The Student Inventory system allows districts to construct the structure and criteria necessary to collect specific inventory data for inventories such as TPRI, DRA, DRA2, TEMI, DIBELS, Fountas & Pinnell, etc. Only staff members with the Data Administrator or Reading Inventory Administrator role are able to build and modify the structure of inventories.
Creating and Setting Up a Student Inventory Framework
To create a student inventory framework, select the Student Inventories option from the Assessments tab. The framework provides structure to the various assessments that will be created.
To create a new student inventory framework:
- Select New Student Inventory, located in the lower left corner.
- In the Inventory Creation Wizard, enter the name of the inventory, and select the subject.
- Click Next and Finish
Once finish is selected, the student inventory management screen will appear. This is where the languages, terms, overall levels, and task levels are determined for this specific inventory. Once the inventory framework is set up, assessments can be added to the inventory and will inherit these inventory settings.
The Settings tab displays the title, subject, languages, and terms of the inventory. English is the default language. Either rename the language, or enter additional languages in the text box below English. Hit the Enter key or click the green plus to add the language.
To add a term, enter the term in the text box, and hit the Enter key or click the green plus to add the term. Repeat this process to add all the terms for the inventory. Make sure that the green plus is selected to add the last term or it will not be added.
To reorder the terms or languages, click and drag the double blue arrows. To delete an entry, click the red X.
The Score Levels tab displays the overall levels and task levels for the inventory. All assessments created for this inventory will inherit these settings.
To add an entry, enter the level, choose a color to represent the level, and click the green plus. To delete an entry, click the red X. To reorder the entries, click and drag the double blue arrows.
**Note: The inventory cannot be saved until a language, term, overall level, and task level are entered!
Once the inventory is set up, click Save.
Creating an Assessment
Once the inventory framework is established using the manage option, assessments can be created. Without first entering in these building blocks, it is impossible to create assessments.
Use the New Student Inventory Assessment option in the bottom left to start the creation wizard.
- Select Create a new assessment or Copy an existing assessment and click Next.
- Select the inventory from the list and click Next.
- Enter the title for the assessment.
- Choose a language and term from the drop-down list.
Depending on the inventory chosen in the previous step, the language and term options will reflect the inventory settings.
- Choose a start and end date for entering the inventory scores.
Scores will not be able to be entered outside of this date range.
- Click Next.
- Select the campus(es) where the assessment will be administered.
- Click Next and Finish.
Once the assessment is created, overall levels need to be selected on the General tab. The levels selected in this step will determine the level choices the teacher can choose from when entering the inventory scores for a student. The assessment name, grade level, language, and term can also be edited on this tab. Click Save.
Assessments are composed of a series of tasks. Select the Tasks tab to add the tasks.
Note: Tasks are essentially questions or sub-assessments that a student is asked to complete. How well a student completes a task is measured within a particular range. For a fluency task, the range may be words per minute, but a letter sound identification task may be the number of letters successfully identified.
To create a task:
- Select Add Task from the top toolbar.
- Select the type of task from the list.
Numeric - A numeric score will limit the ranges to numbers.
Alphabetic - An alphabetic score will limit the ranges to letters.
Grade Level - A grade level score will limit the ranges to grade levels.