Creating District Benchmark Assessments in Home Base

Provide insight into Schoolnet and District Benchmark features and functionality.

Schoolnet District Benchmark Assessments: participants will learn the 'click paths' for creating district and building benchmark assessments. Participants will learn how and practice creating new benchmark assessments; using an item search process and a ClassScape blueprint.

  • Introduce the process of creating district benchmark assessments
  • Facilitate set up and exploration

Learner Outcomes:
After this session participates will be able to...
  • Explain the benchmark assessment creation process
  • Describe features and applications
  • Navigate through Schoolnet to create an assessment, add items, edit, publish, and schedule
  • Explain how Schoolnet can assist with collecting benchmark assessment data to ensure data-based decision making to improve student outcomes

The digital resources included on this wiki have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing digital environment, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive digital resources for the purposes outlined on this wiki.

Welcome and Introductions

"The goal of Benchmark Assessments is to monitor student learning to provide ongoing feedback that can be used by instructors to improve their teaching and by students to improve their learning." ~ Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Activity - Use the Tricider
  • Take a moment to add ideas to the Tricider
  • Use the Pro/Con to comment
  • Vote for the most important outcome for the day

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Discussion: How can we capture topics and issues that need DPI or Pearson influence? Options can include...
  • Parking Lot
  • District leader participating in monthly Region 4 Meetings on Home Base
  • Reviewing single point of contact (SPOC) processes - Who are your SPOCs?

Exploring District Benchmark Assessments

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Can teachers use existing assessments they have created in ClassScape – can those be imported into Home Base?
No, assessments that were created in ClassScape cannot be imported into Home Base. However, there is a process for downloading the information (test blueprint) from ClassScape that will allow you to rebuild the assessment in Home Base. Here is the process to get that information from ClassScape is: ClassScape users can go to Manage Custom Assessments/Benchmarks and select "Export Item List" to create a spreadsheet in CSV formatting with the item order, ClassScape item ID number, and objective. Test Administrators or teachers would then use the spreadsheet to find their same items in Home Base (Schoolnet) and rebuild their assessments.

Creating District Benchmark Assessments

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Activity - Live Site Demonstration
  • Log into PowerSchool and navigate to Schoolnet Dashboard
  • For users without Schoolnet Access
  • User Roles & Permissions
    • Test Item Administrator
    • Access to Assessment Management

Publishing Benchmark Assessments

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Activity - Live Site Demonstration

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Team Time

Activity - Work with your team to create benchmark assessments
  • Create Assessments
  • Share the responsibility of following the click paths
  • Be prepared to share - What were some things that were successful and some things that were challenging during the creation process?

Summary and Reflection

Activity - What support is needed? As a group, discuss and record.
  • Region 4
  • DPI and Pearson
  • Collaboration Across LEAs

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