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How do I create formative assessments?

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Ryan Richins
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During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI, giving you the same features and functionality with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

Until all users have switched to the new UI, our Help Center articles will include information for both. 

Click the header below that aligns with the Buzz UI version you are using (Old UI or New UI); if you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your system admin or Agilix account manager.

Old UI

Use formative assessments to personalize your students learning path.

We all know that every student doesn't learn at the same pace or from having the same experience; Buzz's formative assessments help identify and provide personalized opportunities to learn.

Formative assessments are given to monitor student progress, so a teacher can tailor feedback and direction moving forward. To accomplish this, they are generally administered at the beginning of or midway through a semester, unit, etc., to evaluate a student's mastery of specific objectives and then determine which content should be automatically assigned to students.

When students demonstrate mastery of aligned objectives on the formative assessment, Buzz automatically allows them to skip activities meant to teach to those objectives. Students are automatically notified that they have been excused from activities upon finishing the assessment.

Create the assessment

To create a formative assessment:

  1. Add an Assessment activity to the desired folder, or select an existing assessment and click the pencil (edit) icon.
  2. Open the Assessment Settings tab in the Assessment activity editor.
  3. Check the Formative box under Advanced. If you want the assessment's score included in the final grade, check the Include formative in final grade box; checking this box makes the score visible to students.
  4. Save or select the Questions tab to create assessment questions.
Create the assessment

Align objectives to activities and assessment questions

The second part of setting up a formative assessment is aligning the targeted objectives with both the assessment questions and the activities that you want students to be able to "test out" of and skip.

To align assessment questions with objectives:

  1. Select the desired assessment and click the pencil (edit) icon.
  2. Select the desired question from the list on the left, and scroll to the Objectives section in the panel on the right.
  3. Use the dropdown to limit the displayed objectives to those that are created in the Course, to those inherited from the Parent, or to only the Selected objectives. Any selected objective remains in the list for all three settings.
  4. Check the box next to an objective to align it with the question.
Align objectives to activities and assessment questions

Configure passing criteria

To configure the passing criteria:

  1. Open the Editor tool from the Main Menu.
  2. Open Settings from the toolbar.
  3. In the Gradebook tab, under Formative Assessment, specify the Minimum number of questions that need to be aligned with an objective, as well as the overall Minimum score a student has to earn on those questions in order to skip the activities meant to teach the objective.
  4. Click Save.
Configure passing criteria

Additional articles

Tips

  • Keep in mind that if you align an activity with more than one objective, the learner has to show mastery of all of those objectives in the assessment to skip the activity. For best results, keep your alignments simple and specific.
New UI

Use formative assessments to personalize your students learning path.

We all know that every student doesn't learn at the same pace or from having the same experience; Buzz's formative assessments help identify and provide personalized opportunities to learn.

Formative assessments are given to monitor student progress, so a teacher can tailor feedback and direction moving forward. To accomplish this, they are generally administered at the beginning of or midway through a semester, unit, etc., to evaluate a student's mastery of specific objectives and then determine which content should be automatically assigned to students.

When students demonstrate mastery of aligned objectives on the formative assessment, Buzz automatically allows them to skip activities meant to teach to those objectives. Students are automatically notified that they have been excused from activities upon finishing the assessment.

Create the assessment

To create a formative assessment:

  1. Add an Assessment activity to the desired folder, or select an existing assessment and click the pencil (edit) icon.
  2. Open the Settings tab in the Assessment activity editor.
  3. Check the Formative box in the Advanced assessment options card. If you want the assessment's score included in the final grade, check the Include formative in final grade box; checking this box makes the score visible to students.
  4. Save or select the Questions tab to create assessment questions.
Create the assessment

Align objectives to activities and assessment questions

The second part of setting up a formative assessment is aligning the targeted objectives with both the assessment questions and the activities that you want students to be able to "test out" of and skip.

To align assessment questions with objectives:

  1. Select the desired assessment and click the pencil (edit) icon.
  2. Select the desired question from the list on the left, scroll to the Objective mastery card, and click Choose objective.
  1. Check the box(es) next to the objective(s) you want to align to the question.
  2. Click Done.
  3. Save.
Align objectives to activities and assessment questions

Configure passing criteria

To configure the passing criteria:

  1. Open the Editor tool.
  2. Select Course settings from Tools in the toolbar.
  1. On the Objective mastery card, under Formative Assessment, specify the Minimum number of questions that need to be aligned with an objective, as well as the overall Minimum score a student has to earn on those questions in order to skip the activities meant to teach the objective.
  2. Save.
Configure passing criteria

Additional articles

Tips

  • Keep in mind that if you align an activity with more than one objective, the learner has to show mastery of all of those objectives in the assessment to skip the activity. For best results, keep your alignments simple and specific.

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