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North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment for Reading

North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment for Reading

Introduction

Welcome!

This website provides resources, guidance, and updates to support your schools and staff in implementing the Diagnostic Assessment program and mCLASS:Reading 3D.

mCLASS:Reading 3D (Atlas Edition)

Please review this document, which contains the Implementation Policy and Guidelines for the new North Carolina mCLASS:Reading 3D assessment for 2018-2019.

Written Response to Text (Written Comprehension) Questions

To download the Written Response to Text Questions, log in to Amplify Home, click the Training tile, and go to mCLASS:Reading 3D. Click the link titled mCLASS:Reading 3D Amplify Atlas Written Comprehension Questions. See this document for more details.

Single Sign-On

It is now a requirement for NC school/LEA staff members to access mCLASS through Single Sign-On (SSO) via the NCEdCloud. Use your NC UID and password to log in:

Bookmark these addresses now for future use.

Please note: you can no longer log in to mclasshome.com or mclasshome.com/assessment using your mCLASS credentials. If you try to log in using mCLASS credentials, you will receive an error message. 

To have access via SSO, educators must have the appropriate mCLASS Role in PowerSchool. If you have new staff members who need access to mCLASS, they must have an mCLASS role assigned in PowerSchool as well as a UID. You must add them into PowerSchool first, which will then allow them to be added to mCLASS only if they have their UID and mCLASS role assigned. On 8/13/18, Amplify started pulling staff on a nightly basis from PowerSchool, so staff will be added to mCLASS within a day. mCLASS access will be determined by mCLASS role in PowerSchool.
To assist in determining which staff members have already been associated with mCLASS roles in PowerSchool, NCDPI created a “SqlReport4” report. This report will output the staff members whose mCLASS roles have been determined. Please contact your PowerSchool LEA Coordinator for support. Please note if the user is listed multiple times, the system will default to the lowest level role; therefore, users should only have one role.

PowerSchool Roles

mCLASS Admin (System Access)

Allows staff members to view all assessment results, modify staff and student rosters, and create classes. This level is intended for Administrators, Technical Support, School System Managers, Literacy Coaches/Facilitators, and Master Literacy Trainers. This is the highest level of access in the mCLASS system; it allows users to access the Admin Tab on the home page.

mCLASS Specialist (Full Access)

Allows staff members to view all assessment results and modify their personal information. This level is intended for Administrators who need to view but not maintain the mCLASS system, as well as Specialists working with multiple classes. Principals, Assistant Principals, EC teachers, and grade level teams may fall in this role.

mCLASS Teacher (Standard Access)

Allows staff members to view their classes’ assessment results and modify their personal information. This level is intended for classroom teachers.

Please be sure to share this information with your district and school technology leaders.

Troubleshooting Enrollment Issues

  • If you have issues regarding duplicate students in mCLASS or any problems related to assessment data, please contact Amplify Customer Services at (800) 823-1969 or help@amplify.com.
  • If you have issues regarding missing enrollment data (students and staff) or anything related to PowerSchool, please open a Remedy Ticket with the Help Desk at DPI.

More Information

  • Detailed instructions for using SSO are available in this document.
  • Frequently asked questions about SSO are available here.
  • Please contact Amplify Customer Services at (800) 823-1969, your Educational Partnership Manager, or your NC K-3 Literacy Consultant with any other questions you might have.

Program Updates

We would like to take this time to share some important reminders for the upcoming school year!

Welcome Back from Pamela Shue

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the NC Amplify Team would like to extend a warm welcome to all North Carolina educators as we start the 2018-2019 school year. We are thrilled to be able to continue our partnership as we work to build a foundation for all K-3 students. We expect this to be the best year yet, as we introduce new enhancements from Amplify and expand our knowledge of mCLASS:Reading 3D. Please let our team from NCDPI and Amplify know if you have any questions! Let’s make this a fantastic year!

BOY Window

The Beginning of Year (BOY) window opens on Sept. 4 and closes on Sept. 24. If you need your window open prior to this date or need an extension, please contact your DPI consultant, who will approve the request and update Amplify.

New Text Reading and Comprehension (TRC) Book Set!

North Carolina schools will use the mCLASS:Reading 3D Atlas book set for the 2018-2019 school year. You should expect your new kits by August 29.
Year round school or early start school? You should have already received kits and be licensed to the Atlas book set on mCLASS. Please make sure you are using the correct book set before you begin assessing students.

Atlas Kits

Please be sure to check your inventory sheet to ensure you have all your books. If materials are missing or damaged, please contact Amplify Customer Services at (800) 823-1969 or help@amplify.com.

Professional Learning Resources

mCLASS:Reading 3D has a lot of new features this year! A list of required assessments can be found here. New to Reading 3D? Amplify’s training site (requires Amplify login) contains online materials for mCLASS:Reading 3D and mCLASS:IDEL.​ To access these resources, log in to Amplify Home and click Training on the Amplify home page.

Enrollment and Classing (NEW!)

We’re excited to announce that Amplify will support “classing” this school year! Amplify will be pulling class codes from PowerSchool in order to create classes in mCLASS. Please make sure your class codes are correct in PowerSchool. Further guidance will come from DPI.

Burst:Reading

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

Latest Newsletter

Newsletter Archives

Previous issues of the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment Newsletter have been archived and remain available for download here.

Resources

DPI K-3 Literacy

Written Response to Text (Written Comprehension) Questions

To download the Written Response to Text Questions, log in to Amplify Home, click the Training tile, and go to mCLASS:Reading 3D. Click the link titled mCLASS:Reading 3D Amplify Atlas Written Comprehension Questions. See this document for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

mCLASS:Reading 3D Benchmark Comparison Templates

Implementation: Helpful Hints and Guides

Support & Resource Center on Amplify Home

  • Find resources to help answer your questions about mCLASS on this page

Research: Case Studies and Program Alignment

Product: Information and Documents

Spanish: mCLASS:IDEL

Technology Requirements: Devices and Browser Information

Videos: Webcasts and Presentations

In the News

Greetings from Amplify

Amplify deeply values our partnership with North Carolina’s educators. We are proud of our contributions to the state’s overall success, which is evident in its climbing fourth grade NAEP proficiency rates. We look forward to continued collaboration towards a goal of helping every child become a successful reader.

Contact Us

Questions?

If you have any additional questions, please contact:

NCDPI Contacts

Pamela Shue
Acting Director, K-3 Literacy
pamela.shue@ncdpi.gov

Abbey Whitford
Region 1 Consultant
Region 2 Consultant
abbey.whitford@dpi.nc.gov

Claudia Lanier
Region 3 Consultant
claudia.lanier@dpi.nc.gov

Tonia Parrish
Region 4 Consultant
tonia.parrish@dpi.nc.gov

Rebecca Belcastro
Region 5 Consultant
Charter School Consultant
rebecca.belcastro@dpi.nc.gov

Judy Goins
Region 6 Consultant
Judy.Goins@dpi.nc.gov

Mia Johnson
Region 7 Consultant
mia.johnson@dpi.nc.gov

Kim McWhirter
Region 8 Consultant
kimberli.mcwhirter@dpi.nc.gov

Amplify Contacts

Debbie Owens
Regional Vice President of Educational Partnerships
dowens@amplify.com

Marcella Livolsi
Executive Director, Educational Partnership Management
mlivolsi@amplify.com

Alexandra Ludtke
Educational Partnership Manager
aludtke@amplify.com

Carolyn Southerland
Educational Partnership Manager/Senior Education Consultant
csoutherland@amplify.com

Krista Curran
kcurran@amplify.com

Amplify Customer Services

NC Master Trainer Contact List

Benchmark Windows

2018-2019 mCLASS:Reading 3D Benchmark Windows

The mCLASS default windows for the 2018-2019 school year are as follows:

BOY

  • Year-round schools: July 11–26
  • Traditional schools: Sept. 4–24

MOY

  • Jan. 3–25 (2019)

EOY

  • May 6–24 (2019)