Rigby READS was designed as an on-grade level assessment. It was designed to be administered periodically throughout one school year (ideally the beginning, middle, and end of year). It is not intended to store or provide longitudinal data on students’ year-to-year results. If
student files are not exported at the beginning of the year, students that are no longer enrolled in the school are included and this causes incorrect data on the School and District level proficiency reports. Implementing the following best practice, at the end of the school year, or prior to the new school year, is critical for correct reporting. The procedure is outlined on P.17 of the School Administrator’s User Guide (To export student files). Exporting and deleting student files is highly
recommended before testing.
RIGBY READS BEST PRACTICE:
Follow these steps:
1. Go to the Students tab. Click Import/Export Student Files. The Import/Export Student
Files page displays.
2.In the bottom half of the screen under Export Student Data, click the Include file description
checkbox, if you wish to include a file description in your data. This is a separate text file
with a description of the data in each column.
3. Click Download Test Results. A File Download screen gives you the option to open or
save the file(s).
4. Delete all student data from READS Online by clicking Delete Students in the Students
tab drop-down menu. The Delete Student page displays.
; (Tip) It is recommended that you follow the above procedure instead of trying to
move students between classes and from one grade to another. The time
required is the same and if best practice is not followed, there is a risk that data
from the previous year may cause unexpected results.
Note: At any point in the school year, a student file should be deleted and a new
student file created before a student repeats a Diagnostic Test sitting or Evaluation
Test at a different grade level.
This best practice allows the school/district to export all student names and test results for your rdschool use and to keep the data for historical reporting purposes or for analyzing the data in a 3
party program such as Excel or a database. It also ensures correct reporting for this school year on Rigby READS!
Download a copy of the School Administrator User’s Guide at the READS Support site:
WHEN RIGBY READS BEST PRACTICE HAS NOT BEEN FOLLOWED
When student files have NOT been exported and deleted at the beginning of a school year before testing begins, student records in READS will likely include test results from the same test sitting assigned at different test grade levels. For instance, a Grade 2 student may have completed the Grade 2 Diagnostic Test Reading Comprehension sitting, and then this student may have been moved to Grade 3 and completed the Grade 3 Diagnostic Test Reading Comprehension sitting. This scenario may occur within a school year or from one school year to the next. In these instances, certain READS reports will deliver inaccurate test results for the most recent test taken. The following steps should be taken to retrieve accurate report information any time a student has
completed a test more than once at different test grade levels, without a new student record being
1. To view a student’s IRL, generate a Class Intervention Report for the class that includes
the student(s) with multiple test results for the same sitting. The class grade must match
the grade of the last Reading Comprehension test the student(s) took. The Instructional
Reading Level column in the Performance on Reading Skills and Strategies table (for
either on-grade level or above and below grade level students) shows correct data for
2. To view accurate criterion scores (Beginning, Developing, or Proficient) for any test sitting
completed, generate a Student Diagnostic Report or a Student Intervention Report for
each student with multiple test results for the same sitting. The most recent test scores
for a sitting display above earlier results. Only the Student Diagnostic Report displays the
number of correct answers, with the criterion score, for each test sub-sitting.
Note: IRLs and criterion scores can also be determined from READS raw data manually using the READS Cut Score tables for each grade level test. The Cut Score tables are available online at the READS Support Site. A “cut score” refers to the number of correct
answers for a given test sitting or sub-sitting.