Assessing and checking student understanding in CS Discoveries and CS Principles


How should I choose what student activities to assess / check? course materials contain a variety of assessment opportunities that can be used formatively (to check for understanding) or summatively (for evaluation). Sometimes students will submit their work on these levels online through, and in other cases, they’ll work offline on paper, or in other, in-person activities.

Almost all student activities in curriculum allow for teachers to check for understanding, but starting in the 2019 - 2020 versions of our CS Principles and CS Discoveries courses, we’ve also nominated select levels or specific locations within lessons as recommended assessment opportunities. These locations were chosen because they allow students to demonstrate learning in a variety of ways and represent good places for teachers to check in on student understanding of key concepts.

You can learn about recommended assessment opportunities in Lesson Plans under the Assessment Opportunities header (CSD-only), or by looking for a check-mark icon (mceclip7.png) in the Lesson Plan.

You can also see which levels are recommended assessment opportunities in the progress pane of the teacher dashboard and on unit overview pages. Typically, these opportunities are marked with a checkmark icon and the level bubbles are filled in with solid purple when students have completed them.

Teacher dashboard


Unit Overview Pages


How can I look at the work my students did and leave feedback for them?

You can look at a student’s work on a specific level by going to that level and clicking on the student’s name in the blue teacher panel on the right. You can run the student’s code from the level view to evaluate its correctness. Programming levels also often include exemplar solutions for teachers to reference.



Leaving feedback for students

On programming levels in CS Principles and CS Discoveries, you can use the Teacher Feedback box under the Feedback header to leave specific notes or feedback for each student. Students will see this feedback if they go back to the level you left that feedback on. To leave feedback, first select the student’s name in the blue teacher panel, then tap the “Feedback tab.” Make sure to hit “save and share” to send the feedback to the student! 


On select CS Discoveries 2019-2020 skill-building levels, there are also digital rubrics in the Feedback tab that you can use to evaluate how well students have demonstrated mastery of key concepts.


Viewing the feedback you've left for students

You can download all the feedback you leave on a Unit for a specific class section as a CSV. To do this, go to the Assessments and Surveys tab of the teacher dashboard, select the unit from the first dropdown menu, and then choose “All teacher feedback in this unit” from the “Select an assessment or survey” dropdown menu.


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