In each CommonLit unit, there are countless opportunities for teachers to gather formative data on student performance through:
- During Reading questions in every reading lesson
- Exit Tickets that include a mix of multiple-choice reading and short-answer writing questions,
- The extended writing assignment.
The Final Assessment that you’ll find at the end of each unit provides an opportunity for teachers to see whether students truly mastered what was taught in the unit. For this reason, Final Assessments include no scaffolding support. The Final Assessments include roughly 10–12 multiple choice questions that assess the skills and standards that students have practiced throughout the unit.
You can find the Final Assessment at the end of each unit.
Teachers should remember that Final Assessments have a few unique characteristics:
1- First, these are the only assignments within the CommonLit curriculum that must be completed online, through the CommonLit platform. To learn more about assigning these unit assessments, check out the video below:
2- Next, we highly recommend that students take these Final Assessments under real test-taking conditions, in a silent classroom. This will help to ensure that the data you receive from these assessments accurately reflect what students can do independently.
3- By completing CommonLit’s unit assessments online, teachers also receive access to actionable data reports, which highlight areas of student strengths and weaknesses. To check out these reports, just go to your “My Classes” tab in your CommonLit account. From there, you’ll be able to grade student writing and analyze your class’ performance on the Final Assessment.
One Final Step
As you approach the end of each unit, we would love to hear from you. Please don’t forget to complete the End of Unit Survey. This is a great opportunity to share what you loved about the unit and what you think the CommonLit team can improve upon. As a small thank-you, we’ll send along a $5.00 Amazon gift card for completing the survey.
If you have any questions about to utilize our Final Assessments, please email Pilots@CommonLit.org. Our team is excited to support you!