Practice Diagnostics - Reading Page

On this page, you can see more information about your students' Accelerated Reader data for Reading Practice Quizzes (independent reading). The data includes percentage correct, points earned and percentage of reading done within the Zone of Proximal Development. To open the page, select Practice Diagnostics - Reading in the Reading Dashboard Navigator.

Choosing the Class

Select the first drop-down to choose the class whose data you want to see.

In the window that opens, choose the school (if shown), the teacher and the class. The selections that you need to make depend on your position; teachers typically only need to choose the class to work with.

Choose the Time Period

Use the second drop-down list to choose the time period that you want to view data for: all time, the current school year, the current marking period, the last 30 days or the last 7 days.

Time Selector

Marking periods are set up in Renaissance Place when administrators or non-teaching staff choose School Years on the Home page and then choose Add/Edit Marking Periods.

The Reading Dashboard only recognises marking periods that have the type set to "Marking Period" (not other types such as mini-terms).

In the Reading Dashboard, when you choose Marking Period as the time period to view data for, Reading Dashboard uses the current marking period that has the type set to Marking Period.

You cannot select Marking Period in the Reading Dashboard if no school marking periods are set up in Renaissance Place.

Choose the Groups to View

If you have set up custom groups in the Reading Dashboard, you will see a Groups drop-down list that lets you choose whether to view data for the Star Reading Benchmark groups or your custom groups. If you have not set up custom groups, you will simply see data for the Star Reading Benchmark groups.

In Benchmark groups, students are placed into groups based on their Star Reading test results. The benchmarks selected in Star Reading are used for these groups. (In the example above, the Star Reading School Network Benchmarks are being used for the Benchmark groups.)

Once you have chosen the groups that you want to view data for, you can choose how to view the group data.

Viewing Group Names Only

If you only want to see the groups as a whole on the graphs, use the arrow to the right of the group name to collapse the group.

When you do this, only the groups as a whole will be shown on the metric graphs, not the names of the students within the groups. The scores you see for a group are the median of the scores of the students in the group.

Viewing Student Names

If you want to see student names, both within the groups and on the metric graphs, select the arrow to the right of the collapsed group name.

When you do this, student names will show on the graphs instead of group names.

You can move the cursor over a student's name to see that student's specific data for the metric. In the example below, Caitlyn's average percentage correct is 89.

Viewing the Metrics

By default, three graphs are shown for the reading practice data from Accelerated Reader:

  • AR Practice Quiz % Correct: Percent correct that the students achieved on Reading Practice Quizzes within the timeframe you chose. 85% or higher is within the green area.
  • AR Practice Points: This graph shows whether students are earning Accelerated Reader points at a rate that will allow them to reach their points targets by the end of the selected marking period. Note that this graph only shows data if points targets have been set for the students in Accelerated Reader for the time period that you have chosen on this page.
    • Above Target means the student has earned at least the number of points expected by this time in order to meet the target by the end of the time period. If the student continues earning points at the same rate, the student will meet or exceed the target. For example, if you are halfway through the target timeframe, and the student has already earned 50% or more of the points needed to meet the target by the end of the timeframe, the student would be above target. Note that Above Target does not mean that the students have already met their targets.
    • Below Target means the student has earned 50-99% of the points expected by now in order to be on track to meet the points target. If the student continues earning points at the same rate, he or she will not meet the target, but earning points at a faster rate could make it possible for the student to meet the target.
    • Well Below Target means the student has earned less than half the points needed by now in order to be on track to meet the target. Unless the student starts earning points at a much higher rate, he or she will not meet the target.

  • AR Practice % Within ZPD: The percentage of quizzing on books that are within the students' Zone of Proximal Development. The recommended percentage (the green area on the graph) is 60% or higher. Note: This graph only shows data if you have set targets for students in the class or group in Accelerated Reader.

No Data

Students who have not taken any Reading Practice Quizzes in Accelerated Reader within the timeframe you selected will be listed under No Data below each of the graphs. If your school has Star Reading, but is not using Accelerated Reader, all students will be listed under No Data.

Changing the Number of Metrics Shown

If you do not want to show all three of the metrics, select the drop-down list above the graphs and choose the number of metrics that you want to see.

Changing the Order or the Metrics Shown

To change the order of metrics shown (or the metrics that are shown if you have chosen fewer than 3), select the title of each metric and choose the graph that you want to show in that position.

Showing Connections Between Graphs

By default, the Show connections box is ticked, and lines will connect each student name or group on the graphs. This makes it easy to see where a specific student or group falls on each graph. The line is the same colour as the student or group name. If students do not have any data for one of the columns, the lines to the remaining columns will be dashed instead of solid.

If you do not want to show the connections, remove the tick from the Show connections box above the graphs.

Viewing More Data for Individual Students

For more information about a specific student's work, select the student's name on one of the graphs. You will see the student's most recent Scaled Score and where it fits into the benchmark categories (as shown by scores and colours). You will also see several scores from the student's most recent test, including Reading Age, Reading Age Minus Chronological Age, Percentile Rank, Norm-Reference Standardised Score and Estimated Oral Reading Fluency.

If the student's last test was before 21 January 2015, the student's test data will not show on this page.

The Domain view below the student's scores shows the students' domain percentage scores, where the student's score falls across domains and the domain level expectations.

The Suggested Skills view lists the skills that the student may need to work on, grouped by their year level.

When you have finished viewing the information, close the window.

Generating a PDF of the Page to Print or Save

Click the PDF icon at the top of the page to generate a PDF file. You can then print or save the file.

Going Back

Select the graph icon at the top of the page to go back to the Navigator and choose a different view (Reading Overview or Growth and Achievement - Reading).