Frequently Asked Questions about Reporting
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Frequently Asked Questions about Reporting

What is the Reporting System?

The Reporting System provides student performance reports for interim and summative assessments. The reporting consists of a Dashboard page and various assessment reports. For a more in-depth breakdown of the Reporting System features, refer to the Reporting System User Guide. The Dashboard provides a summary of all the assessments associated with a particular user or institution, and the assessment reports provide detailed performance data for each of those assessments. The Reporting System is accessed through the Montana Testing Portal. Assessment reports are available at various levels within a district. Access to each assessment report depends on your user role. For more information about user roles, see the User Roles and Access document.

When can I expect to see my student's scores?

Preliminary student reports and scores for the Smarter Balanced summative assessments are provided in the Reporting System within two weeks of a student completing the ELA CAT, or completing both components of their Math assessment (CAT and PT). Preliminary student reports and scores for the MSA and AMSA are available within 24 hours of a student completing their test.

Which students will appear in my reports?

Teachers can view data for all students in their classes (rosters) who have completed assessments. They can also view data for students to whom they have administered assessments in the current school year. School-level users can view data for all students in their schools who have completed assessments. District-level users can view data for all students in their districts who have completed assessments.

Is the turn-around time for Interim Assessment scores dependent on completing and submitting the hand-scored items?

Yes, for selected Interim Assessments. All NGSS Interim Assessments, and most SBAC Interim Assessments, are now fully machine scored and results are available in the Reporting System once the test has been submitted. Some SBA Math Interim Assessments include items that still require teacher handscoring within the Reporting System. The turn-around time to see Interim Assessment Scores in the Reporting System will depend on when the school or test administrator completes the hand-scoring process.

Why are some targets in the interim target reports marked as having "Insufficient Information"?

Due to the nature of the CAT and random distribution of PT, sometimes the number of items presented to a group that meet that target is too small to calculate an accurate score. In the CAT, the blueprint doesn't require that every student receives an item for every target. Therefore, at the aggregate level, the number of students per target varies across targets. When the number of students per target is too small, the target is flagged as insufficient.

When is state aggregate data available in the Reporting System?

State aggregate data is suppressed in the Reporting System during the state summative testing window through the following summer. For SY 23-24, state aggregate data will be suppressed between March 3, 2024, and September 5, 2024.