Thursday, December 8, 2016

Using Quiz Builder

I had a great time with assistant principals on Tuesday. Everyone tried his/her hand at creating and scheduling an assessment on Quiz Builder. The next step is to look at results to see the information available to you.

After the students have taken a Quiz Builder quiz, log into Stride and go to the "Quiz Builder" menu. You will see a list of every quiz you have created. Click on the one you wish to see. In this post, we are using a real example of a quiz created for the Calhoun County E-Day held just prior to Thanksgiving.

Immediately, you see how many students took the test. You also see the class average. As you scroll down the screen, you see the overall score for each student. If this quiz is going in the grade book, you have the sores in front of you.

Let's dig deeper. Click on a student and here is what you see. For the student, you see how many questions were answered and the percentage. As you scroll down the screen, you see each question, the student's answer, and the correct answer.

Click on a question and you see the entire wording and all of the choices just as the student would see it, If you are conferencing with an individual student or parent, you can view this information onscreen with them.

The Reports You Can Run

You have three reports at your disposal for each quiz.

When you click the "Reports" link on the black bar, you see the three report options.

The Class & Student report is good for identifying which students mastered or experienced difficulty standard-by-standard. Each standard assessed is listed. Beside each standard is a list of all students along with the percentage of correct answers for the standard. If you are grouping for instruction by standard, doing standards-based grading, and/or differentiating instruction, this report will prove helpful.

The Class Aggregate Scores report is your item analysis. For each question, you see the percentage of students who answered correctly. This report will tell you where the class as a whole is experiencing difficulty.

The Student Score Details report will be helpful as you give feedback to students. The entire class is included in this report. You see the name of the student, overall score, their answer to each question, and the correct answer.

Print the report, and you can pass out the results to the students the way you would traditionally return test papers.

As the students look at their papers, the teacher can go over the test with them. Return to "Quiz Builder," click the name of the quiz, and click "Questions" on the black bar.

From this screen, the teacher sees the percentage of students with the correct answer for each question. By clicking on the question, the teacher displays the item along with all answer choices. The teacher can discuss why the other answers were incorrect.

Note: Be careful not to display the results of individual students to the whole class. When you click the name of the quiz, the next screen displays overall student results. Be sure you are not projecting onto the screen at that point. In Windows, hold the "Windows" key (just to the left of the "alt" key) and hit the letter "P." Here, choose to display the image to the projector. Once you click "Questions," perform another "Windows-P" to resume projecting to both the computer and screen.

Reusing Quizzes

After a while, you may have quite a list of quizzes. You can use those again in future year using the "Clone" link. Even you wanted to administer a pre-test/post-test a few days or weeks apart, the Clone feature would also come in handy. You can even get a report that compare the two administrations of the quiz.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stride E-News

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving Holiday!  Your friends over here at Stride are thankful for these inspiring contributions from our teachers and students in Calhoun County, Alabama:
Reward Students with Privileges Worth their Weight in Gold!

Jaden Sparks
, a student at Pleasant Valley Elementary, is pictured here reading to his younger brother Hollis's Kindergarten class. Jaden chose to cash in his Stride coins for this special privilege, which is one among many perks available to students from the Stride Shop at Pleasant Valley!
This is a fantastic example of how teachers can incorporate rewards into their Stride Shop that cost nothing monetarily, but serve to connect students and allow them a change of routine in their daily school schedules. And, what a wonderful opportunity for students to experience mentoring each other!
Crystal Sparks, Principal of Pleasant Valley and also mother of Jaden and Hollis Sparks, shared: "It was super special to me to know Jaden chose that over several other extrinsic rewards." 
Thanks for encouraging Stride educators to think outside of the box when it comes to rewards! Do you have a Stride Shop reward to share? Email Amy Frith.
Take Stride Motivation to a New Level with Bulletin Boards and Grade-Level Trophies!White Plains Elementary School believes in keeping Stride visible. Their "Stride Pride Leaderboard" is updated weekly with current data for every grade level, including:
  • Top 20 students per grade level in Star Points
  • Total questions answered per grade level/per class
  • Accuracy (percentage correct) for each subject area
  • Total minutes spent in Stride/minutes at home.
White Plains Assistant Principal Jennifer Edwards says updating the bulletin board takes very little time because she can lift the data from reports built into Stride. Students in a class can easily compare their stats to other classes, and see where they could improve week-to-week. Visibility is a huge motivator for students!
White Plains has also set school-wide Stride goals for the academic year. For example, they have goals they want to reach by the end of the year for Stride accuracy and for total minutes spent in Stride at home. Each week, they can see how much closer they're progressing toward those year-end goals.
Principal of White Plains Elementary, Jonathan Gilbert, is seen here holding a grade-level trophy. Every grade has its own Stride trophy, and that trophy is awarded each week to the class that has the highest score on pre-established criteria.
We love how White Plains shows off all of the different ways students can be successful in Stride!
How Does Stride Support Special Education at Your School?
Beverly Butler, Special Education teacher at Alexandria High School, shared her testimonial:
"Stride has been a wonderful program for our students on the autism spectrum. It provides visual and auditory instruction with immediate feedback. Providing the students with multiple choice answer options is their preference and fits their learning style.
As a teacher, I love the fact that I can set the grade level to a comfortable, functional level for each student and the adaptive engine increases the level of curriculum as the student independently makes progress. When one of my students is struggling in an area, Stride emails me the information. Stride lets me know which student is struggling and in what subject area. Stride provides me the resources on the subject area of struggle, and I can print the materials and review them with the student. This allows me to see if it was the way the material was presented, the language used, or if the student missing foundational skills needed to understand the concept. Therefore, some remediation may become necessary.
After remediation, I can also individually select the lesson in Stride and have it presented again to see if the student is successful independently. My students love to earn coins for progress just as they do with our class token economy system. Stride fits my teaching style and, most importantly, fits their learning style, so they can show off what they know. I look forward to continuing to use this program. I believe it's a program which meets the needs of our students with developmental disabilities."
Chime in! We'd love to hear how you utilize Stride for special education. Email Amy Frith

Thank you for using Stride! 
Amy Frith, Editor
Stride Alabama e-News