Fill-in-the-blank Items

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Did you know that you can now create fill-in-the-blank questions and have the blanks appear inline with the rest of the question?


Quick Tip: To have the blanks appear inline with the question, simply use the underline key to create a “blank” in the right place.  In this example, Red and Planet are accepted as the correct answers.

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Note that when you don’t put in the underline for represent blanks, the item will look like this.

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Now that you can put the blanks inline with the question, a good use of fill-in-the-blank items in mathematics is to ask for the numeric value in one blank and the unit of measurement in another blank. There are endless possibilities in mathematics and other subjects.


Thanks again for using Naiku and your feedback and suggestions.



Taking Tests on Bubble Sheets and Scanning with Naiku

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Most students take tests on Naiku using their computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. However, if your students do not have access to a computer or device on test day (perhaps they forgot it at home; we all know how students can sometimes be forgetful), you can print out the test and a bubble sheet for them to take the test.


Bubble Sheet

Printing Bubble Sheets


To print the bubble sheets for the student, open the test and click on Actions, and choose “Print Bubble Sheet”. The bubble sheet will contain the Class name, the Test name, and the number of items on the test. There is also a place for students to grid in their student ID number. Most teacher also ask students to write their names at the top.


Scanning the Bubble Sheet


After students turn in their bubble sheets, you can scan and score them using your webcam or document camera. For the test that you want to scan the bubble sheets, click on Actions and select “Scan Bubble Sheet”. This will turn on your web or document camera. If you have multiple cameras connected to your computer, you can select which camera to use. Simply place the bubble sheet in front of the camera to scan and score the bubble sheet.




When the student gridded in Student ID matches a student ID in your

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class, the score will be assigned to that student. If the gridded ID does not match, you will have the option to assign it to a student. You’ll hear a beep one the bubble sheet is successfully scanned. For each student, you’ll see their total score. You’ll also see which questions that student got right or wrong. Questions answered correctly are highlighted in green and noted with a checkmark.


Using bubble sheets and scanning is a great option in Naiku. If you’re not using it yet, give it a try and let us know how it works for you.

Assigning a Test to Multiple Classes

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When I conduct Naiku PD and demonstrations, I’m often asked, “Can I assign a test to multiple classes at once?” The answer to that question had always been “No, you have to assign a test to each class separately.” The reasoning behind that was that we wanted to keep each test separated by class so that you could get your test results by class.


I’m now happy to report that you can assign a test to multiple classes at once.

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After many requests from many of you, we’re finally able to add this new feature. When you click on the link to assign a test, you’ll now see this pop-up modal. From here, you can select one or more classes to assign the test. As usual, you can choose not to assign the test to any classes, but to individual students.


Thanks again for all your feedback and suggestions.



Standards-Based Scoring and Reporting

Posted by & filed under Blog, New Feature.

If you’re a Naiku user, you already know that you can do standards-based scoring with Naiku. When you align your test questions to national, state, or local standards (or learning targets), you know that your students’ results are scored by those standards. For each student, you can track and monitor their proficiency status by standard. Students are automatically grouped into one of three proficiency levels (Not Proficient, Approaching Proficient,

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and Proficient) based on cutscores that you set. Below is a Class Performance report where you can see your students’ scores by standard.


But did you know that you can also do standards-based reporting with Naiku?


If you do standards-based scoring and reporting, you can transfer those scores into your gradebook directly from Naiku. From the Class Results page for any assessment (see sample below), you can choose to transfer the proficiency scores for any standard directly into your gradebook.


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You can find more on information proficiency scores by standards and how to transfer them into your gradebook in this Naiku Support article.


As always, we welcome your feedback. So write us a note and let us know how you do standards-based scoring and reporting.