Student Item Analysis – Writing
About this report
Data Source: Check-in Year 6 Writing assessment
Updated: Writing reports will be updated following completion of marking (November)
Teachers, Principals, and school leaders can use this report to explore how the student has performed in the Year 6 Check-in writing assessment.
Directors, Educational Leadership, and Executive Directors can view all schools within their network.
How can I use this report?
This report will assist schools to identify students who may be in need of additional support to develop specific writing skills. The summary data can be sliced by Stage to identify performance at Stages 2, 3 and 4 of the NSW English K-10 syllabus. Use of this report will support reporting against School Excellence Framework elements: Student performance measures and Data skills and use.
What should I look for?
The purpose of Check-in Year 6 Writing assessment is to identify students’ current strengths and areas of need. This report allows schools to get a detailed overview of the student’s performance including areas of greatest strength and areas for improvement against eight criteria.
Notes about Year 6 Check-in Writing
Please note the following reasons why the Year 6 Check-in Writing Assessment is different to NAPLAN and therefore why the feedback in Scout should not be compared to NAPLAN results.
The Year 6 Check-in Writing assessment:
- is informative, not persuasive or narrative, because most subjects require explanations.
- is a formative assessment, not a summative assessment. The overall mark is irrelevant.
- is diagnostic – it does not rank students in bands or otherwise compare students.
- reports to teachers, not to students, however, teachers may provide feedback to students.
- focuses on capability, not errors. It identifies the ability demonstrated by the students.
- focuses on specific criteria linked to the National Literacy Learning Progression, not all writing skills. For example, it does not assess:
- tense, subject-verb agreement, noun agreement, articles, prepositions or apostrophes of possession.
- Another difference from NAPLAN is that apostrophes of contraction are not assessed in punctuation, but at score 2 in spelling, as that is where they are in the Learning Progression.
Diagnostic assessment requires a focus on specific skills. Therefore, indicators in the National Literacy Learning Progression have been identified so that teachers will know exactly what students have or have not demonstrated.
For example, the Sentence Structure criterion assesses the development of grammatical complexity in sentences as defined by the clause structure, not the students’ punctuation, so the students’ punctuation has been ignored by markers for this criterion and is marked separately. If students have low scores in Sentence Structure, they will need to learn how to combine simple sentences using subordinating conjunctions. If students are writing the way they speak, they may need work on developing their oral language.
On the other hand, the Punctuation criterion assesses whether students have correctly placed their full stops and clause commas and therefore it assesses their knowledge about clause structure and where sentences begin and end. These distinctions have been made in order to assess separate skills in the Sentence Structure and Punctuation criteria without overlap.
The reason why Sentence Structure criterion does NOT assess use of tense, subject-verb agreement, noun agreement, articles, prepositions or possessive apostrophes is because teachers would not know which of these language features require attention. Teachers may use a separate language assessment for these aspects of language.
Using the report
Select the results you want
The slicers at the top of the report allow you to select the results you want to be displayed.
The selection slicers
- Step 1 is required for data to be shown in the report. Select a school. Check you have the correct year to view results for, e.g. Year 2022.
- Step 2 is optional and allows for further refining by enrolment type, group type, student group, EAL/D, Gender, and/or Aboriginality if you want to do so.
- Step 3 is required to select a student to generate the report for. By default, the first student on the list will be selected.
If you do not make any selections in Step 2, the report will continue to show all results available to you under each of these categories.
View the charts
Your selections will automatically be applied to all sections of the report.
This section of the report will provide a quick snapshot of student writing performance.
Name of the student with SRN, achieved score, maximum possible score, and duration in minutes for writing attempt by the selected student.
Note: Students with non-attempts or suspected plagiarism (copy and paste from internet) are excluded from this report. Whereas a student score may be ‘0’ due to insufficient skills.
Student Results by Criteria
A multi-column chart displays student scores by criteria in the order: Text structure, Paragraphs, Ideas and elaboration, Vocabulary and technical language, Cohesion, Sentence structure, Punctuation, Spelling.
Response by Criteria
This table displays student’s performance by each writing criterion, Skills Description, Score, Progression Level, Progression Description and Syllabus Outcome
Highlight and hover
You can click on a particular region of the chart to cross-highlight similar information throughout the rest of the display.
You can download the results in this report for further analysis using the ‘More Options’ tab, which appears when you hover above the top right of some charts. Click on the three dots, or ellipsis, to bring up the menu, then select ‘Export data’.
Reset to default
If you wish to remove selections you have made and return to the initial view of the report, select ‘Reset to default’.
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