Over the next few days, we'll be rolling out CERCA Starter Reports in your Insight dashboard. These reports are designed to give teachers baseline literacy comprehension data to assess students' current reading levels. With each 30-minute CERCA Starter lesson, educators will have access to real-time data on how their students are performing on key literacy skills and concepts.
To get the most out of these reports, we've compiled a quick guide for understanding the data to better personalize your students' literacy instruction. You can also join us for a free webinar on Getting the Most Out of CERCA Starter on Wednesday, September 23rd at 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET.
Accessing CERCA Starter Reports
Head to your Insight dashboard and click CERCA Starter from the navigation menu on the left (just above Performance and Time on Task). Then, select the class you want to view from the dropdown menu. Next to each student’s name, you will see a roll-up of their scores for all CERCA Starter lessons completed so far. Click the gray arrow on the right to open up a breakout of the scores on each individual lesson.
The Conceptual Understanding score comes from the Minilesson assessment. These scores indicate a student’s level of understanding of the foundational CERCA concepts. If a student is marked as Needs Attention on any of these concepts, we recommend:
The Background Knowledge and Applied Proficiency scores come from the QuickCERCA assessment. We have broken out Background Knowledge and Applied Proficiency to help you better analyze your students’ abilities.
These scores indicate a student’s level of familiarity with the background knowledge needed to understand this text. If a student is marked as Needs Attention on these questions, it may indicate that the student has a low level of background knowledge about this topic. Keep that in mind when analyzing the student’s performance on the CERCA skill questions. In general, the more background knowledge a student has about a text, the more successful that student will be in comprehending the text. If a student has a low background knowledge score and a low applied proficiency score, the issue may be with background knowledge rather than application of the skill. If a student has a high background knowledge score but a low applied proficiency score, provide additional support to help the student learn to apply the skill.
These scores indicate a student’s level of proficiency in applying the foundational CERCA skills. If a student is marked as Needs Attention on any of these skills, analyze the items the student has missed to see if Conceptual Understanding or low Background Knowledge had an impact on the student’s ability to apply the skill. If the student had an issue applying the skill, we recommend:
Continue to monitor student progress throughout the CERCA Starter to place your students at a reading level that will challenge them appropriately.