Word Up Pre-Assessment, Post-Assessment & Diagnostic Test
The pre-assessment measures your students vocabulary levels before they begin The Word Up Project, and is presented in the same format and level of difficulty as the post-assessment. At the end of the unit, you will be able to measure vocabulary growth by comparing results on the pre- and post-assessment. If you choose to set up a student- and class-tracking system, the pre-assessment will be the first data point to track.
When you give the pre-assessment, you should not count the score toward students grades, as the purpose of the test is to determine how much students need to learn. If you tell your students that it does not count for a grade, explain that they should take the assessment seriously. Make sure to tell them that you don't expect them to know all the words.
If students do very well on the pre-assessment, it is important to stress that there are many other words that they will still learn, and that they will have the opportunity to become experts on the words they already know. However, if the majority of your class scores better than 80% on the pre-assessment, you may want to consider using the next level of The Word Up Project.
If you choose to do classroom tracking, you can share the students averages with them, but it is not necessary to review the answers at this time, as students will learn the words over the course of The Word Up Project.
You should give the post-assessment to your students upon completion of all units of The Word Up Project to measure vocabulary growth from the pre-assessment. You can also use the results of this test as a final data point on a class- or student-tracking chart. When you return the test, you should celebrate how much students have learned since they took the pre-assessment. We'd also love to know how well the program worked for your students. Feel free to email the results to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Word Up Pre- and Post-Assessments
Word Up Pre- and Post-Assessment Answer Keys
The diagnostic test is intended to help you determine the appropriate Word Up Project level for your class. You can find the test, answer key and details on administering and interpreting it here.