How do I assign a Quill Diagnostic?

Learn how to assign a Quill Diagnostic to your students.

Updated over a week ago

We recommend that teachers initially assign a Quill Diagnostic to assess students’ writing skills. After students complete a Quill Diagnostic, Quill will create a plan of practice recommendation activities for each student based on their performance on the Quill Diagnostic.

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How to assign a Quill Diagnostic Β 

1. Navigate to the Assign Activities page.

2. Click the Assess student writing with a diagnostic card to access the Quill Diagnostics available to you to assign.

3. Click the Preview hyperlink to the right of a Quill Diagnostic's name to preview it. Then, click the Select button for the Quill Diagnostic that you would like to assign. If this is your first time assigning a Quill Diagnostic, select a Baseline Diagnostic (Pre).

πŸ“ A Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) is a pre-test and is intended to initially assess a student's writing skills so that Quill can create a plan of practice recommendation activities based on the student's performance on the Baseline Diagnostic (Pre).
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πŸ“ˆ A Growth Diagnostic (Post) is a post-test and is intended to subsequently assess a student's writing skills after they have already completed the corresponding Baseline Diagnostic (Pre) and the practice recommendation activities associated with the Baseline Diagnostic (Pre). After a student completes a Growth Diagnostic (Post), Quill will create a plan of practice recommendation activities based on the student's performance on the Growth Diagnostic (Post). Please note that the practice recommendation activities for the Growth Diagnostic (Post) will be different from those for the Baseline Diagnostic (Pre). For this reason, a Growth Diagnostic (Post) will be locked until you have assigned its corresponding Baseline Diagnostic (Pre).

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​Click here to learn more about each Quill Diagnostic and Writing Skills Survey that Quill offers and the writing skills that each assesses.

4. After clicking the Select button for a Quill Diagnostic, you will see the Review and assign page, which will have three sections.
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a. In the Name the assignment section, name the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic. The default for the activity pack's name is the name of the Quill Diagnostic that you selected, but you may change the name to anything that you wish.

b. In the Review activities and pick due dates section, you have the options to set a Publish date (the date that this activity pack will appear in your students' Quill accounts), set a Due date, and determine if you have previously assigned the Quill Diagnostic.

c. In the Choose classes or students section, select the classes and students to whom you would like to assign the Quill Diagnostic. If you would like to assign the Quill Diagnostic to only some students in a class, check the box to the left of the class's name, click the All students dropdown menu, and uncheck the names of students to whom you would not like to assign the Quill Diagnostic.

d. Once you have completed the steps in all three sections, click the Assign pack to classes button in the upper right corner of the page to finish assigning the Quill Diagnostic.

5. After you have clicked the Assign pack to classes button, students will be able to either immediately access the Quill Diagnostic in their Quill accounts or on the Publish date that you specified. Please click here to learn more about students' Quill accounts and login information.


How to assign a Quill Diagnostic (Video Tutorial)


How to assign a previously assigned Quill Diagnostic to more students

To assign a previously assigned Quill Diagnostic to new students, please navigate to the My Activities page.

Search for the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic that you would like to assign to more students.

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Use the search shortcut Ctrl+f or Command+f to quickly search for the Quill Diagnostic by its name.

After finding the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic, click the Add/remove students assigned button for that activity pack.

Clicking the Add/remove students assigned button will bring you a page containing rosters for each of your classes.

If the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic is not yet assigned to a student, the box next to the student's name will not be checked, and you will see no copy to the far right of the student's name.

To assign the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic to a student who is not yet assigned the activity pack, check the box to the left of the student's name. After checking the box next to the student's name, you will see the copy, Pack will be assigned, to the right of the student's name.

To assign the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic to an entire class, click the Select all button for that class.

Once you have selected all the students to whom you would like to assign the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic, click the Update students assigned to pack button in the upper right corner of the page.

Please click here to learn more about assigning and unassigning existing activity packs to and from new students.

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Please note that if a student is already assigned the activity pack containing the Quill Diagnostic, unchecking the box next to their name will unassign the Quill Diagnostic from that student and remove that student's data for the Quill Diagnostic, so please keep the box next to a student's name checked if you would like to keep their data for the Quill Diagnostic. The student will not be reassigned the Quill Diagnostic. Please click here to learn more about assigning and unassigning existing activity packs to and from new students.


Access and understand Quill Diagnostic reports

To access Quill Diagnostic reports and assign practice recommendation activities, please navigate to the Diagnostics report in the My Reports tab.

You may use the dropdown menu in the upper left corner of the page to select a class and only see the Quill Diagnostics assigned to that class.

Find the Quill Diagnostic for which you would like to see reports and click the respective View results and recommendations button.

On the left side of the subsequent page, you will see a menu with all of the reports available for a Quill Diagnostic. Please click the links below to learn more about each of these reports.

  • Class summary: View the average proficiency for each writing skill for your whole class.

  • Student results report: View the proficiency for each writing skill for each individual student.

  • Practice recommendations report: View and assign practice recommendation activities that Quill recommends based on each student's performance on the Quill Diagnostic.

  • Student responses report: View the number and percentage of writing skills for which each student submitted correct responses and view each student's responses for each prompt in the Quill Diagnostic.

  • Questions analysis report: View the percentage of a class that submitted a correct response for ea ch prompt in the Quill Diagnostic.


Assign Quill Diagnostic practice recommendation activities

To assign practice recommendation activities, please navigate to the Diagnostics report in the My Reports tab.

Find the Quill Diagnostic for which you would like to see reports and click the respective View results and recommendations button.

On the left side of the subsequent page, you will see a menu with all of the reports available for a Quill Diagnostic. Please click the Practice recommendations tab to see the Practice recommendations report and assign practice recommendation activities.

Please click here to see instructions for assigning practice recommendation activities.


Have more questions?

Please feel free to send a message to the Quill team using the green message bubble on the bottom right corner of the screen or email us at support@quill.org.Β 

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