Adam Whitehurst

New in Composition Digital Products for Fall: Improved Diagnostics in LaunchPad and Writer's Help

Blog Post created by Adam Whitehurst Employee on Aug 4, 2016

One of the greatest appeals of classroom technology is the opportunity it offers for targeting interventions based on real-time data. Last fall, we introduced diagnostic activities in Writer’s Help, LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers, and many of our LaunchPad titles in order to help instructors track student proficiency in specific reading and writing skills. New for fall, those diagnostics activities have received some useful updates we hope will improve their efficacy in your writing courses.


Shorter, more focused pre-and post-tests


We’ve reorganized tests so that they target smaller, more manageable skill sets. The updated diagnostics have cumulative pre- and post-tests organized by the following topics:


  • Sentence Grammar (34 questions)
  • Punctuation, Style, and Mechanics (34 questions)
  • Reading Skills (20 questions)
  • Readings Strategies (25 questions)


The pre- and post-tests contain the same number of questions per topic; parity between tests means instructors can more easily track improvements from pre to post.


New class and roster comparison reports


Speaking of tracking reports from pre to post, our other big improvement for fall is adding two new comparison reports to the instructor dashboard—one for class comparisons (compare the class’s scores per sub-topic) and one for roster comparisons (compare individual students’ scores per sub-topic). These new reports are accessible through the instructor dashboard inside each post-test.




Instructors will have access to these reports automatically when they have assigned both the pre- and post-test for a particular diagnostic. As soon as any students have taken both tests, their comparison data will become available in the report (note: student data will not show up at all until the student has completed the activity. The report will not include students who have yet to complete the test.)




You can use the diagnostic comparison reports to:

  • Track improvement across multiple sections, or across a program (reports are exportable)
  • Create opportunities for students to see a visual representation of their progress in the course (reports can be printed for students)
  • Continually adapt your teaching based on real performance data.