This article will provide you with some things to consider when requesting to recalibrate a student.
When Recalibration is a Good Choice
Recalibration is a good choice under the following circumstances:
- The student did not treat the calibration process seriously. Most commonly, students who do this mark that they know all words to get to a high level. They may believe that doing so will get them out of work, or they may believe that they already know everything. Because they also mark that they know pseudo-English words, they are placed on level 1.
- The student is on the wrong word list. Sometimes, ESL students are accidentally placed on word lists too advanced for them. Vice-versa may happen with gifted students. In these cases, moving these students up or down may be necessary.
- The student hasn't used Membean in a very long time. If a student has a very large gap in their training, it may be necessary to have them recalibrate. For example, if a student last used Membean in 8th grade and will now be using it again as a 12th grader, it would be a good idea to recalibrate.
When Recalibration is an Illogical Choice
Recalibration is an illogical choice under the following circumstances:
- The student has been training for a while. Recalibration terminates an account, destroying all assessment data, training, and information our engine has collected on the student to help further personalize their learning experience. Membean functions best when this data is kept in tact for the entirety of a student's time with the program.
- You want all your students on the same level at the start of the school year. Membean is meant to be a personalized, differentiated learning program. Forcing students to all be on the same level can be discouraging and inhibit learning.
- You want to slow down or speed up student learning. Learn about adjusting student preferences and best practices. These paths will likely fix any student issue.
- A parent wants their child at a particular level. The student is placed at the appropriate level when they calibrate. Regular training will help the student learn and retain new vocabulary. Manually leveling up a student destroys all account data and is detrimental to the learning experience.
- The student is unhappy with their level placement. Grade levels and vocabulary knowledge are weakly correlated. Levels absolutely do not reflect student intelligence. Calibration is merely an indication of where to start a student so they are appropriately challenged.