How to Use the Pre and Post Tests in The Autism Helper Curriculum

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Each level of TAH Curriculum includes 9 units. There are 8 units that each include 3-5 focus concepts plus a 9th review unit. Each unit includes a pre and post test. The pre and post tests will show student growth on these concepts. The scoring rubric embeds data based decision making and shows which concepts still need to be worked on following the post test.

The pre-test should be given before starting the unit. Before introducing any of the concepts, give the pre-test. Avoid providing help or prompting. We want to see where the students’ current skill level is before we start instruction. Give your students a heads up that this is new information. “I want you to complete this page as best as you can. A lot of things on this page are new so you might not know them yet. That’s okay! Try your best and you can always write ‘I don’t know’ if you are unsure.” After they complete the pretest, use the rubric to score it. Write down the score on the data sheet. 

Note: if the student scores a 100% on the pre-test, consider moving them forward in the curriculum. You can use the worksheets from the unit as independent work or homework.

After you complete the unit, give the post-test. Use the scoring rubric to get the final score. Compare the post test score to the pretest score on the data sheet. Review the Analyzing the Errors section to see if there are some areas that need improvement. Follow the suggestions for adding in additional instruction. 

Note: if the student has not made any progress from the pretest to the post test, consider redoing the unit with additional accommodations or scaling back to a more foundational level in the curriculum.

I suggest storing all of your assessment data in a separate binder. I like putting the assessment data sheets for each subject in one page protector for each student. When students complete the assessment, add the score on the data sheet for review.

Should students use the anchor chart with the assessments? This is a good question! My answer is – depends on the student/skill. In general, I would avoid using the anchor charts on the assessments since we want to see their independent skill levels with the use of the visual prompt. However for some students, it may be beneficial/necessary to allow access to the anchor chart. If so, allow access to the anchor chart for both the pretest and the post test so you can accurately compare those scores.

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