Hacking the Demo—K-12

VCoLLectical Assessments are learning tools that support optimal growth by leveraging VCoL+7™ (the Virtuous Cycle of Learning and its +7 skills). And CLAS, our computerized developmental scoring system, allows us to deliver any number of Lectical Assessments—making it possible to optimize learning for everyone.

To learn more about VCoL+7, watch the video below.

 

We've created the CLAS demo to show off CLAS and Lectical Assessments. The demo provides individuals with the opportunity to test drive Lectical Assessments and experience their learning benefits first-hand. Each assessment is a “mini” Lectical Reflective Judgment Assessment (LRJA)—a written response assessment of skills for:

  • gathering and evaluating information & evidence,
  • conducting inquiry,
  • working with conflicting perspectives,
  • making decisions, and
  • resolving conflicts.

Any individual can take the Demo LRJA up to three times (over 18 months), each time receiving a rich report that includes learning recommendations that are right in the test taker’s learning sweet spot—what we call the Goldilocks zone.

To learn about the Demo assessment and report from a test-taker perspective, view the short video below.

 

To learn more about how Lectical Assessments work, view the short video below.

 

The CLAS demo for individuals is entirely free. Registration on our site is optional. To participate, all you'll need to do is provide the information we need to personalize your experience.


So, what if you want to test a class, a whole school, or a district?


Here's where it gets a little tricky. The demo is not designed to deliver group level data, so you'll need a "hack". There are two alternatives: a free hack and a not-so-free-but-very-inexpensive hack.

Using the CLAS demo to test a group (free)

If you're interested in conducting your own evaluation or experiment with the CLAS demo—without our help—here's how it can be done.

  1. Decide whether or not students will register before taking the demo assessment. Registering makes it possible for students to return to view past results, but it's not required to take the assessment.
  2. Gather student data: You will not have direct access to student reports online, so to collect student data, it will be necessary for students to download their reports. There's a button at the top of the results page that allows test-takers to save their reports as pdfs.
  3. Tabulate the data: Collect the pdfs and transfer students' scores to a spreadsheet for analysis.
  4. Compare your students' performances to those of the samples represented in Dr. Dawson's, "Are our children learning robustly?" blog post.
  5. The demo uses a beta version of CLAS. It's suitable for evaluations. research. and formative use, but we have not evaluated its suitability for high stakes use.

Please note that although we'll make every effort to provide support to individual test takers, we do not have the resources to provide free support for this particular "hack" of the CLAS demo.

***CLAS demo assessment results are suitable for supporting individual growth and conducting program evaluations. They should not be used in high stakes decisions about individuals.

Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation

NIH

Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Kurt Fischer, Ph.D. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Emeritus

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus