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Last year, as every year, we gathered feedback from teachers and received a “wish list” of ideas for the site. Towards the top of that list was the ability to have video comprehension questions graded automatically. This fall, we have that. Still, there are only so many alternative answers we can think up as answers to those comprehension questions.

Now, you have the ability to override answers that have already been autograded. Here is how you do it.

1. Go to the Student Results tab.

2. Find the video and click the orange Edit button.

 

3. To change a grade, click the drop down menu. You can choose to keep it as Incorrect, change it to Correct, or give Half Credit. You can then scroll down (not pictured) and leave any comments you wish (if you wish). Click the green Submit Grade button and you’re done. The changes have been applied.

 

We know this help alleviate any uncertainty your students may have about their results. We will, of course, continue to edit the question answers. Students and teachers can always give us feedback about this by clicking on the Question Feedback button.

Have you ever had students tell you that they don’t see your name from a list of teachers when using USATestprep?  Well, don’t worry: the school isn’t trying to tell you something.

 

You just need to make sure your name is associated with the test subject you teach. You can do this by looking at the “Creating a Class” entry above, but here is the quick scoop.

1. Click the “Classes” tab.

2. If you’ve created a class already, click the green “Manage Class” button on the right. (If not, click the “Create a New Class” link.)

3. On the next page, click “Edit Class.” That page will allow you to associate that class- and you as a teacher- with a test subject. Your students will now be able to choose your name from a pull down list of teachers when they complete an activity on the site.

 

While you’re there, you can also add  or remove students to your class, a process also explained in the “Creating a Class” entry on this Blog.

So you’ve created some classes. Now what?

Well, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of our Assignments tab on your teacher Home page. To create an assignment, just A) click the Assignments tab, then B) the “Create New Assignment” link.

 

The rest of the process is pretty easy.

1. Choose the class/students you want to take the assignment. You can choose an entire class by simply clicking on the box next to the class name. If you only want specific students to take the assignment, click on the box next to the class name, “Uncheck All,” then select the student who you want to complete the assignment.

 

2. The next step is to Choose the Assignment. You’ll enter A) a name, B) then the type of assignment you want to give- Test, Practice, Game, or Video (Comprehension Questions)- and C) the appropriate options that go along with each type of assignment.

 

3. The final step is to Choose your Settings. A) You’ll determine the start date and end date for the assignment. When you choose a start date in the future, please note that the assignment will only show up on for your students when that start date has been reached. Also, once an end date has been reached, students will still be able to see the assignment on their Home page, but they will not be able to complete it. You can also choose whether or not you B) want students to have multiple attempts to improve their score, C) achieve a minimum score, or D) retest the questions they’ve missed. Then click “Save Assignment,” and you’re all done!

 

The assignment will then show up on your Home page and your students’ Home page.

 

Remember, this topic and many others are covered in the  “How To” videos located on your teacher Home page.

Now that your students are back in class and using USATestprep, you’ll want to track their progress. Of course, you can do this by using the Student Results tab on your Teacher Home page. But you can also have these results sent directly to your email’s inbox.

All you have to do is:

1. Click the Student Results tab.

2. Check the Receive Nightly Email Results box.

Checking this box will create an automated email from our system each night (around 2am Eastern) containing detailed data regarding all of your students’ results for the past 24 hours.

 

You might want to take a moment, as well, to verify that your email address is accurate and up to date. You can do this by clicking Edit Account underneath your avatar on your Teacher Home page.

 

One last thing: students will NOT be able to email you directly. They will not be able to see or access your email address through USATestprep.

 

 

Creating a class is an easy and necessary step in using USATestprep. By creating a class, you can not only assign students tasks- from the Assignments tab- but you can associate your name with a test subject.

Why is this important? By doing this simple step, students will be able to see your name from a pull down list when completing an activity such as a test, practice activities, or games. This will allow you to see their scores on all of these activities. If you ever hear a student say that they didn’t see your name in such a list, this is the reason why.

To Create a new class:

1.Click the Classes tab.

2.Click the “Create New Class” link.

3.Then type in a name for your class…

4.…and pick the test subjects that you want to associate with that class.

5.The final step is to add students to your class. (You do not have to do this in order to create a class, though: you can always add them later.) You can search for students who have created an account on USATestprep in a few ways. A) You can search by the first letter of their last name (click on the appropriate letter) or B) you can Search by typing in their first, last, or full name.

6.To add a student, just click “+ Add.”

7.You will see all enrolled students on the left.

8.Once you have added everyone, click the green Save and Close button. You’re done!

Just a reminder: Each August 1 we move around the data from the previous year in order to make the site run more smoothly. Here is what we do:

  • All test results are archived (for 1 year).
  • All practice and game results are deleted.
  • All data deleted by teachers is permanently expunged.
  • All data over 1 year old is expunged.
    We do NOT:
  • Delete classes.
  • Delete students.
  • Change teacher/account information.
    If you need more information about this policy, simply click the “Need Help” link at the top of any page, then the “Downloads” tab. Our “Data Management Policy” can be viewed, downloaded, and/or printed.

    And of course, if you have any questions please let us know.

As you probably already know, there is much, much more to USATestprep than multiple choice questions. But if you haven’t explored the other options, be sure to look at the Activities under the Print Resources section of your Test Subject page.

When you click on Activities, you’ll see a wide range of worksheets that can be printed and used in your class. Clicking on the image of the worksheet will bring up the printable copy for you. Just below that, you can print off a key for your records, or give us any feedback about the activity. Have a worksheet or two that you think other students and teachers could use? Just click on the link on the right to see the Opportunities for selling us your worksheets!

You can always download student results and save them to your hard drive or your network.

When you look under your “Student Results” tab (1) on your Teacher Home page, you will see Export on the left. First, make sure you select the appropriate Class, Activity, Date range, and any other variables that are appropriate. Next, Choose which version of Excel you have on your computer (2), then click the Export button.

These results will automatically download to your computer. Depending on your computer settings, Excel may open automatically, but you might have to manually start it on your own. The results are sortable and editable to suit your needs. Of course, it helps to have some prior use of Excel, but this might be something to ask your I.T. department about.

Even though it goes without saying, we’ll say it anyway: if you have any questions, just email or call us.

Ever see a question on USATestprep that you wanted to put on a benchmark test? Ever wanted to put your OWN questions on a benchmark test? Well, you can do both of those things by utilizing our “Favorites” feature.

If you see a question that you’d like to remember for another day, look for the “Add to Favorites” link underneath the question.

This will automatically add the question to your Favorites tab on your teacher home page. Here you can see both the USATestprep question you’ve tagged as favorites AND any questions of your own that you’ve input.

Clicking on the My Questions link, will allow you to add your own questions on the site. Choose “Add Question” and you start a 3 part step to adding a question. First, chose the Test Subject (1)you want the question to be a part of. Note: you must have already created a class that is associated with that test subject. Then choose the (2)standard with which the question will be associated. (Nomenclature in your state may vary from the example shown.) When finished, click the “Continue” button.

Next, input your question. You can assign an image (1) to your question. Just click the box and upload your jpg, png, or gif file. If the question needs a prompt or a passage, input it in the (2) prompt box. The text of your question (3) goes in the next box, and the choices (4) can be input underneath. BE SURE to choose (5) the correct answer… very important! If you want to include an explanation like other questions on USATestprep, input it (6) in the Explanation/Feedback box. You may also notice that you can use HTML tags by clicking on the (7) yellow HTML button. The button is associated specifically with the field to which it is adjacent. If you don’t wish to do this, simple ignore them. Once you’ve completed this step, click “Review Question.”

Then proof your work. If you need to revise it, (1) click the “Edit Question” link. If it looks perfect to you, (2) click the Submit Question button and it will be saved on your Favorites Tab.

The next time you create a Benchmark test in this test subject, you can add that question in third step of the process. Click “Replace With Similar Question” link…

… then choose (1) the “Favorites” tab on the next modal window. You will see relevant questions (2) you’ve entered- and you’ll also have access to USATestprep Questions (3) that you’ve previously tagged. When see the question you want to insert, just click (4) the green “Choose Question” button.

The system automatically replaces the old question with this new one. You can also see this is a question that YOU created: look at the apple!

You should note that when you create a question only YOU will have access to it. Yes, we store it for you, but no other teachers- not in any other school or even within your school- will be able to add it into their own benchmark tests, nor will it show up in their practice questions. Your question is only for you.

If you ever have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to lest us know.

Need to let your students’ parents know about your school’s USATestprep account? Would a reminder about reviewing for state testing be a good thing to let them know on the “home front”? We’ve got you covered.

On your Teacher Home page, you can print off two versions of our “Parent Letters.” Just click the appropriately-named “Parent Letters” link on the right.

You will see a pdf document for two options: a “Warm” and a “Stern” letter.

Both say some of the same things, but while the “Warm” letter simply lets the parents know about upcoming testing and your school’s subscription to USATestprep, the “Stern” letter lets them know that their child has not been doing as well, and that remediation is paramount importance.

Each letter can be printed and handed out to the student(s). But if you would like to tweak or personalize the message, feel free to “cut-and-paste” the text into a word processing document and edit it as you see fit.
We hope this adds a layer of accountability and documentation to your efforts to prepare all of your students for their demanding tests.