Generating Diagnostic Tests

In the Assignment Book, diagnostic tests can be helpful when students have objectives that are in the Intervene state. They also allow you to test students on objectives without requiring students to meet the objectives' practice requirements (mastery criteria) first.

Who can do this with default capabilities?

District Administrators, School Administrators, Teachers

To generate a diagnostic test, follow the steps below.

  1. Select the green Accelerated Math tile (shown below) on the Home page; then, select Assignment Book.

    The Assignment Book lists the students who are in one class. The class name is shown above the list of students. If you have access to more than one Accelerated Math school, use the School drop-down list to choose the school for which you want to view a class Assignment Book. If you have more than one class, and you want to select a different class, click the Class drop-down list and select the class name. If you want to generate diagnostic tests for a specific group, select that group from the Group drop-down list.

  2. The Renaissance Place Print Plug-in is only necessary if you are generating paper (not online) assignments and you are printing the assignments directly instead of previewing them first. If you need the plug-in, click the link and download and install the Renaissance Place Print Plug-in before you continue. Then, go back to your class Assignment Book.

  3. Check the box next to each student who needs a diagnostic test. If you want to generate diagnostic tests for all students in the class, you don't need to select students before you go on to the next step.
  4. Click Generate Diagnostic on the left side of the page.
  5. Click the Assignment Format drop-down list and choose whether the assignment should be online or paper.
  6. For paper assignments only, click the Answer Format drop-down list on the next page and choose assisted-response (multiple-choice) or free-response problems. (If you choose free-response, an answer key will be printed with the assignments.)
  7. Online assignments:

    Online assignments are scored automatically when students log in and complete them. These assignments are assisted-response only.

    Paper assignments:

    Assisted-response diagnostic tests can be scored by teachers using AccelScan and by students who log in to the software. Depending on the settings of the Scoring preference, students may also be able to score assisted-response diagnostic tests themselves using AccelScan, Renaissance Responders, or NEO 2. (Renaissance Responders and NEO 2 will no longer be supported after future software updates.)

    Free-response diagnostic tests can be scored manually by teachers. Teachers can also score free-response diagnostic tests by scanning with AccelScan if they mark "A" for each correct answer and "B" for each incorrect answer. Free-response diagnostic tests cannot be scored using Renaissance Responders or NEO 2 or by students who log in to the software.

  8. If you are generating diagnostic tests for more than one student, click the Problem Generation drop-down list and choose whether students should get identical assignments or individual (unique) ones.
  9. If you chose identical assignments with free-response problems (paper assignments only), click the Free-Response Answer Key drop-down list and choose whether to generate just one answer key for all students or one for each student.

  10. Next, check the box for each objective that you want to include on the diagnostic test.
  11. Check the boxes that are at the intersection of the objective columns and the student rows. To choose an objective for all students, check the box next to the objective number at the top of the column. (To see the objective description and library, position your mouse over the objective number. You can also scroll through the list of objective descriptions.)

    Only some of the objectives in the list will be shown. Click to go to the next group of objectives, to go back one group, to go to the last group in the objective list, or to go to the first group. You can also use the drop-down list in the middle of the arrows to choose a specific group of objective numbers. You can also search for specific objectives by clicking , entering key terms, and clicking Search. The list will be limited to the objectives that matched your search; to see the full list again, click Show All.

    Click . Click it again to hide the standards. Objectives in bold text are related to your standards.

    Click next to an objective description to see sample problems for that objective. If the icon is available, click it to see a worked example, which shows you the steps required to solve a sample problem and the answer.

    Notice that this page uses symbols to show you the status of each student's work on each objective. To see the name of a symbol, position your mouse over the symbol or click Legend.

    Objectives marked with or with a shaded corner () are core objectives.

    Note: If you have reached your student capacity limit for Accelerated Math, this page will notify you and will show you which students cannot receive assignments.

  12. Click Generate.
  13. Online assignments will be generated immediately. You will return to the Assignment Book. You can view a student's online assignments when you click the student's name and go to the Student Detail page.
  14. If you generated paper assignments, by default, the assignments will print directly to your default printer. Click Done when printing is complete. (Note: You need the Renaissance Place Print Plug-In to print directly to your printer. If you don't have the plug-in installed, the program will notify you that you need to install the plug-in and then reprint the assignments. Click the link provided to go to the page where you can download the plug-in; click here for step-by-step instructions.)

    If you have chosen to preview assignments using the Paper Assignments preference, the assignment(s) open in your PDF reader in the browser window or another window, where you can print the assignments.

    Note: If you want to print assignments double-sided, and your printer is capable of duplex printing, use the Paper Assignments preference to enable duplex printing.

You can also generate diagnostic tests starting from the Intervene page. This is helpful for students who have objectives that were marked Intervene during testing.