Data Driven Instructions
ASSISTments supports individually-tailored assignments through the Data Driven feature. Students who complete a Data Driven assignment will be directed to follow-up assignments based on their performance in the Data Driven assignment. For example, you can assign all students who received at least a 90 on an assignment an enrichment assignment, and for those students who performed poorly, you can assign them another review assignment. To configure your data driven assignment, navigate to the Item Level Report in ASSISTments.
How does it work?
In this video, learn how to use the Data Driven button for both normal and skill building problem set reports.
- Includes using the Data Driven button from an item report
- Includes both static and skill building set reports
The following diagram shows the two modes of individual instruction that you can assign: based on overall performance, or based on a single problem.
Data driven assignments based upon student overall average
When you click on one of these links, they open a page which allows you to specify more options.
We first have you select which students are to be assigned a data driven action.
Our first option box asks what to do with students who did not start the assignment. You can either choose to include or exclude these students. Our hope is that most students will have at least started the assignment and so whatever you put here will not matter very much.
What about the students who started
You may either automatically include or exclude these students. You may also include them if they meet other conditions. For the amount of work that they have done on the problem set, if their average is within a certain range, they are assigned the new problem set even though they are not yet done.
The example below is shown for their assignment based upon overall average.
A - You are allowed to enter one problem set number. If you don't know problem set to assign, we include our problem set search feature at the bottom of the page. As more teachers assign material, we will show you what other teachers are assigning. We are also working on infrastructure of recommended problem sets to assign. Also, you can always assign the same problem set again.
B - This is the lower bound for the average. If you want to assign a problem set to all students who scored between 0 and 60, you can make this value 0 or even -1.124.
C - This is the upper bound for the average. In our example you would write 60 here. Warning:: The item report rounds averages based on the 0.5 rule. What you enter here is based upon non rounded averages.
D - If a student started the assignment but did not finish it, you can choose to include or exclude them. This is currently not implemented, but it will soon be a three valued option. You can automatically exclude or include them, or you can include them if they meet the other conditions.
E - You can automatically exclude or include students who did not start the assignment.
F - The problem set is only assigned to students who answered at least F number of problems.
G - This is how many days in advance to release the problem set. 0 here means that it will be released right now.
H - This is from the release date how many days will the students have to do it. Be careful since it is not saying that it will be due in H days from today, but in G+H days from today.
What about ARRS
I - Don't want your students in an ARRS class to get bogged down if you assign them data driven skill building (mastery) problem sets? Don't worry, we provide you the option of whether or not you want the problem set (A) to be included or excluded from ARRS. If it is included, then just those students who it is assigned to will have to master it and then relearn it according to your class settings. If it is excluded, the students will only have to master it and no check boxes will appear next to it. If your class does not have ARRS (automatic reassessing and relearning) enabled, you can ignore this question. If the problem set that you are assigning is not mastery, this setting can also be ignored.
J - There is one last text box where we ask you for the reason for assigning this problem set. This will help us in our research and developing recommended problem sets, so please write something descriptive here.
K - This is our search feature to look for problem sets to assign
We now support individual assignments. These are assignments which are only assigned to certain students in your class, but they look and feel very similiar to regular class assignments.
What do they look like?
To the student, they appear just like normal assignments except for they have an i after their name. If it is a mastery assignment it will be red, and if it is not mastery then it will be black.
To the teacher they appear as a regular assignment, but we are working hard on updating this. For starters we will place an i after their name for you to know they are individuals. We will also provide you with a button to display who this problem set was assigned to and for which reason (i.e. data driven assignment).
What about the reports
Certain reports can recognize individual assignments. These include the item level (with or without scaffolding), book homework, and the mastery report. The reports which aggregate multiple assignments does not take individual assignments into account, and will count students who were not assigned as having not started it.
We have added in a feature which allows you as a teacher to view which assignments are individual ones and who they have been assigned to. This page is your usually list of assignments, but when you have indiivudal assignments, you will also have the link shown above.