Are Skills Locators and Mastery Checks adaptive?
Skills LocatorsSkills Locators in mathematics, vocabulary and language usage are adaptive.
As of Fall 2018, Skills Locators in reading are also adaptive. When a student takes a Skills Locator in reading, the test will adapt to the student’s level, and determine the student’s instructional grade level.
Mastery ChecksMastery Checks in mathematics, vocabulary and language usage are pass or fail and are thus not adaptive. However, they will stop if a student has answered two questions incorrectly, or answered five correctly, since the standard for mastery is to answer five out of six questions correctly. This reduces assessment time. The Mastery Checks for mathematics, reading and language also will display a new set of items in a new order every time the assessment is given. Mastery Checks are not fixed-form.
Mastery Checks in reading are also not adaptive. A reading Mastery Check has two reading passages aligned to the text complexity of the chosen grade level. The student answers seven to nine questions (depending on the grade and strand) for each passage. Each question is aligned to a different reading skill.