Quill's Diagnostic tool offers two types of diagnostic assessments:

  • Growth diagnostics (post) help you measure skill growth after students have submitted a baseline diagnostic and completed some or all of their recommended practice activities. It functions as a post-assessment to gain insight into students' skill gains and remaining writing gaps.

Table of contents:

How to assign a Growth Diagnostic from the Assign Activities page

1. Determine if this is the correct moment to assign a Growth Diagnostic (post) to your students/classes. Generally, you should assign it when the two sentences below are true:

  • "My students/classes have completed a baseline diagnostic."

  • "These students/classes have completed most of all of the independent practice activities that were recommended by the baseline diagnostic."

2. Once ready to assign a Growth Diagnostic, click on the "Assign Activities" tab. Then, click the card "Assess student writing with a diagnostic" to view the list of available assessments.

3. Select the Growth Diagnostic that pairs with the baseline diagnostic your students/classes have been assigned in the past. The following Growth Diagnostics are available:

  • Starter Growth Diagnostic (Post)

  • Intermediate Growth Diagnostic (Post)

  • Advanced Growth Diagnostic (Post)

  • ELL Starter Growth Diagnostic (Post)

  • ELL Intermediate Growth Diagnostic (Post)

  • ELL Advanced Growth Diagnostic (Post)

Growth Diagnostics are locked if you have not previously assigned students the corresponding Baseline Diagnostic:

Button to preview a Growth Diagnostic and "Locked" button indicating its respective Baseline Diagnostic has not been assigned

4. Upon selecting the Growth Diagnostic, you will access the "Review and assign" page.

Step 1. re-name the diagnostic (optional):

Step 2. schedule a date for your assignment to be published in students' dashboards (publish date) and set a due date (for reference only.) You can also view if students' have been previously assigned that diagnostic on the "previously assigned" column.

Step 3. choose the classes or students who should receive the assignment.

Step 4. Press the green button, "Assign pack to classes," on the top right corner of the page.

How to assign a Growth Diagnostic from the Diagnostic reports

Alternatively, you can assign a corresponding Growth Diagnostic right from the Baseline Diagnostic reports! First, access the My Student Reports tab and click on Diagnostics. Then, click on "View Results and Recommendations"' to access the Baseline Diagnostic your students have completed. Access the Practice Recommendations page. Click here to learn more.

On the right side of the Practice Recommendations practice table, find the "Diagnostic (post) test" column. Check the boxes next to students' names or click the circular ellipsis icon to select all students at once. Then, click the "Assign test" button.

How to assign a diagnostic to additional students

Access the My Activities tab to review your existing assignments. Find your assigned Growth Diagnostic by name. Click the "add/remove students assigned" button.

On the page below, select any additional classes or students you'd like to add to the activity.

How to view Growth Diagnostic results

After students complete the Growth Diagnostic, your next step is reviewing their results. You can access all reports through the My Student Reports tab, on the Diagnostics report. Follow the guides below to understand what each Diagnostic report page offers:

Have more questions?

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