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LGL’s Formative Assessment Process

Accelerate Student Learning through
Progress Monitoring

Help your students soar with LGL formative assessments!

  • Special Education: measure individual student progress toward IEP goals
  • MTSS/RTI Processes: ensure academic achievement for all tiers
  • Pandemic Unfinished Learning: measure gaps in grade-level learning standards
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Formative Assessments with Teacher

The Big 3: Every Formative Assessment Process
Has to Answer These Three Questions

What are the end-of-year learning goals for each student?

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What has each student already mastered?


What does each student need to get to the next step?


Let’s Go Learn Answers “YES!” to All Three

What are the end-of-year learning goals for each student?

  • Our online adaptive diagnostic assessments in English Language Arts/reading and math, DORA and DOMA, use your State learning standards for each grade level.
  • DORA and DOMA can set an initial benchmark assessment of student mastery of learning standards and be used again at mid-year and end-of-year to track academic growth in students and evidence of student achievement.
  • Our built-in formative assessment tools provide continuous feedback for teachers so that ongoing instruction support mastery of grade-level standards.

What has each student already mastered?

  • Our diagnostic assessments analyze student learning gaps to ensure that teachers can gauge student progress over time.
  • Our data management system, LGL Active Pulse, provides easy-to-use narrative reports that precisely indicate each student’s instructional level, even when it is 3 or more years below grade level.
  • Teachers can queue pre-built skill quizzes and single-topic diagnostics for ongoing formative assessment feedback to students.
  • LGL Active Pulse uses real-time tracking and progress monitoring of formative assessments so teachers can adapt instructional strategies to student progress.

What does each student need to get to the next step?

  • Our supplemental interactive instruction, Math Edge and ELA/Reading Edge, addresses learning gaps identified by our diagnostic assessments.
  • Our formative assessment process with its prebuilt quizzes and tests provides teachers with ongoing feedback on student achievement.
  • LGL Active Pulse collects individual student data and posts it on individual and classroom reports for review by teachers, parents, and students.
  • LGL Active Pulse revises each student’s online supplemental learning path after they take formative assessments to ensure progress over time.

How does our formative assessment process work?

Achieve ongoing academic progress for all children with
LGL formative assessments.

  • Step 1: Identify student learning gaps
  • Step 2: Verify skill mastery with frequent skill quizzes
  • Step 3: Update instruction with single subject sub-diagnostic
  • Step 4: Continue verifying skill mastery with frequent skill quizzes
  • Step 4A: Continue using Active Pulse for real-time data reports, accurate progress monitoring, and vertically-scaled data views
  • Step 5: Repeat the cycle

LGL provides automated reporting and narratives for classroom teachers and parents of students.

Use our formative assessment process and watch your students grow!

  • Special Education
  • MTSS/RTI Processes
  • Pandemic Unfinished Learning
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LGL & Special Education: Legal & Academic Requirements

Compliance Requirements LGL Features Teacher & Student Benefits
Baseline data and identification of present levels (PLAAFP) for IEPs DOMA and DORA determines baseline data in vertically scaled, grade-level-scored dataset Sets baselines score as starting point. Qualitative data feeds IEPs. Estimated 50% IEP writing time.
Easy goal setting and measuring of progress towards these goals LGL’s Formative Assessments include automated quizzes and single-topic diagnostics that feed into the baseline dataset Easy targeting of gaps. Parents, teachers, and students have evidence of growth. Teachers know to adjust instruction if progress is not made.
Special education services must provide quarterly and annual standards-based compliance testing data Active Pulse provides one-click, realtime progress monitoring Growth in absolute grade-level-scores; easy to read; easy to run reports

LGL & MTSS/RTI Processes: Supporting Best Practices

Process Requirements LGL Features Teacher & Student Benefits
Diagnostic assessment of all students in Tier 2 or 3 DOMA and DORA provide both screening and diagnostic data. Sorting into whole group, small group, and intense individual Scalable manner to collect diagnostic data; Supports different intervention models; Targets gaps
Accelerated achievement gains Features built-in instruction linked to initial diagnostic data and that self-adjusts with progress monitoring Improves teacher effectiveness
Progress monitoring Weekly or biweekly assessments; Tests skills; Adaptive tests individual scope and sequenced subskills Turnkey progress monitoring. Improves teacher effectiveness with early opportunity to adjust if intervention is not working

LGL & Pandemic Unfinished Learning: Grade-Level Focus

Process Requirements LGL Features Teacher & Student Benefits
Identify learning gaps Full diagnostic range for each student: K-12 in reading and K-9 in math No guessing about what each student didn’t learn or about gaps in mastery
Provide rapid intervention at the start of the year Supplemental standalone program; use at home or in-class Front-loaded intervention option at the start of the year. Supplemental intervention for on-going program models
Progress monitor to ensure that gaps are being closed Yes, short quizzes and tests feed into the same baseline data set for faster and easier monitoring Easy to use for teachers.
Less testing time for students
Teacher Shares a Journey

Start the Journey with Let’s Go Learn

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The Power of Technology & Research-Based Assessments

“In 2000, Let’s Go Learn rolled out one of the first standards-based, computer-adaptive diagnostic assessments in reading and math: DORA and ADAM.

In 2020, we added an automated formative assessment process: standards-based skills quizzes, single-topic diagnostics, and Active Pulse* progress monitoring.”

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Let's Go Learn CEO Richard Capone

—Richard Capone
CEO and Co-founder

*Active Pulse provides real-time progress monitoring because all data is in the same vertically aligned data-set.

Common Questions

What is formative assessment?

CCSSO Updates Formative Assessment Definition

Always at the forefront, we’ve updated our system to match CCSSO’s rethinking of formative assessment as a collaboration process for teaching and learning.


“Formative assessment is a planned, ongoing process used by all students and teachers during learning and teaching to elicit and use evidence of student learning to improve student understanding of intended disciplinary learning outcomes and support students to become self-directed learners.”

—”Revising the Definition of Formative Assessment”, CCSSO, June 2021

Do you have an instructional component that works with your assessment process?

LGL Math Edge and ELA/Reading Edge provide instruction automatically driven by assessment data.

Scaffolded Instruction

How does LGL’s formative process work with the equity goal of our school’s MTSS process?

Our Formative Assessment Process Ensures Equity

  • Builds on assessments that find students’ true instructional points irrespective of their grade-level
  • Correlated to learning standards
  • Single vertically scaled dataset
  • Easily integrated into any instructional program
  • Immediate evidence of student learning
  • Quick delivery of teacher feedback
  • Teacher-initiated assessments with content-aligned items
Student Gain Report

Can you recommend resources for learning more about formative assessment?

There are a number of educational and medical articles that are helpful in developing a rich understanding of formative assessment.

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