“Placement” is the first experience students will have using My Math Academy or My Reading Academy. All new students will initially work on a series of short, adaptive assessment activities to evaluate their abilities and understanding, with the programs automatically adjusting the questions’ level of difficulty based on each student’s real-time performance. After these assessment activities, the programs place each student at the right level for them to start learning. Follow this guide to understand more about the Student experience during Placement Tests.
- What Should Students Expect
- How to Check Your Students’ Placement Status
- How to View a Student’s Placement Report
- How Our Programs Adapt to Student Progress After Placement
What Should Students Expect
Students often perceive these initial assessment activities differently. Some might report that the experience was quite challenging if they were presented with a series of questions that stretched their current understanding. Others might say it was really easy if they quickly and confidently answered the initial questions correctly.
Teachers should not be concerned by this variance in perception among students. The programs are adaptive and will learn what each student needs and determine the “just right” level of challenge for each student.
We do recommend that teachers prepare students for their placement experience, reassuring them that it’s normal that activities may feel hard. Students won’t all get the same set of questions, as in a traditional test. The activities presented during this placement period are designed to help identify the individual strengths and areas for growth for each student, which includes challenging students with activities that are above their level.
In kid terms: the Placement Test is trying to “stump” them, so some questions should feel hard.
Fun tip: When you see Shapeys in lab coats, it indicates that students are about to enter Placement in My Math Academy, and when students select a tile on the My Reading Academy Hub that does not show the usual book cover or game title, it indicates they are entering Placement.
The following screenshots show the Hub where students will enter their Placement Tests.
Web Version of My Math Academy:
App version of My Math Academy:
Web Version of My Reading Academy:
Learn more and see additional examples of Placement Test activities here:
How to Check Your Students’ Placement Status
1. Log in to your Educator Center.
2. Click Dashboards at the top of the page, and then Progress in the drop-down menu.
3. In the Skills Progress Status section of the dashboard, there’s a chart showing you what skills each child Needs Support on, which are In Progress, and which are already Completed.
In the Placement Test column on the right, you'll see either a yellow dot or a See Report link:
- A yellow dot means the student is still currently doing placement activities.
- A See Report link means the student has completed placement activities (in the screenshot below, all students have finished) and you can see a PDF report of this assessment.
Note: The dashboard status will continue to show the yellow “in progress” dot until the student starts a new activity after Placement. If your student has completed the Placement Test but hasn’t started any other activity after the test, have them do that as soon as possible.
How to View a Student’s Placement Report
Note: It may take up to 24 hours after a student completes the Placement Test for the Placement Report to be available to download and print. So, if your student finished the test late in the school day, the report might not be ready early the next day.
- Click the See Report link in the Skills Progress Status chart for any student.
- In the Print Reports pop-up, select (1) the student, (2) Placement Report, and (3) the timeframe 2023. Then click the blue Download Report button.
- This downloads a PDF to your computer. You can open it by clicking the Recent Downloads icon on your web browser.
- When you open the Placement report, the top bar graph shows the number of Prior Skills Known by the student in yellow, with the remaining skills for the child shown in gray.
On the Current Grade Readiness graph at the bottom of the report, you’ll see a yellow arrow highlighting where the student currently falls on the scale of Far Behind, Behind, On Track, Current Grade Ready, and Advanced. (The student in the screenshot below is right On Track!)
- Click the printer icon in the upper-right if you want to print the report.
How Our Programs Adapt to Student Progress After Placement
Placement is not the only time that My Math Academy or My Reading Academy assesses and adapts to student skills. In fact, our programs continue to adapt to the student’s level, in real time, whenever students are engaged in any learning activities, throughout their use of the My Math Academy or My Reading Academy.
If at any point an activity is too challenging, the program will provide scaffolding and feedback to support the student’s learning needs. If the student continues to struggle, the program will provide future learning activities at an easier level to ensure they are building the underlying, foundational skills they need to master the full curriculum.
If a more advanced student is frustrated that activities are too easy, teachers sometimes feel like there’s a problem and want to find a way to “fast track” the student, skipping activities or resetting the Placement Test so they can try again to move ahead. Students cannot be fast tracked and cannot skip activities. Within the adaptive system powering these programs, it is important for students to demonstrate full mastery of all skills and concepts before moving on to next-level activities to make sure they are not missing something that may prove problematic later if not fully mastered early on. As the more advanced students demonstrate sufficient levels of mastery of the curriculum, they will move ahead more rapidly and begin to feel more challenged by new activities.
- Student Placement Reports: Tips and Troubleshooting
- My Math Academy Placement Activities
- Are my students at the right level for My Math Academy?
- My Reading Academy Placement Activities
- Are my students at the right level for My Reading Academy?
- How does adaptability work?