ADAM Reporting Updates
We recently made two adjustments to ADAM K-7 reporting based on feedback from teachers.
1) We have added a red asterisk next to any sub-test that the student performed below grade level on. In the summary report, when students performed below the lowest leveled construct within a particular sub-test, there was no performance bar indicating the student’s level of performance on the graph. As a result, teachers could not determine whether the student's performance was below or at/above grade-level, which was otherwise indicated by the color of the bar for subtests where students had some mastery. In the example below, the student is in the fifth grade. For the sub-test "Vol. & Surface Area," the student attempted this sub-test but did not answer any questions correctly in the lowest construct. Thus, this red asterisk provides the visual indicator that the student is below-grade on the "Vol. & Surface Area" sub-test. An asterisk by any sub-test indicates below-grade performance.
2) We adjusted our "below-grade" threshold. This affects the summary reports as well as the summary view of the teacher's scores and reports page. A sub-test score is reported as being below-grade if the student's score is 0.25 or more years below the student's decimal equivalent grade level. For example, a fifth grade student at the middle of the school year would be in grade 5.5. If he received a sub-test score of 5.2, he would be considered below-grade in this sub-test since the gap would be 5.2 minus 5.5 which equals -0.3 years. Because ADAM K-7 is a criterion-referenced assessment, this change does not affect any scores. It is only affecting how we label "below-grade" sub-tests.