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 version)

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.

Using the CLAS demo to test a group (paid version)

The paid version of the CLAS demo is for schools or districts that would like to conduct program evaluations with the LRJA. There are several good reasons to do a CLAS demo evaluation. It will (1) provide your students with a rich learning experience, (2) help you show off your school's accomplishments, and (3) give you an opportunity to learn how Lectical Assessments can help your teachers optimize learning.

CLAS demo evaluations have the free CLAS demo at their core, so the assessments themselves are completely free. We need to bill for the additional services required to track your students, prepare your school’s data, and deliver reports.

If you're interested primarily in an evaluation of your curriculum’s impact on the development of LRJA skills, we’ll bill for setup, data delivery, and reporting. If you would also like teachers to learn to use the assessments to support optimal learning, we can tailor a teacher workshop for you. In either case, for the most robust results, we recommend that students take the assessment 3 times, approximately 9 months apart.

Fee schedule (nonprofit rates, prices subject to change)

Service Description Fee*
Set up Set up students with accounts and assignments $180.00
Add additional students Add student accounts and assignments (each batch) $30.00
Review scores Review low confidence scores (each) $30.00
Individual student reports** Teacher access to individual student reports is not available in the demo. Teachers who want to access student reports can have students print them or save them as pdf files.  
Results Data spreadsheet with scores for all students, and heat maps showing student distributions with growth edge descriptions for each grade. (Fee for each spreadsheet with heat maps.) $240.00
Reports Written and verbal report of results for a single test time (or a final report for all test times), including projected growth trajectories for your school, a comparison of your school with similar schools, and a discussion of potential areas for growth. $499.00
Teacher workshops We’d love to show your teachers how to use assessment results and VCoL+7 to optimize student learning. Varies

*The prices shown here assume a maximum of 500 students. If you would like to test more than 500 students, please contact us for a custom quote.

**When we launch LecticaLive next year, individual teachers will be able to use our assessments free of charge, including access to individual student reports and class-level reports. Our regular school fee for each assessment and report will be from $2 to $12, depending on the stakes attached to a given assessment event and your school’s nonprofit status. If you are planning to test 200 students 3 times, this means that the cost of the assessments alone would ordinarily be from $1,200 to $7,200.

***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.

Student accounts

To participate in a paid demo evaluation, each student will need an account on our site. This means students will need email addresses and access to their email accounts in order to use our system. We do not need to know student names, we never send promotions to students or share student information, and we use the latest security technology to protect all user information.

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