

Graduation Rate

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Connects Student Information System data in real-time; shows graduation rate year over year

English Language Proficiency

Standards-based Reading and ELA computer-adaptive test; customizable performance bands and cut scores.

Shows scores from a variety of test score sources; Early Warning System supports customizable thresholds and at-risk indicators

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School Quality Indicators

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Scantron Assessments

Scantron Analytics

Scantron Surveys

Suspension

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See and remediate at-risk students easily using the Early Warning System

Measure student engagement and school climate to discover underlying causes

English Learner Progress

Measure year over year growth in Reading and ELA, regardless of grade level

Create filter to view ELL students test scores at a glance

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Graduation

Create and administer tests aimed specifically at graduation standards

View grades, scores, and other student data in the College & Career Readiness dashboard, including ACT, SAT, and AP

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English Language Arts (Grades 3–8)

Determine grade-level proficiency, then use Suggested Learning Objectives report to discover and remediate underlying issues

Performance band reports show current status and progress instantly

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Mathematics (Grades 3–8)

Determine grade-level proficiency, then use Suggested Learning Objectives report to discover and remediate underlying issues

Performance band reports show current status and progress instantly

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