SMI College & Career Software Manual

SMI College & Career Software Manual
SMI College & Career
Software Manual
For use with SMI College & Career version 2.4 or later
and Scholastic Achievement Manager version 2.4 or later
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Table of Contents
Introduction...............................................................................3 Student Accessibility.................................................................................. 4 Overview....................................................................................5 SMI College & Career Assessments ......................................................... 5 Logging In .................................................................................6 Student Access Screen ............................................................................. 6 The Login Screen ...................................................................................... 8 Using SMI College & Career ..................................................10 Early Numeracy Screener ....................................................................... 10 Fact Screener .......................................................................................... 11 Practice Test............................................................................................ 14 The Scored Test ...................................................................................... 18 Using the Calculator ................................................................................ 20 Using the Formulas ................................................................................. 21 Completing the Test and Exiting SMI College & Career ......................... 22 Saving and Returning to the Scored Test ............................................... 23 SMI College & Career Mobile Access ...................................24 Accessing SMI College & Career With Safari or Google Chrome ........... 24 Mobile Device Functionality ..................................................................... 24 Downloading and Configuring the SMI College & Career App ................ 25 Guided Access ........................................................................................ 26 Technical Support ..................................................................27 SMI College & Career v2.4 Software Manual
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Introduction
SMI College & Career is a computer-adaptive assessment that measures student
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math achievement and reports results based on the Quantile Framework for
Mathematics. This software manual explains SMI College & Career and describes
the student test-taking experience.
SMI College & Career works with Scholastic Central, the new teaching
management system. Users upgrading from earlier versions of Scholastic Math
Inventory will recognize Scholastic Achievement Manager (SAM) functions in
Scholastic Central, along with many new, innovative features that will provide
teachers with tools and resources needed for effective teaching and successful
implementation.
Like SAM, Scholastic Central allows teachers and administrators to enroll students
in Scholastic programs, customize program settings, schedule and run reports, and
access education and professional development resources. Scholastic Central also
takes student and class data from SAM and presents it in graphic, tabular, and
dynamic ways to provide a detailed status of student performance and usage that
is updated in real time.
For information on program settings in SMI College & Career and on generating
SMI College & Career reports, see Using Scholastic Central With SMI College &
Career. For information on installing SMI College & Career software, see the SMI
College & Career Installation Guide. For other information, see the chart below.
All manuals are available at the Scholastic Education Product Support website
(www.scholastic.com/education/productsupport).
For information on:
Download this manual:
SMI College & Career program
settings and generating SMI
College & Career reports in SAM
Installing SMI College & Career
software
Getting started with SAM and
setting up accounts at the district
and school levels
Adding and enrolling students in
SAM
SAM Resources
Using Scholastic Central With SMI
College & Career
SMI College & Career
Installation Guide
Getting Started With
Scholastic Achievement Manager
Using SAM Connect
Using SAM services, functions, and
data
Using Scholastic Hosting Services
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Enrolling and Managing Students Using
Scholastic Achievement Manager
Using Resources in
Scholastic Achievement Manager
SAM Connect User’s Guide
SAM Data Management Manual
Scholastic Hosting Services
User’s Guide
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Student Accessibility
SMI College & Career provides accessibility features that can enable some visually
impaired students to use the application. The contrast setting, for example, will
help a student who has trouble reading black text on a white background.
SMI College & Career does not provide textual equivalence to bitmap-rendered
content. Students who are dependent on a Braille or text-to-speech device will be
unable to use the application. Also, though closed captions are available for the
hearing impaired, the application does not provide a description of the video, nor
does it provide the closed-caption text in text format (it is available only as a
display).
Browser-based accessibility features, such as screen and font magnifiers, are not
tested by Scholastic and may not be compatible with SMI College & Career. Even
in cases when the features may work with the program, the input focus is not set to
allow students using screen magnifiers to follow the onscreen changes. Similarly,
changing display settings may render the program unusable. Students needing to
see larger text should use an external screen magnifier rather than change display
settings or use a feature of the browser program.
Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, as well as Internet Explorer, Firefox,
and Safari browser programs, offer a range of accessibility features that may
enable users with disabilities to, among other things, perform basic navigation with
a keyboard instead of a mouse by using the Tab key.
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Overview
SMI College & Career is an adaptive assessment that measures math
achievement and growth from kindergarten to Algebra II, based on the Quantile
Framework.
SMI College & Career has a bank of over 5,000 test items across the strands of
mathematics as defined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The
strands are: number and operations; algebraic thinking; pattern and proportional
reasoning geometry; measurement and data; statistics and probability; and
expressions and equations, algebra, and functions. Results are reported in both
criterion-referenced and norm-referenced terms, indicating students’ mathematical
achievement levels on a universal scale as well as measuring their results against
those of their peers.
SMI College & Career has three parts: the Early Numeracy Screener (kindergarten
and Grade 1) or Fact Screener (Grades 2 and higher), the Practice Test, and the
SMI Scored Test. Upon completing the SMI Scored Test, students receive their
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Quantile measures. Students’ Quantile measures are automatically recorded in
SAM. Teachers and administrators may view and use this data in Scholastic
Central to evaluate student performance, monitor progress, identify student needs,
and generate reports (for more information see Using Scholastic Central With
SMI College & Career at the Scholastic Education Product Support website,
www.scholastic.com/smi/productsupport).
SMI College & Career Assessments
SMI College & Career contains two types of assessments that cover kindergarten
through Algebra II. Both assessments align to state standards. Students take only
the assessment appropriate for their grade level.
Teacher Tip
Before students take the SMI test, review test-taking strategies and the format
of the computer-based assessment for more accurate results. See the
Professional Learning Guide for suggestions.
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Logging In
Student Access Screen
Students are enrolled in SMI College & Career through Scholastic Achievement
Manager (SAM). See Enrolling and Managing Students Using Scholastic
Achievement Manager for detailed instructions on enrolling students.
Once students are enrolled in SMI College & Career, they may log in to the
program through the Student Access Screen on the student workstation or mobile
device. To open the Student Access Screen, open the workstation’s browser
program and use the Student Access Screen bookmark (see the SMI College &
Career Installation Guide for help with bookmarking the Student Access Screen).
The Student Access Screen displays icons for all of the district’s Scholastic
products.
To open the SMI College & Career Login Screen, click the SMI College & Career
icon at the bottom of the screen.
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Students using SMI College & Career with MATH 180 may also access SMI
College & Career from the MATH 180 access screen. Click the SMI College &
Career icon to go to the Login Screen.
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The Login Screen
From the Login Screen, students type their usernames and passwords and click
Go On to start the test.
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After students log in, they see an introduction screen that displays instructions for
the part of the SMI College & Career assessment they are about to begin. The
instructions are also read aloud. Click the speaker icon to hear the instructions
read again. The screen also shows the basic commands that appear throughout
the program:
• English: Click to have onscreen directions shown and audio directions read in
English. This is the default setting.
• Español: Click to have onscreen directions shown and audio directions read in
Spanish.
• Help: Click for audio help with using the program.
• Skip: Click to skip the question. Students may skip up to three questions in the
SMI Scored Test; skipped questions do not count against a student’s score.
• Next: Click to go on to the next screen or question.
Students in kindergarten
and Grade 1 see simpler
onscreen instructions
along with audio
directions.
After reading the
instructions, students
click Next to go to their
appropriate Screener.
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Using SMI College & Career
SMI College & Career has three parts: the Early Numeracy Screener (kindergarten
and Grade 1) or Fact Screener (Grades 2 and higher), the Practice Test, and the
SMI Scored Test.
Early Numeracy Screener
The Early Numeracy Screener asks students in kindergarten and Grade 1 to count
and identify numerals and make quantity comparisons; it also measures students’
ability to use the computer and pointer. It also includes simple instructions read
aloud that explain the importance of answering the questions quickly to
demonstrate fluency.
In the first part of the Early Numeracy Screener, students are asked to select the
correct number of stars they see on the screen by clicking the number. In the
second part of the screener, students are asked to choose which group of tiles
contains more tiles by choosing the corresponding color’s field at the bottom of the
screen.
Students who do not score sufficiently on the Screener see a message to discuss
their results with their teacher, who may then determine if the student should take
the Early Numeracy Screener again.
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Fact Screener
The Fact Screener identifies students in Grades 2 and higher who may need work
on math fact fluency. It is made up of a Typing Warm-Up and an Addition Fact
Screener, and students in Grades 4 and up also see a Multiplication Fact
Screener. The Fact Screener also includes simple instructions, both written and
read aloud, that explain the importance of answering math facts quickly to
demonstrate fluency.
In the Typing Warm-Up, students practice typing numbers as fast as they can to
get comfortable finding numbers on the keyboard or number pad and typing them
quickly. Students are asked to type four numbers. After typing each number, they
click Next to go on to the next number.
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After finishing the Typing Warm-Up, students are instructed to move to the Addition
Fact Screener and Multiplication Fact Screener.
In the Addition Fact Screener, students answer 10 addition facts as quickly as they
can. Students type an answer and click Next to go to the next fact.
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In the Multiplication Fact Screener, students in Grades 4 or higher answer 10
multiplication facts as quickly as they can. Students type an answer and click Next
to go to the next fact. After the last fact, clicking Next takes students to the Practice
Test. The results of the Fact Screener are recorded in SAM. These results indicate
which students may need work on fact fluency and which students are fluent on the
tested facts in addition or multiplication.
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Practice Test
The Practice Test prepares students for the Scored Test by determining if students
understand how to use the computer to answer questions. The Practice Test
familiarizes students with the program, the calculator, and the SMI College &
Career formula lists. Practice Test answers do not count toward students’ final
Quantile measures.
Students in Grades 3
and higher may
practice using the
calculator (page 20) by
clicking the Calculator
button and review the
formulas (page 21) by
clicking the Formulas
button prior to
beginning the Practice
Test.
Teacher Tip
This screen is not visible if the district administrator has disabled the calculator
and formula features.
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After clicking Next, students see an instruction screen that describes the basic
functions of the assessment. The instructions are also read aloud. To disable the audio
instructions, click the speaker icon.
Kindergarten and Grade 1 students receive only audio instructions.
To hear the audio instructions read aloud in Spanish, and see Spanish onscreen
instructions, click Español.
Click Next to move to the first question.
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The Practice Test in both assessments consists of three to five questions. Practice
Test questions are targeted to allow students to answer without difficulty. All
questions are multiple choice, with four answer choices. To select an answer:
1.
Click an answer from the list of choices to select it.
2.
Click Next to record the answer choice and advance to the next question.
To change an answer, click a different answer choice before clicking Next or
pressing Enter or Return. Students may not go back to a question to change the
answer once they have submitted it.
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Students may skip up to three questions in the Scored Test. Clicking Skip opens a
confirmation screen. Click Yes to skip the question or No to return to the test. The
Skip button shows how many skips the student has left.
Students who answer any of the first three practice questions incorrectly see a
message prompting them to seek help from their teacher. Students may be having
difficulty navigating the keyboard, understanding the questions or the format of the
test, or processing the instructions. Once teachers have addressed these or other
issues, students may click OK to answer two more practice questions. Students
may also log out of the Practice Test and return to it when they log back in to SMI
College & Career.
Teacher Tip
Students see only the Practice Test the first time they take SMI, unless their
program settings are set to show the Practice Test every time they take a new
test. Students who need to pause the Practice Test may continue the test the
next time they log in.
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The Scored Test
When students finish the Practice Test, they are prompted to begin the Scored
Test. Students are reminded that from this point on all answers count toward the
SMI College & Career score. Students click Next to begin the Scored Test or the
speaker icon to hear the instructions again.
Students who answer a question incorrectly in less than five seconds see a
message encouraging them to focus on the question.
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The Scored Test consists of 25–45 questions across the mathematics strands:
number and operations; algebraic thinking; pattern and proportional reasoning
geometry; measurement and data; statistics and probability; and expressions and
equations, algebra, and functions. SMI College & Career is adaptive and measures
students’ responses as they move through the Scored Test. The Scored Test
follows a strand profile based on grade, and students’ questions follow the profile.
Each question’s difficulty level is based on whether the student has correctly or
incorrectly answered the preceding question. As with the Practice Test, all
questions are multiple choice, with four answer choices.
To select an answer:
1.
Click an answer from the list of choices to select it.
2.
Click Next to record the answer choice and advance to the next question.
To hear the question or the answer choices read aloud, click the audio icons.
Students may change an answer by clicking a different choice before clicking Next
or pressing Enter or Return. They may not change a submitted answer. When
students answer enough questions to determine a Quantile measure, the Scored
Test ends.
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Using the Calculator
SMI College & Career includes two types of onscreen calculators. The type of
calculator provided depends on the difficulty of the question. Students see a fourfunction calculator for questions written for grades up to Grade 5; for Grades 6 and
higher, students use the scientific calculator.
The calculator is not available for every question. On the Scored Test, the
calculator is disabled for questions that measure students’ calculation skill. Users
with administrator permissions may disable the calculator for all SMI items or for all
students in a school or district. Without the use of a calculator, students may find
that problems are harder than expected, which may affect the students’ scores.
Students may practice using the calculator before and during the Practice Test.
To open the calculator, click the Calculator button in the lower center part of the
screen, or use the keyboard by following these steps:
1.
Press the Tab key to activate the keyboard selection process, then highlight
the calculator.
2.
Press the Space Bar to open the calculator.
3.
Click the “X” icon on the calculator to close it.
Students may use the calculator with the mouse, or the computer’s keyboard and
number pad.
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Using the Formulas
SMI College & Career includes three types of onscreen formula lists that contain
useful formulas. The type of formula list provided depends on the difficulty of the
question. Students see a basic formula list for questions written for Grades 3–5; for
Grades 6–8, students see a more detailed list; and students in Grades 9 and
higher see a still more detailed formula list.
Users with administrator permissions may disable the formulas for all SMI items or
for all students in a school or district. Without referring to formulas when
appropriate, students may find that problems are harder than expected, which may
affect the students’ scores.
To open the formula lists, click the Formulas button at the lower part of the screen
or use the keyboard by following these steps:
1.
Press the Tab key to activate the keyboard selection process and highlight
the Formulas button.
2.
Press the space bar to open the formulas.
3.
Click the “X” icon on the formula list to close it.
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Completing the Test and Exiting SMI College & Career
When students complete the Scored Test, the program displays a Quantile
measure for that student. To exit the program, click Next.
This closes SMI College & Career, and students’ scores are recorded in SAM and
shown in Scholastic Central.
Teacher Tip
Use the SMI College & Career Program Settings in SAM to disable displaying
Quantile measures onscreen. See Using Scholastic Central With SMI College
& Career for more information.
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Saving and Returning to the Scored Test
Students who must interrupt their Scored Tests may do so by clicking Log Out.
This opens a confirmation window. Students who click No return to their work.
Students who want to save their results and continue the test at their next login
click Yes.
Click OK from the next screen to exit SMI College & Career.
At next login, students see a screen reminding them that they are starting from the
point at which they exited at their last login.
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SMI College & Career Mobile Access
SMI College & Career is fully compatible with mobile devices that have either
Safari or Google Chrome installed.
Teachers and students may access the SMI College & Career student software
either through Safari or Google Chrome or by downloading and configuring the SMI
College & Career app.
Accessing SMI College & Career With Safari or Google Chrome
To access SMI College & Career using Safari or Google Chrome, open the
browser and enter the SAM Server URL or Scholastic URL in the address field,
then tap Go from the keyboard. This will open the Student Access Screen (page 6).
Tap the SMI College & Career icon from the Student Access Screen to move to the
login screen (page 8).
Mobile Device Functionality
SMI College & Career functions identically on a workstation or mobile device, with
the exception that users tap buttons and links on the user interface, rather than use
a mouse or pointer as they do on workstations.
Number Pad
In the Fact Screener (page 11), a number pad appears onscreen in the mobile app.
Tap the numbers to enter an answer, then tap Submit to move to the next question.
To move the number pad, tap and drag it to a different part of the screen.
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Downloading and Configuring the SMI College & Career App
To download and access the SMI
College & Career app, devices
must meet the following
requirements:
•
•
•
iPad 2 or later
iOS version 7.0 or later
Headphone recommended
(available separately)
When these requirements are
met, download the SMI College &
Career app from the iTunes App Store.
Prior to opening the app, tap the Settings icon on
the iPad Home Screen.
Tap the SMI link from the
Settings menu.
In the Site ID field, enter the host
ID if the district’s SAM Server is
hosted by Scholastic. The host ID
is the number that starts with h1
followed by eight digits in the
SAM Server URL:
• SAM Server URL:
http://h100000000.education.scholastic.com/ScholasticCentral
• Host ID: h100000000
If the district SAM Server is locally installed, enter the server URL in the Site ID
field:
• http://[SAM Server Name or IP Address]:55880
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SAM Server URL information is also available from the district SAM administrator.
Press the Home button to return to the iPad Home Screen. Tap the app to open it
and move to the SMI College & Career login screen (page 8).
Guided Access
Guided Access is an iOS function that allows users to modify their device settings.
Teachers and administrators may use Guided Access to control which iPad
functions and buttons are enabled or disabled for student use. For more
information on accessing and using Guided Access, see the iPad User Guide
available at www.apple.com.
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Technical Support
For questions or other support needs, visit the Scholastic Education Product
Support website at www.scholastic.com/smi/productsupport.
At the site, users will find program documentation, manuals, and guides, as well as
Frequently Asked Questions and live chat support.
For specific questions regarding the Scholastic program suite, contact customer
service to speak to a representative for each Scholastic Education program at:
• 1-800-283-5974 (all Scholastic Education technology programs)
• 1-800-927-0189 (other versions)
For specific questions about using SAM with your Scholastic programs, click Help
in the Quick Links section along the top of any screen in SAM.
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