This lesson will guide you through the process of uploading student response data for a DIBELS assessment.
Where to Start
1. Click on the Assessments tab.
2. Under General, select View Assessments.
3. Under Type filter for DIBELS (6th or Next). You can also search for the assessments by typing in the assessment title.
4. Click Search. From the list of assessments select the title of the DIBELS assessment you wish to import data for.
Import Your Data File
In the assessment Overview:
5. Click Responses.
6. Select Import Student Responses From File.
Side Note: File Layout
In DnA, you can import student response data into an assessment using a file that contains their answers and their local student ID numbers. For DIBELS, the Academic Year is a required field. Please remember that this field needs to be the second date in the academic year. So if your file is for 2017-2018, the Academic Year field needs to read 2018.
Your file needs to be in one of these formats:
- Comma Delimited
- Tab Delimited
- Semicolon Delimited
- Colon Delimited
Keep in mind that you can typically turn another file type (such as Excel/.xls) into one of these formats (such as Tab Delimited) by opening the file, clicking File, selecting Save As, and selecting the new file format from the Save As Type drop down menu. Just be sure you widen your columns sufficiently in the initial file so that none of your data "jumps columns" during the transfer. Also, your file must contain one column with Student ID data.
For DIBELS, the Academic Year field needs to be the second date in the academic year. If your file is for 2017-2018, the Academic Year field needs to read 2018.
7. Using the dropdown menu, select your file delimiter.
8. Chose the scores file you wish to import by clicking Choose File.
9. Click Upload.
Your file columns need to line up with your assessment questions/items. Use the dropdowns to match the columns from your import file to the fields in the DIBELS assessment. Note: Depending on the DIBELS assessment you are importing data for, these will be different.
After making sure that your columns are paired appropriately, click Import.
Note: If you see nonsensical content in your column drop down menu, chances are you accidentally uploaded the wrong file type.
After the import, you should see the above message that the data imported successfully. You can also download an error file containing records that were not matched to students.
Note: Some computed fields, such as the Composite score, do not need to be imported. These columns will be computed based on the data imported.
Any time you want to view your data, you have the following options:
- Click the number next to Students to view responses or click the Responses tab.
- Computed scores are available in the DIBELS prebuilt reports or can be added to a custom report.