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Scantron offers California educators state-approved solutions to support diagnostic assessments in ELA and Math for Grade 2.
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Do you need a diagnostic assessment for Grade 2 Reading and Math?

The California Department of Education requires educators to use an approved assessment to aid teachers in the development of language arts and computational skills of students in Grade Two. Approved ELA and math diagnostic assessments must meet criteria for alignment with the Common Core State Standards, validity and reliability, and appropriateness for intended use.

Learn more about California's grade two assessments.

Scantron's Performance Series is approved for this use in California schools. Performance Series aligns with Common Core Standards and provides a computer-adaptive assessment to measure student proficiency regardless of grade level. It includes support for pre-readers via the Foundations tests, as well as helping with the transition to standard core ELA and math proficiency. Performance Series is backed by Scantron's rigorous assessment development and psychometric research, including criterion-referenced norming data available within test results.

Scantron assessment solutions support several of the key components of CDE's Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Plan (SRCL):

  1. Standards and Frameworks 
  2. Articulated and Aligned Curriculum 
  3. Comprehensive, Targeted Instruction and Intervention (via instructional resource partners)
  4. Educator Preparation and Professional Learning 
  5. Engaging Families and Communities 
  6. Assessment and Progress Monitoring (via the approved Performance Series measure)
  7. Accountability (via Performance Series reports and Scantron Analytics; see Additional Solutions of Interest for details)

While all the steps are crucial to literacy success, without steps 6 and 7, you may just be guessing. Informal, teacher-based prompts are an important part, but a more holistic assessment approach makes it easy to systematically assess, monitor progress, and demonstrate accountability. Scantron's solution helps you use assessment data to guide and inform instruction, as well as providing effective early screening and diagnosis tools for grades K–12.

Learn more about what Performance Series offers California educators.

“I love the way Scantron Performance Series establishes a learning path that can be easily tracked throughout the school year by measuring academic gains, not a “one and done” test score.”
Faye Sheppard, Principal, Robertsdale Elementary School, AL
"[This] is an excellent tool for our school! It helps us make data-driven decisions, which benefit all learners, regardless of performance level."
Amanda Davis, Curriculum Coach, Fort Payne Middle School
"By using Performance Series, we've gained back eight full days of instructional time—and we have the student score reports and instructional resources immediately…"
, Superintendent of Secondary Education
"When students see success, it eliminates many negative performance issues. Personalized learning based on their assessment results meets them where they are and gets them where they should be so they can see that success."
Dr. Cederick Ellis, Superintendent McComb Schools District (MS)
"These benchmarks provide a collective pulse for students that categorize where they are and where they should be in the Spring to show they’re having growth and success in the school year"
Dr. Janet Womack, District Superintendent, Florence City Schools AL
"It helps teachers dramatically focus their efforts…the instruction the next day can be based on [reports from yesterday’s test]…"
Jason Anderson, Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Innovation, Frederick County Public Schools, MD
"We have used the Performance Series assessment for ten years at Valley Oak and we find it a very useful tool for identifying specific standards that have not yet been mastered."
Laura Fulmer, Director, Valley Oak Charter
“Performance Series questions went beyond grade-level standards. This…opened the curiosity door and allowed [students] to search the depths of their knowledge.”
Meighan Lewis, Teacher, Munford High School
"Scantron has provided the tools needed to validate student learning and support teacher decisions to move students to the next Performance Level when they are ready."
Dr. Oliver Grenham, Chief Education Officer, Adams County School District 50
"Scantron delivered not only a superior product but also a superior system of delivery, support, flexibility, and technical assistance."
Sherrill Parris, Deputy State Superintendent Alabama State Department of Education
"Performance Series and Achievement Series' analysis tools and reports enable teachers to use their assessment results to effectively drive instruction."
Steve Robinson, Vice –Principal Liberty High School (Literacy First Charter School)

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