Quill provides Baseline Diagnostics, Writing Skills Surveys, and Growth Diagnostics to identify students' current skill sets and which areas they can receive extra practice in. The diagnostics cover vital sentence construction skills and generate personalized learning plans based on student performance.

Table of Contents:

  1. Accessing the Diagnostic Reports

  2. Class Summary and Student Results

  3. Practice Recommendations

  4. Student Responses

  5. Questions Analysis

  6. Growth Class Summary and Student Results

Accessing the Diagnostic Reports

To access the Diagnostic reports:

  • Click on the "Student Reports" tab

  • Click on "Diagnostics"

On the Diagnostic reports landing page, you will see each Diagnostic that has been assigned to your classes. Use the dropdown menu to select a class, or scroll through the list of diagnostics. To view the results of a class' Diagnostic, click on the "View results and recommendations" link.

On the left-hand side of the page, you will see links to the following reports:

If you have assigned a Growth Diagnostic, you will see a link to the Growth Diagnostics reports below it.

Class Summary report

The circle charts on this report display the average diagnostic results for your class.

  • Each card is associated with one skill group. A skill group aggregates multiple specific skills. For example, the skill group "Prepositional Phrases" contains three skills: 1. Subject-Verb Agreement 2. Prepositional Phrases 3. Adjectives, Adverbs, & Prepositional Phrases

  • The label that says the number of students that need practice indicates which students are not yet proficient in the skill group

  • Proficiency means the students got all of the skills in the skill group correct

  • Need practice means the students who got at least one skill incorrect in the skill group


Student results report

The table on this page displays the individual diagnostic results for each student.

A table showing how students in a class performed in a diagnostic, showing a variety of proficiency, partial proficiency, and no proficiency results


Skill group grading

  • Proficiency means the student got all of the skills in the skill group correct

  • Partial proficiency means the student got at least one skill correct and at least one skill incorrect

  • No proficiency means the student did not get any of the skills correct


Individual skills grading

  • With each skill group, the number of skills correct will be displayed for each student

  • Click on a cell box to see how a student performed in specific skills

An example of a student's individual results in the diagnostic, showing a mixture of correct and incorrect skills
  • Fully correct means the students got the skill correct every time it was used

  • Partially correct means the student got the skill correct at least once and at least once the skill was incorrect

  • Not present means that the student did not use the skill

  • The number of correct and incorrect skills counts the instances in the diagnostics in which a skill was triggered

Practice Recommendations

Based on the results of the diagnostic, we'll create a personalized learning plan for each student.

Hovering over the question mark (?) next to the skill group's name will let you preview the activities in that pack.

You will see one of three boxes for any given student that has completed that Diagnostic:

  • White highlighted square: student has shown proficiency using plural and possessive nouns. The box does not have an asterisk, indicating that this activity pack is not recommended for that student.

  • Blue highlighted square with an asterisk and a checkmark: If the box has an asterisk, that means this is a recommended activity pack. The Plural and Possessive Nouns pack in the example above is recommended to the student based on their diagnostic results

  • Square with green checkmark and the word "Assigned": indicates the recommended activity pack has been assigned to the student - this happens after you click "Assign Activity Packs". Students can see the activity pack on their dashboard and start working on it right away.

Tiny Tip: Use the diagnostic practice recommendations to incorporate mastery-based learning or concept level grading in your classroom. Encourage students to go for green!

Student Responses

The Student responses report displays the number and percentage of skills correct for each student in the Diagnostic. Clicking "View" displays an individual student's responses to the Diagnostic prompts.

On all other reports and on the student's Quill account, the diagnostic will be shown as "Complete".

  • Students are sorted by lowest to the highest scoring

  • To see responses for an individual student click the "View" button next to their name

At the top of the page, you will see a table with each skill the student encountered on the Diagnostic.

  • Fully correct means the students got the skill correct every time it was used

  • Partially correct means the student got the skill correct at least once and at least once the skill was incorrect

  • Not present means that the student did not use the skill

Scroll down to see a student's response to each question on the Diagnostic.

  • For each question in the diagnostic, you'll see which concepts a student triggered and whether they got the concept correct or incorrect

  • Each question has at least one concept

  • For growth diagnostics, you'll be able to toggle between baseline and growth diagnostic results

Tiny tip

Questions Analysis

The Questions analysis report shows you the class-wide average score on each question on the Diagnostic.

  • Green indicates an average score of 80-100%

  • Yellow indicates an average score of 60-79%

  • Red indicates an average score of 0-59%

Tiny Tip: You can use these reports to identify whole-class strengths and areas for growth. For low-scoring questions, consider using them as a Do Now activity or a mini-lesson.

Growth Diagnostic (post) reports

After your students complete a Baseline Diagnostic, you can assign a Growth Diagnostics to measure their progress on each skill group. The Growth Summary report provides information on class-wide growth.

Growth Class Summary

The circle charts at the top of the page display the average diagnostic results for your class.

  • Each card is associated with one skill group. A skill group aggregates multiple specific skills. For example, the skill group "Prepositional Phrases" contains three skills 1. Subject-Verb Agreement 2. Prepositional Phrases 3. Adjectives, Adverbs, & Prepositional Phrases

  • The label that says the number of students that need practice indicates which students are not yet proficient in the skill group

  • Proficiency means the students got all of the skills in the skill group correct

  • Need practice means the students who got at least one skill incorrect in the skill group

  • The growth number comes from taking the percent difference between the pre and post skill group proficiency

Student results

The table below the class summary displays comparison diagnostic results for each student.

Skill group grading

  • Maintained proficiency means the student got all of the skills correct in the skill group in the baseline and growth diagnostics

  • Gained proficiency means the student got at least one of the skills incorrect in the baseline but got all of the skills correct in the growth diagnostic

  • Partial proficiency means the student got at least one skill correct and at least one skill incorrect

  • No proficiency means the student did not get any of the skills correct in the growth diagnostic

Individual skills grading

  • With each skill group, the number of skills correct will be displayed for each student

  • Click on a cell box to see how a student performed in specific skills

  • Fully correct means the students got the skill correct every time it was used

  • Partially correct means the student got the skill correct at least once and at least once the skill was incorrect

  • Not present means that the student did not use the skill

  • Skill gained means the student got the skill incorrect in the baseline but fully correct in the growth diagnostic

  • The number of correct and incorrect skills counts the instances in the diagnostics in which a skill was triggered

  • The green triangle with a number under each student's name is the growth score. This growth score is the total number of skills gained, or the number of skills that were not fully correct on the baseline diagnostic but were fully correct on the growth diagnostic. This growth score only counts each skill one time, even if the skill is part of more than one skill group.

  • The green triangle with a number next to skills correct is the number of skills gained

  • The circles next to the baseline and the growth diagnostics are a quick way for you to compare pre and post diagnostic proficiency

  • A filled-in circle means the student was proficient (all of the skills were correct)

  • A half-circle means the student was partially proficient (at least one skill correct and one skill incorrect)

  • An empty circle means the student was not proficient (all of the skills were incorrect)


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