Fast ForWord Auto Assign

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This topic answers some frequently asked questions, then walks you through the process of using Auto Assign with your students.

About Fast ForWord Auto Assign

What is Fast ForWord Auto Assign?

The Fast ForWord Auto Assign feature in MySciLEARN streamlines the student assignment process by quickly, efficiently, and accurately identifying the most appropriate Fast ForWord program for a student and then automatically assigning that product to the student. As the student completes his or her assignments, it continues to identify and assign appropriate Fast ForWord programs until the student has completed the entire Fast ForWord program suite.

Why use Fast ForWord Auto Assign?

This easy-to-use assignment feature provides the following advantages:

  • Accelerates implementation. Because Fast ForWord Auto Assign does not require any additional assessment time beyond taking an RPI assessment, students can maximize their time on Fast ForWord program use and other learning activities. In addition, staff members can spend more time with their students instead of scoring and analyzing assessments or managing supplementary assessment materials.
  • Motivates students. Because students are immediately placed in the most appropriate Fast ForWord program, students spend less time on products that are too easy or too hard, resulting in enhanced motivation and maximized reading gains.

What does it do?

Fast ForWord Auto Assign automatically assesses a student’s reading level and then places the student in the most appropriate Fast ForWord program based on his or her needs.

First, it determines a student’s reading level using Reading Progress Indicator (RPI) assessment scores, the student’s grade, and any educational classifications such as ELL or SES. It also checks the students product history records to see if any other Fast ForWord programs have been completed. To learn more about this process see Guidelines for assigning programs, which outlines the general placement steps.

After Auto Assign determines the appropriate product for the student, it create an assignment. When the student is ready to move to the next Fast ForWord program, it stops that product assignment and automatically assigns the next appropriate product.

Can I use it for all of my students?

Pre-Kindergarten students and students who are using multiple Fast ForWord programs cannot use Fast ForWord Auto Assign. All other students are eligible to use it, provided they meet the assignment criteria. If you have any issues see Troubleshoot Auto Assign.

Why does it require RPI?

Fast ForWord Auto Assign uses RPI assessment scores to determine product placement. You must have Reading Progress Indicator enabled for the student to use it. See RPI assessments.

Does Fast ForWord Auto Assign work with the new Fast ForWord programs?

Yes. Auto Assign now places students in Foundations I instead of Language v2, and Foundations II instead of Language to Reading v2. As more new Fast ForWord programs are available, Auto Assign will place students in those new programs instead of the legacy programs. To learn more see Guidelines for assigning programs.

Can I use it with Reading Assistant?

Fast ForWord Auto Assign will not assign the Reading Assistant programs; however, you can use Reading Assistant Plus Auto Initial Assignment to automatically assign Reading Assistant Plus while using Fast ForWord Auto Assign.

Note that Auto Initial Assignment is not compatible with the Reading Assistant legacy program. If you turn it on, it will place your students in Reading Assistant Plus.

Why can’t I stop, delete, or edit assignments?

When using Fast ForWord Auto Assign, you may notice the following assign features are missing. This is by design. For more information on student profiles, see About students.

  • Stop. When a student works on a product, the Stop button normally appears in the Assignments panel next to a product assignment. The Stop button is not needed because Auto Assign automatically stops products for you. When Auto Assign stops a product, the Resume button will still appear. You can use this button to resume a stopped product; however, Auto Assign will be disabled for that student when you click Resume for a product. See Stop/delete Fast ForWord assignments.
  • Delete. The Delete Assignment feature is removed because Auto Assign does not allow product deletions. If you need to delete a product for a student, you’ll need to disable Auto Assign for that student. See Stop/delete Fast ForWord assignments.
  • Edit. The Edit option in the Student Profile Assignments panel is not available until Fast ForWord Auto Assign has placed the student. See Edit Fast ForWord assignments.

What if I want to create my own assignments?

You can easily disable Fast ForWord Auto Assign and create your own Fast ForWord assignments, if needed. See Create Fast ForWord assignments.

I'm having problems, what can I do?

If you run into any issues with Fast ForWord Auto Assign see Troubleshoot Auto Assign.

Use Fast ForWord Auto Assign

By default, MySciLEARN enables the Fast ForWord Auto Assign feature at the school level. You can change this setting as follows:

  • Use the school level setting to automatically turn it on/off for all new students enrolled at your school. See Set Auto Assign for a school.
  • Use the student level setting to turn it on/off for an existing student or group of students at your school. This topic covers this task, along with some troubleshooting tips.

How it works

When Fast ForWord Auto Assign is turned on for a student, the software evaluates the student’s eligibility and starts the auto assign process as follows.

  • If the student is eligible and has no active assignments, the software will immediately start the auto assign process. If the student already has an active assignment, the software will wait for the student to complete the current assignment and then start the auto assign process.
  • If the student is not eligible for Fast ForWord Auto Assign, a notification message will appear. See Troubleshoot Auto Assign for details.
  • For schools using per student licenses, note that the software can only assign the product when a license is available. To learn more see Manage licenses for your students.
  • If you turn the feature off, you'll need to manually assign the program to the students. See Create Fast ForWord assignments. If you turn Auto Assign back on, the feature will re-evaluate the student and assign a product accordingly.

Set Auto Assign for your students

  1. In the MySciLEARN Manage section, click the Students tab to access the Students page.
  2. Select the school in the Browse by School list, if needed.
  3. Locate the students in the students list. See The students list.
  4. Perform one of the following tasks to set the option:
  5. For an individual student using the student’s profile:

    1. Click a student’s name to open that student’s profile.
    2. In the Auto Assign and Reading Progress Indicator section, click the Settings button.
    3. Under Fast ForWord Auto Assign, select the availability option you’d like to set for this student and click Apply:
      • To turn on, select Auto Assign. RPI must also be on.
      • To turn off, select Manual Assign.

    For one or more students using the students list:

    1. In the Settings column, click the FFW Auto Assign button (A) to turn it on or off.
      • On (green) RPI must be also on.
      • Off (gray)

    For one or more students using the More Actions menu:

    1. Select the checkbox next to the students, or select the All checkbox at the top of the students list to select all of the students on the screen.
    2. From the More Actions menu, select the appropriate action, then confirm it:
      • Turn FFW Auto Assign Off
      • Turn FFW Auto Assign On

Troubleshoot Auto Assign

If the software is unable to auto assign a product to a student, it disables Fast ForWord Auto Assign for that student and displays an error message at the top of the screen. Use the following table to help you correct the errors, then enable Fast ForWord Auto Assign again for that student. If the problem persists, or you’d like help with this task, contact Scientific Learning Customer Support for assistance.

Error message

Error details and solutions

Student is enrolled in grade PreK.

Students who are in Pre-Kindergarten cannot use Fast ForWord Auto Assign, and the feature has been disabled for the student.

To allow the student to use Fast ForWord Auto Assign, you’ll need to change the student’s grade to K or higher, and then enable Fast ForWord Auto Assign for the student. See Change the grade for students.

Student is assigned more than one Fast ForWord product.

Students who have more than one active Fast ForWord product assignment cannot use Fast ForWord Auto Assign, and the feature has been disabled for the student.

To allow the student to use Fast ForWord Auto Assign, you’ll need to Stop all but one of the currently assigned Fast ForWord products, and then enable Fast ForWord Auto Assign for the student. See Stop/delete Fast ForWord assignments.

No license available.

The school is using per student licenses, and there are no more licenses available for this assignment. Fast ForWord Auto Assign has been disabled for the student.

To correct the issue, you must free up or purchase a per student license, and then enable Fast ForWord Auto Assign for the student. See Manage licenses for your students. Contact Customer Support if you have any questions.

The product identified as the student's next assignment is already in their product use history. Review the student's profile and manually assign the appropriate product.

The student has already completed the Fast ForWord product. Fast ForWord Auto Assign has been disabled for the student.

To allow the student to work on the Fast ForWord products, review the student's profile and manually assign the appropriate product. See Create Fast ForWord assignments.

The product identified as the student's next assignment is Reading Level 5, which is already in their product use history. Review the student's profile and manually assign the appropriate product.

The student has completed all of the available Fast ForWord products. Fast ForWord Auto Assign has been disabled for the student.

To allow the student to work on the Fast ForWord products, review the student's profile and manually assign the appropriate product. See Create Fast ForWord assignments.

Fast ForWord Auto Assign could not be enabled because RPI is disabled for this student.

Students must have RPI enabled to use Fast ForWord Auto Assign.

To allow the student to use Fast ForWord Auto Assign, enable RPI for the student and then enable Fast ForWord Auto Assign for the student. See Set RPI access for students.