Reduce achievement gaps and help students excel with Skills Pointer
A powerful tool for both enrichment and remediation, Skills Pointer® complements existing curriculum programs. Get insights into student skills gaps along with resources to help students move forward in their learning journey.
Skills Pointer is very useful in differentiating and individualizing instruction by mapping out a course of specific topics a student needs to be taught to [come] back to grade level. Skills Pointer definitely helps us in our planning and teaching.
|ASSESSMENT TYPE||Skills assessment and progress monitoring tool in computer adaptive and fixed-form paper formats|
|STRUCTURE||Customizable formative assessment tool iSkills Pointer yields information on student performance relative to standards-aligned skills, and ties that data to rich instructional resources|
|SUBJECTS||Mathematics, reading, language arts, and science|
|RECOMMENDED USE||As often as needed|
|TEST TIME||Untimed, typically completed in 5-15 minutes|
|PAIRINGS||Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) interim assessments, recognized as a highly accurate universal screener by NCRTI iNational Center on Response to Intervention|
|PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPTIONS||Online or onsite; can be combined with MAP professional learning|
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Help every student excel with skill-based assessments and 1:1 resources
Vertical mapping uncovers missing prerequisite skills
Instant student feedback includes guided instruction to accelerate mastery of prerequisite skills
Individualized learning plans help students enhance strengths and tackle challenges
500+ instructional tutorials in English and Spanish, plus over 1,000 practice activities aligned to state and Common Core standards, assist teachers in differentiating their instruction
Real-time reports inform educator decisions around enrichment and intervention
How It Works
Skills Pointer features vertical skills-based assessments that quickly identify a student’s missing concepts by spiraling up or down subject area content in response to student answers.
Uncover students’ missing foundational skills—then quickly address them
How will you use Skills Pointer data and resources?
Skills Pointer combines vertically adaptive iWith vertically adaptive tests, the item difficulty level moves up or down throughout the test in response to the student’s performance. If a question is answered correctly, the test dynamically selects a more challenging item; if a student misses a question, the follow-up item is easier. skills-based assessments and reports with individualized tutorials and practice activities aligned to Common Core standards.
Use the instant feedback from Skills Pointer assessments to identify the exact skills each student needs to learn in mathematics, science, language arts, and reading.
Identify knowledge gaps by student, class, or school, and use the data to drive intervention objectives.
Analyze and evaluate the written curriculum with the Skills Pointer Curriculum Gap Analysis Tool.
Steps to Success
Boost student success by pairing Skills Pointer with MAP® interim assessments
Screen and assess with Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) K – 12 computer adaptive interim assessments from NWEA.
Identify skills gaps in math, science, language arts, and reading subjects with Skills Pointer. Determine student mastery of foundation and prerequisite skills with on- or off-line assessments.
Use Skills Pointer to generate intervention reports and unique curriculum gap analysis, gain insight from immediate feedback detailing skills mastery, and create individualized learning plans for students in need.
Inform instruction by accessing Skills Pointer learning resources, which are mapped to state and Common Core standards. Resources are available across all grade levels and core subjects. Use targeted activities and lesson tutorials to build the required foundational skills or provide enrichment for advanced learners.