Checking for student learning should not be limited to once at the end of the year in a summative test. Today’s students want to know where they stand, parents want to know if their children are on track, and teachers need to know how they can adjust instruction in their classrooms in order to maximize student learning. The DRC BEACON interim assessment does exactly that—it checks for student learning with real-time online reports at multiple points throughout the year.
DRC BEACON is an integrated system of assessment and learning that:
- Offers through-year interim assessments for ELA and math in grades 3-8
- Is administered on the user-friendly DRC INSIGHT platform
- Uses a computer-adaptive algorithm to pinpoint student performance
- Generates immediate student results
- Provides predicted score ranges on end-of-year assessments
- Allows teachers the opportunity to check for learning and monitor progress throughout the year
DRC BEACON IS:
PREDICTIVE. When students complete the tests, their interim scores can be used to predict a performance score range on the state summative test.
ADAPTIVE. DRC BEACON is offered in both English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades 3–8 in an adaptive online format, with a K–2 offering to follow. The online adaptive format allows students, parents, and teachers to have a more accurate picture of achievement as the item difficulty adjusts to student ability levels and pinpoints a realistic indication and diagnosis of “where students are.”
FLEXIBLE. With its flexible format, educators can assess all grade-level content, one subject area (math, reading, or language arts), or provide shorter, more focused testlets that assess only one topic (e.g., geometry in mathematics). If needed, BEACON can also be administered remotely.
FAST. BEACON’s adaptive format yields detailed information about student performance with less testing time.
WHAT DOES DRC BEACON PROVIDE EDUCATORS?
- Immediate, interactive reports of student results, providing data analysis and planning for intervention grouping
- Flexibility in testing all subjects comprehensively or shorter testlets
- Results linked directly to standards and corresponding learning strategies
- Growth measures of students across administrations
- Timely information to target instruction and make informed decisions
- Scores that are predictive of end-of-year summative assessments