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Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs have been organized into two categories, those that address Giving the Assessment and those that address Technical Issues relating to use MRI.

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Giving an Assessment FAQs

Should I tell students if their answers are correct or incorrect? What if they ask?
Keep the focus on reasoning and avoid offering any information about students' answers or explanations. If a student asks, you can say, "I'm most interested in learning about how you reason."
What if a student asks to use paper and pencil?
Ask the student if he or she can solve the problem in a different way, without using paper and pencil. If a student can't, it's OK to skip the question and move on.
What should I say after a student has finished an explanation?
You can say something like "Thank you" or "Here's the next question." Avoid offering a comment that indicates judgment about the student's response, such as "Good" or "Nice job."
Should I end an Interview if a student is struggling?
Use your judgment to decide if it's best to end the interview without completing it. If the student is upset or not feeling well, complete the interview at another time. If a student is unsuccessful answering several questions in a row, you can say, "Thank you. That was the last question."
How long does giving an assessment take?
The interview generally takes about 10 minutes and the written computation section from 5–10 minutes.
Does the written computation section need to be given at the same time as the interview?
The written computation section can be given before or after the interview. It may be easiest to have all of the students complete the written computation at the same time.
Do the questions in MRI address the Common Core Standards?
The questions in the MRI assessment are questions that the Common Core expects all middle school students to be able to answer successfully.
What grade levels are appropriate for using MRI?
The MRI assessment has been used with students in grades 4 through 8.
What is the minimum number of students I can include in a group report?
Group reports can be generated for two or more students.
Can I record additional information after finishing an interview?
You are always able to return to a question later to complete the information. Until you become familiar with the interview, it may be difficult to select the explanation the student used. In this instance, it's helpful to type the student's explanation in the Notes field so that you can reference it when you return to complete recording later.
How long should I wait for the student to give an answer?
Wait time is important for giving students the opportunity to collect their thoughts. However, it can help to encourage a student to talk by saying something like, "Can you please think out loud so I can hear how you are reasoning?"
How can I print out the Question Cards?

The Question Cards are located on the About the Assessment Tab, in the Resources section of the left column under the Assessment PDF Files heading.
Whole Numbers Question Cards
Decimals Question Cards
Fractions Question Cards

During the interview, how can I record specific information about students’ faulty reasoning, misconceptions, or partial understanding?
Use the Notes field. The notes you record will appear in the Assessment Review Report.

Technical Issues FAQs

Who can sign up as a Teacher to give an MRI assessment?
Anyone who works one-on-one with a student can sign up as a Teacher (classroom teacher, math coach, resource teacher, classroom aide, intervention specialist, etc.)
Who should sign up as an MRI Manager?
An MRI Manager (principals, math coaches, intervention specialists, etc.) can view the data from a group of teachers. When you sign up as an MRI Manager, you can invite teachers to link to your account. Then you can generate reports from their data.
What if I can't log into my account?
Be sure that you have activated your MRI account prior to logging in. Check your email inbox for the activation email. Sometimes your email account may file your MRI activation email in a junk or spam folder. Please check in those folders also. Once you have located the activation email, click the link to activate your MRI account.
What if I forget my login?
Your login is the email address you used to create your account.
What if I forget my password?

Click the Forgot your password? link on the login page.

View the user guide

How do I create an account?

To create an account, click the Sign Up button on the homepage. Select the account type you would like to sign up for, enter information about yourself and the school or institution. Click the Create a New Account button.

View the user guide

How can I generate reports?

There are 4 different kinds of reports you can create, an Individual Report, Assessment Review, Group Report, and an Item Analysis Report. Click the type of report you would like to create.

  1. To generate an Individual Student Report:
  2. To generate a Group Report
    • Click Reports tab, then Click Group Report Tab. Now, select a Start Date and End Date, choose a Focus Area, and click the Next button.
    • If we find multiple grouping options, you'll get the opportunity to select a group.
      • Select Group Type
      • If applicable, Select Class
      • Click to Create Report
    • View a video tutorial
    • View the user guide
  3. To generate an Item Analysis Report
    • Click Reports tab, then click Item Analysis Tab. Now, select a Start Date and End Date, choose a Focus Area, and click the Next button.
    • If we find multiple grouping options, you'll get the opportunity to select a group.
      • Select Group Type
      • If applicable, Select Class
      • Click to Create Report
    • View a video tutorial
    • View the user guide
  4. To generate an Assessment Review Report
How do I export data? In what format will it be?

You have the option of exporting data for all questions or data for single questions as an Excel file.

  1. To export data for all questions:
    • Click the Data Export tab
    • Select a Start Date and End Date
    • Choose a Focus Area
    • Choose All Questions
    • Select Include Strategies, if you would like to include them
    • Click Export
    • View a video tutorial
    • View the user guide
  2. To export data for single questions:
    • Click the Data Export tab
    • Select a Start Date and End Date
    • Choose a Focus Area
    • Choose Single Questions
    • Choose a question Type
    • Click the Question Card to view and select question
    • Select Include Strategies, if you would like to include them
    • Click Export
    • View a video tutorial
    • View the user guide
How can I locate a student in the Student Roster?
Go to the Student Roster, under the Students tab, and check your filters. Under the Class filter, select All Classes. If you are still unable to find your student, your student may have been archived. Filter again. Under Classes select All Classes, and under Status select Archived.