Galileo and NWEA MAP test results provide an overall estimate of a student’s ability as well as information about their mastery level for various skill domains. From these test results, we can get an approximate idea of how a student is performing for their grade level; however, L&L has approximately 750 lessons covering a very broad range of language subject areas. Therefore, following a student’s initial placement based on the Galileo or NWEA test results, we administer brief diagnostic tests that help us further understand a student's specific needs in each subject area.
For example, for a student who is performing far below grade level, we need to evaluate where they need further help with fundamental skills. For some, such as ESL/EFL students, that may be fundamentally different letter sounds, or it could just be the need for some reinforcement in basic vocabulary. Similarly, for students who are excelling above their grade level, we need to explore their capabilities further to identify content that is fun and challenging and will help them continue to grow. For example, some students may be at a high reading level, but may need to learn some academic vocabulary before we can give them the more advanced books. With the information from Galileo/NWEA as well as these brief diagnostic tests, we can get students caught up if they need help, and give them more challenging content if they are ready for it.