There are two types of assessments occurring in the 2019-20 program year: online unit quizzes and in-person pair assessments. This article is a detailed overview of online assessments and outlines their purpose, where and how the assessments fit into lessons, and promising practices for successfully administering assessments and managing students to completion. If you would like to learn more about assessments in general (both in-person and online) please visit this Learning Center article.
Use these links to navigate this article:
- What are online assessments?
- How are the online assessments structured and where can I find them?
- What questions are students asked in online assessments?
- Best practices and using assessment data
What are online assessments?
Online assessments are short quizzes that students take in class, usually as a do-now activity. Program managers should implement two assessments per year. Topics vary by grade and are tied to key learning objectives in the iMentor curriculum.
In 11th and 12th grade, online assessments focus on college knowledge (fit, cost, and application process). In 9th and 10th grade, online assessments focus on knowledge around skills such as problem solving, growth mindset and social capital.
You can read more about the value and goal of iMentor’s assessment process here.
How are the online assessments structured and where can I find them?Online assessments are set up as short “quizzes” that students take as a do-now in class. Each assessment is tied to a specific unit in the iMentor Curriculum for each grade. Staff are able to see which units of the curriculum have an online assessment by looking at the resources listed for each lesson in the “Lessons and Events” pages in the iMentor Curriculum.
Students take the online assessment via the iMentor Platform, after they have been invited to do so by their Program Manager. To learn more about how to administer assessments via the iMentor Platform, read this learning article about assessment procedures and completion management.
What questions are students asked in online assessments?
Assessment questions cover the key takeaways from their corresponding curricular unit. To see printable version of the quizzes with answer keys, see below:
|Quiz One||Quiz Two|
9.5 Growth Mindset
9.3 Goal Setting
10.4 Summer Planning
10.6 Social Capital
11A.6/11B.8 Paying for College
11A.3/11B.7 College Fit
12.4 Paying for College
12.3 The College Application
Best practices and using assessment data
- Pay attention to your regional Scope & Sequence and lessons that contain assessments. Sometimes a region may choose not to teach the specific lesson that contains an assessment activity. The assessment should be implemented as a do-now in the last lesson of that unit or the first lesson of the next unit.
- Anticipate how your students might respond to being asked to complete an assessment. PM feedback has consistently shown that students are generally open to the assessment process, particularly after learning it takes less than 10 minutes to complete. See this Learning Center article for more helpful talking points to share with students.
- Be informed of assessment questions and answers. Before asking students to take an assessment, familiarize yourself with the questions and answers so you’re easily able to respond to student questions as they take the quiz. Printable versions of the quiz questions and answer keys can be found below.
- Consider the insight that data on student knowledge of college process and key skills can provide so you can actionize your data! Check out this Learning Center article on Leveraging Assessment Data for more ideas or email your friends at [email protected] to discuss!