When scheduling an assessment, teachers can customize settings. See the article How to Schedule Assessments for an overview of the options and how to set them. The guidance below provides recommendations for how Wit & Wisdom® teachers should think about these options from the perspective of instruction and implementation.
The settings a teacher chooses are key. For instance, if a teacher selects Allow students to check answers for the first New-Read Assessment in a module but turns it off for the second, scores from the two New-Reads will not be comparable.
Show Annotation Tools
By default, the following options should be turned on, as they offer helpful annotation tools that reinforce how Wit & Wisdom teaches students to read closely.
- Highlighter: Students can highlight passages in the stimulus text.
- Note pad: Students can take notes on their reading. Teachers can review these notes by viewing the completed assessment.
Allow Students to Check Answers
If this setting is turned on, students can answer a selected response item, select check answer, and immediately see whether they answered correctly without the answer being revealed. Students can then change their answers before submitting the final assessment. In most cases, this setting should be turned off so the assessment can provide the most accurate data on student performance. Teachers planning to review items with students after the assessment should also not enable this setting.
This setting can be helpful in limited cases, such as when teachers wish to use an assessment for
- student self-assessment,
- informal formative assessment or quizzes,
- practice with digital or standardized testing formats, and
- providing a temporary confidence boost for students who struggle with complex texts, as checking answers serves as a built-in scaffold that helps more students experience success.
Release Scores Options