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LAUSD Assessment Program

LAUSD Assessment Program

Introduction

LAUSD has partnered with Amplify to use mCLASS:DIBELS Next and TRC (TK-5) to readily and reliably determine student progress in the foundational skills of literacy.

The Common Core State Standards affirm that it is essential for students to “Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. By learning to decipher word forms students will be able to access word meanings in print, and make the shift to independent, close reading of complex text.”

The program involves:

  • Universal screening — benchmark assessment three times per year.
  • Use of the DIBELS Next and TRC measures as diagnostic tools to determine student skill needs.
  • Use of TRC to determine instructional reading levels.
  • Progress monitoring students between benchmark windows using grade-level and “out of level” measures to inform student acquisition of a single, targeted skill, and to modify instruction.

LAUSD = Los Angeles Unified School District

DIBELS = Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills

TRC = Text Reading and Comprehension

Click here for more information on the LAUSD policy for 2018-2019.

Notable Updates

All schools now have access to DIBELS Next and TRC for Grades TK-5! Visit Program Details for more information.

LAUSD Single Sign-On

Amplify has made changes so you can use single sign-on (SSO) to access Amplify Home and the mCLASS app. Your experience with Amplify Home and the mCLASS app will be the same, but you will use a different web address to log in to Amplify Home and set up the mCLASS app to assess your students.

To access Amplify Home:

Go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com.

On the LAUSD Single Sign-on page, enter your LAUSD email and password to log in.

If you are not directed to the LAUSD Single Sign-on page (as shown above), clear your browser cache and then go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com again.

To access mCLASS Assessments:

Go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment.

On the LAUSD Single Sign-on page, enter your LAUSD email and password to log in.

If you are not directed to the LAUSD Single Sign-on page (as shown above), clear your browser cache and then go to https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment again.

To update the mCLASS app for SSO:

If you previously used the mCLASS app to assess students and would like to use the mCLASS app with SSO, follow these steps to update the app:

  1. Sync the mCLASS app.
  2. Delete the mCLASS app from your device’s home screen or desktop.
  3. Locate the directions for installing the mCLASS app on your operating system in the corresponding Best Practices guide:
    – Windows 7
    – Windows 8 and 10
    – iOS
    – Chromebook
  4. Follow the directions as written, but instead of using the mclasshome.com/assessment URL, use: https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment.
    Create a shortcut on your device home screen for https://lausd.mclasshome.com/assessment.
  5. You may now use your SSO username and password to log in to the mCLASS app.

You can download a printable PDF version of these instructions for your reference.

Attention iOS device users:

You must sync your device before upgrading your iOS version. If you update your iOS version before syncing, all unsynced mCLASS data will be lost since any Apple-related software updates clear Safari’s cache memory. If your device prompts you to upgrade your iOS version, tap cancel or close to decline and then sync your assessments.

We encourage you to follow best practices and sync your assessment data regularly. Establishing a regular sync routine helps ensure that your assessment data isn’t lost due to device changes, software updates, or any unforeseen issues. A PDF of sync best practices is available here.

Program Details

How DIBELS Next works

Quickly identify the needs of each student and inform next steps with instant analysis, reports, and instructional planning tools included in the only licensed mobile version of the research-based DIBELS Next assessment.

  • Use short, 1-minute fluency measures for foundational reading skills.
  • Replace manual calculations with instant results and recommended activities.
  • Compare student progress with predictive, research-based benchmark goals.
  • Track progress and target instruction to individual student needs.
  • Use aggregate reports to support decision-making at every level.

How TRC (Text Reading & Comprehension) works

After completing the mCLASS:DIBELS Next foundational skills assessment, teachers record observations with a running record to quickly analyze reading comprehension. They assign reading levels and monitor progress to support mastery of increasingly complex texts.

  • Quickly log observations and easily identify error patterns for any level.
  • Compare student progress with predictive, research-based benchmark goals.
  • Translate assessment data into instructional support.
  • Track progress and target instruction to individual student needs.

How mCLASS® Now What?® Tools work

All schools in LAUSD have access to mCLASS® Now What?® Tools, which can help you use your benchmark data to individualize instruction for each student. You can access the following tools at Amplify Home > My Assessments > DIBELS Next (in the upper-left corner you will see a “Now What? Tools” button). View our Now What? Tools webcast for overviews of the tools.

  • mCLASS® Item-Level Advisor automatically highlights important patterns, offering detailed analysis and suggesting next steps for targeted instruction.
  • mCLASS® Small-Group Advisor uses results to create optimal groups of students with similar needs and selects targeted instructional activities at the appropriate level.
  • mCLASS® Home Connect® allows you to easily provide parents with progress reports and specific activities to help bolster students’ learning at home.

How Burst:Reading works

Generate small groups and target intervention for each group in just a click, with a high-tech, human-touch solution that provides engaging instructional content and activities to bring the lessons to life. With Burst:Reading you can:

  • Quickly analyze assessment and progress-monitoring data.
  • Create and customize skills-based intervention groups.
  • Download short bursts of instruction for each group.
  • Adapt lessons to the skill, pace, and style needed for each student.

To purchase or renew your Burst:Reading subscription, please contact Carolyn Busa at cbusa@amplify.com.

Resources

Online tutorials

Getting started: helpful sites and guides

Product: information and documents

Technology requirements: devices and browser information

Benchmark Windows 2018-2019 school year

Beginning of Year (BOY)

mCLASS®:DIBELS Next®, TRC, & mCLASS®:IDEL®

  • 8/6/18 – 9/21/18

Middle of Year (MOY)

mCLASS®:DIBELS Next®, TRC, & mCLASS®:IDEL®

  • 11/26/18 – 2/15/19

End of Year (EOY)

mCLASS®:DIBELS Next®, TRC, & mCLASS®:IDEL®

  • 5/1/19 – 6/7/19

Burst:Reading

Visit BurstBase to learn how to use Burst, see what’s new, and find everything you need to deliver daily lessons.

Amplify Reading

Introducing Amplify Reading: K-2, a new digital supplemental curriculum that teaches literacy skills through a captivating game world. Amplify Reading: K-2 is powered by a school’s mCLASS data, providing students with targeted opportunities to grow in the reading skills they need the most while having fun.

Launching Amplify Reading: K-2 at Your School

The full Amplify Reading K-2 Launch Packet is available for download here and includes all of the information that LAUSD K-2 teachers in title 1 schools need to support classroom launch! Documents are available for individual download at the links below.

Login guidance

Need Support?

Call Amplify at: (800) 823-1969 and then press the following on your keypad:

  1. 1 (Existing Partners),
  2. 1 (Technical Support), and
  3. 6 (LAUSD Amplify Reading: K-2 users).

Email: reading@amplify.com

Chat: Use the intercom feature within the Amplify Reading: K-2 Teacher Dashboard:

  • Log in to lausd.mclasshome.com.
  • Then, click the Amplify Reading tile in the center of the page.
  • Once on the platform, click the orange chat icon in the lower right-hand corner to chat with an Amplify representative.

Additional Resources: To see additional support resources and information, click Teacher Guide at the top of your teacher dashboard.

Product Overview and Features

Watch the video below for an overview of the Amplify Reading: K-2’s features and structure!

Watch the video below to learn about the different ways teachers can view student performance data in real time to seamlessly support student learning.

Amplify Science for LAUSD

Amplify Science, which was written and developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, is a K-8 science curriculum specifically designed to meet 100% of the NGSS requirements. Students learn to investigate, talk, read, write, think, and argue like real scientists and engineers through investigations of real-world problems and scientific phenomena.

Please visit the site to learn more today: amplify.com/science/lausd​

Contact Us

Questions?

Amplify Customer Services
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Eastern
(800) 823-1969
help@amplify.com