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Accucess in Edmentum Assessments

Explanation

What is Accucess?

Accucess is an online diagnostic assessment and curriculum tool that is used to evaluate the knowledge and skills of learners and place them into an appropriate instructional level of content. Instructors and schools will be able to quickly place students on grade level in reading, writing, and mathematics before they begin an instructional unit or semester. Based on the results of these assessments, learners are prescribed Plato Courseware to fill any learning gaps. In this way, Access personalizes learning for individual students or an entire class with a curriculum path taking from their current level to the target curriculum level.

Educators can use Accucess to evaluate learner knowledge and skills before beginning an instructional unit or semester.  They can use the evaluation to determine areas that need special emphasis and focus. 

Refer to the Accucess Instructor Guide for additional information on Accucess. 

For additional information on Edmentum Assessments, please refer to the Edmentum Assessments User Guide.

What subject areas are available in Accucess?

While most grade levels are available, Accucess is a tool designed for middle school (5-8), high school, and adult learners, and is not appropriate for elementary school students.

  • Language Arts (grades 2-12)
  • Reading Skills and Comprehension (grades 3-12)
  • Math (grades 1-12)

Why is Edmentum Accucess beneficial?

  • An adaptive-diagnostic assessment solution that prescribes rigorous content to fill learning gaps and personalizes instruction, bringing students up to grade level.
  • Educators can use Edmentum Accucess to evaluate student knowledge and skills before instruction, then use the results to identify areas of need.
  • Supports districts in identifying current skills of students who are severely behind or whose levels are unknown, which will help place new students at their appropriate curriculum level.
  • New progress reporting for Edmentum Accucess helps measure and track progress for students, classes, and districts.

 

Designed to deliver individualized learning opportunities to students in the district, while delivering on-demand, usable data for teachers and administrators.

Great resource for teachers who are managing an intervention program, or working with individual learners who need additional support in the classroom; for district administrators/assessment directors who need an intervention solution to assess students against state and Common Core standards and provide curriculum targeted to individual student needs and usable data to track progress against standards; for district coordinators of intervention programs and RTI programs; for educators looking for an automated assessment with minimal manual intervention or modifications of each learners' learning goal.

How does an Accucess assessment work?

Each assessment adapts to the Learner's level as the Learner answers questions. It begins with a question at the start grade level specified by the educator. It will then ask additional questions to determine understanding of each concept for the subject and adjust higher or lower as necessary. The target grade does not have any relevance over the level of questions presented in the assessment. See the link below for more information on Accucess.

Understanding the Curriculum Scale Score

Accucess is an intervention instrument that provides custom placement into the PLATO curriculum targeted to the individual learning needs of students in Mathematics, Language Arts, and Reading Skills and Comprehension. Accucess adapts to the instructional level of students by administering items during the test based on the student's response to the previous item. This custom approach to assessment results in more accurate and efficient placement into the PLATO curriculum.

Accucess is based on an algorithm that customizes the testing experience of students based on their responses to previously administered items. In this way, the assessment adapts to the ability level of the student taking the test represented by the scope and sequence of the PLATO curriculum. Simply described, test items are grouped according to the content they measure within a grade at the objective level. If a student responds correctly to a test item, they will be presented with an item from a module higher along the curricular sequence. If a student responds incorrectly to an item, the next item delivered will be from an objective lower than their current level.

The Curriculum Score Scale that Accucess yields upon completion of the test is directly correlated with the PLATO curriculum and has been validated with external measures such as scores from commercially available assessment products as well as state test results. Through the adaptive process that Accucess employs, the test places a student into the PLATO curriculum and subsequently assigns the appropriate learning path for that individual.

While scores from Accucess have been documented to have a high degree of placement accuracy in relation to a student's actual ability level, some learners will obtain scores higher or lower than their current instructional classification. Educators should consider these instances on an individual student basis and determine the appropriate entrance for a given student into the PLATO curriculum based on information available. Students scoring higher than their current instructional classification can be provided with enrichment opportunities for learning using the PLATO curriculum.

Note: If a Learner scores higher than the target grade level, they will not receive a prescription.

How To

To assign an Accucess test to learners:

1. Click the Assessments Catalog tab at the top of the home page.

2. Click the Action button next to the name of the Accucess test that you want to assign.

3. Select the Assign to Learners option.

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4. On the Create Assignment page, check the boxes next to the names of learners you want to assign the Accucess test to.

5. Click the Next button at the top-right corner of the page.

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6. Under the Set Assignment Parameters section, enter the following details:

  • Assignment Name
  • Instructor
  • Instructions
  • Start Date
  • Due Date

7. Select the Start Grade and Target Grade levels by moving the slider to the left or right.

8. Check the box marked " When an educator sets a due date on an assignment, they have the ability to determine whether or not to allow learners to continue to access the assignment after the due date.

9. Select the Auto-Activate Prescription option if you want a prescription to be automatically assigned after a learner completes the test.

10. Select the Automatically Generate Pre-Test option to automatically generate pre-tests for learners.

11. Use the drop-down menu to select the number of times a learner can attempt the mastery test before it is locked.

12. Click the Next button.

 

13. Review the assignment details.  If you'd like to edit any information, click the Back button.  When you have finished, click the Create Assignment button to complete the process.

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Modify grade levels

Users can now edit the start and target grades for one or more learners before they take the assessment. This adjusts the level of the first question (start grade) and the target level for prescription content (target grades). This enhancement further supports users who are working with students at multiple abilities.


1. Go to "My Assignments"

2.In my assignment, find the assignment you wish to edit

3.Click actions, then "Vew Assignment Details"

4.Select the students name you wish to edit.

5.Click "Edit" under Assignment Details.

6.Adjust the bar under "Start Grade and Target Grade Levels" to reflect the start and target grade.

7. Hit "Save"

 

What's Next

How did PLATO determine the curriculum level?

The PLATO curriculum level was created by looking at various national and state standards and determining what skills were taught at specific grade levels. PLATO then aligned curriculum to these skills to determine the master sequence and kept the appropriate general grade levels for these skills which was translated into a three digit number between 100 - 1300 which correlates to the general grade appropriateness of the skills.

How does the Curriculum Score equate to a grade level?

After completing an Accucess assessment, learners will see a Learner Assessment Report. This report details assignment name, classroom, test name, date/time the test was started and graded along with time on task. At the bottom will be the Curriculum Score.

  • A score of 100-199 equates to first grade.
  • A score of 200-299 equates to second grade.
  • A score of 300-399 equates to third grade.

...

  • A score of 1000-1099 equates to tenth grade.
  • A score of 1100-1199 equates to eleventh grade.
  • A score of 1200-1299 equates to twelfth grade.

View Assessment Results and Manage Prescriptions

Upon completion of an Accucess assessment, Learners receive an individual prescriptive learning path assignment in Edmentum Assessments. Educators can view scores and prescriptions. Refer to how to View Assessment Results and prescription details for more information. 

Reports

After the learner completes the Accucess assessment, educators can generate the Accucess Results report to see the curriculum score in addition to detailed prescription data.

 

Other Considerations

Can a Learner retake an Accucess assessment?

Similar to PLATO test packs, Accucess assessments are designed to only be taken once because it generates a prescriptive assignment for Learners based on test results, therefore, there is no option to reset it to allow a Learner to retake it. If a Learner needs to retake a previously started or completed Accucess assessment, create a new assignment for the Accucess assessment which allows them to retake it. No previous test results or prescription data can be transferred to the new assignment. See the steps above under Assign an Accucess Assessment for more information on recreating as assignment for Accucess assessments.

Are there printable versions of the tests?

Hard copies of the Accucess assessments are not available.

How to edit an existing assignment

Refer to Editing Assignment details in Assessments.

 

 

 


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