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Archive for August, 2011

Logging in For the First Time This Year?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

As teachers and students head back to school, we just wanted to remind everyone that the login procedures for USATestprep are the same as last year. If you used the site at all in the 2010-2011 school year, remember you just need your School ID, your own Username, and your own Password. If you have forgotten these, you can always consult a teacher or school administrator about this information, or you can use the “Forgot Password” option on the login page.

If you did not use USATestprep last year or you are a new user, you will need to get more information from your school administrators in order to create a new account.

Welcome Back, Teachers!

Monday, August 22nd, 2011
We hope that you had an enjoyable summer and would like to welcome you back for another successful school year.  Many of you remember that we surveyed you last spring.  Based on the results of that survey, we spent our summer focusing on these areas:
NEW FEATURES
  • Benchmark Favorites: Teachers can now flag any question in the database as a “favorite” to quickly add it to a benchmark test. Teachers can also author and add their own questions.
  • Video Comprehension Questions: Now, students can test their understanding of instructional videos by answering up to four questions for each video.  Videos and Comprehension Questions can also be assigned to students.
  • Free Response Questions: Teachers can now assign higher order free response questions.  This is a great way to assess student depth of knowledge.  These are accessed in the online resources section of most tests.
  • Class Management: There is a new class management system for teachers. Similar to your standard grade book, you can now easily view class progress  and access student data.
UPCOMING: Fall User Meetings
Interested in getting more in-depth training on USATestprep?   Save the date for these User Meetings.  More information will be coming soon.
10/27:  Tupelo, MS -Bancorp South Arena
10/28:  Cullman, AL – Holiday Inn Express
11/3:  Roswell, GA – The Metropolitan Club
11/4:  Columbia, SC – Columbia Conference Center
11/10:  Raleigh, NC – Prestonwood Country Club
11/18:  Indianapolis, IN – Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Questions?
If you would like to renew your account for the upcoming year or have any questions or comments regarding your subscription, please email or call us.  We will be happy to help.

Congrats to Starkville High School!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Way to go, Starkville (MS) High School! The Yellowjackets just reported significant improvements in their test scores for the 2010-2011 school year. They reported outstanding improvement in English II and Algebra I. Read the full report here. Way to go, Jackets!

Pricing Changes

Monday, August 8th, 2011

We now have many more ways to save on your subscriptions. Our subscription chart does a good job of explaining this. Just click here for more information as it relates to your state.

Resetting of Data

Monday, August 1st, 2011
As is our policy, on August 1 we archived some data in order to provide you with the best possible site performance. Click here to see the document that explains this process, and let us know if you have any questions.
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