There are three features in ASSISTments for Skill Fluency. They all begin with the Skill Builder. Once teachers and students understand the skill builder they can add in the Automatic Reassessment and Relearning system as well as PLACEments. Both of these features use the Skill builder.
A Skill Builder is a problem set where students no longer have to do a set number of problems, instead they have to work until they get three right in a row.
Teachers select fluency practice from the list of ASSISTments Skill Builders. There is a folder for every area of the CCSS from 2nd to 8th grade. There are over 300 Skill Builders
Students work until they get three right in a row with no help and no mistakes. If they need support they can ask for a hint. Students who exceed the daily limit are encouraged to seek help.
Teachers check the report to find out who succeeded, who exceeded the daily limit and who did not even start working.
Automatic Reassessment and Remediation System (ARRS)
Teachers must first turn on this feature in Settings. Then students begin by completing a teacher assigned skill builder. Seven days later when they sign in to the system they received a reassessment test with one question from the skill builder. If they get the test correct they get a check mark on their report. If they get it wrong they get assigned the skill builder again, and must get three right in a row. This continues until the student gets four reassessment tests correct. The teacher gets a report on 1. who has exceeded daily limit on any skill builders and hence needs help, 2. Which students still need to finish their original problem set 3. Which students have overdue reassessment tests and 4. which students have overdue remediation skill builders to complete.
Students are assigned original Class Assignments that are the "Original Skill Builders". Then a week later they are assigned a Reassessment Test" if they get this correct they will be given a check on their report, if not they will be given a "Relearning Skill Builder".
Students and teachers can track their progress on monitoring mastery of the skills. Each skill has a box available for each of the reassessment tests for each of the skills. A check was given when the Reassessment test was answered correctly.
Teachers have a report where they can see which students have or have not completed their assignments. The Daily Limit Exceeded shows teachers how many original and relearning skill builders that the student was unable to answer 3 questions correctly in a row. This is actionable information. Late and Unfinished Assignments shows the assignments that the student has not completed before the due date.
The PLACEments feature begins with a test of skills selected by the teacher. If a student gets any of the initial problems wrong on the test the test automatically expands to include the prerequisite skill. Once complete the teacher gets a report and the students get a playlist of skill-builders to complete, one for each of the problems they got wrong on the test. If the teacher chooses they can reassign the exact same test and see reports on growth.
A snapshot of the pre-requisite graph, see the whole graph.
Teachers select the skills to be on the test.
Students take the PLACEments test and receive remediation assignments.
Teachers receive reports. The first report is about the skills, the percent correct for the class, how many students needed remediation and those students names. The second report shows how many of the assigned remediates the student has completed (this is a skill builder where students must get three right in a row.
Teachers can reassign the test. Once students are done the teacher receives a gains report. Teachers can choose to have Remediates assign for the reassign as well as the original test.