When you create a Benchmark test, keep in mind that you can always share that benchmark test with other teachers in your school.
To share a benchmark test, simply change the “Teacher” option in the first step- “1 Enter Teacher Info”- when you create a benchmark test. Change your name to “Shared Benchmark- Allow Students to Choose” from the drop down menu. When a benchmark is created with this option in place, any teacher who has chosen that test subject- American History, Algebra, etc.- will be able to have the results of the benchmark sent to them should a student choose. This is perfect for department or school-wide review.
As always, this topic and many others are covered in theÂ “How To” videos located on your teacher Home page.
It is unlikely to happen, but if you ever go to watch a video on the site and find that it wonâ€™t work, there are a few things you can do on your end to troubleshoot. Here are a few tips:
- If you are experiencing this is on a school computer, check with the IT department before doing anything.
- Make sure you have updated your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, etc.) to the latest version.
- Check that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash on the computer.
Last year, as every year, we gathered feedback from teachers and received a â€œwish listâ€ 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 youâ€™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 donâ€™t see your name from a list of teachers when using USATestprep?Â Well, donâ€™t worry: the school isnâ€™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 â€œCreating a Classâ€ entry above, but here is the quick scoop.
1. Click the â€œClassesâ€ tab.
2. If youâ€™ve created a class already, click the green â€œManage Classâ€ button on the right. (If not, click the â€œCreate a New Classâ€ link.)
3. On the next page, click â€œEdit Class.â€ 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 youâ€™re there, you can also addÂ or remove students to your class, a process also explained in the â€œCreating a Classâ€ entry on this Blog.
So youâ€™ve created some classes. Now what?
Well, youâ€™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.Â The next step is to Choose the Assignment. Youâ€™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.Â The final step is to Choose your Settings. A) Youâ€™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 theyâ€™ve missed. Then click “Save Assignment,” and you’re all done!
The assignment will then show up on your Home page and your studentsâ€™ Home page.
Remember, this topic and many others are covered in theÂ “How To” videos located on your teacher Home page.
Now that your students are back in class and using USATestprep, youâ€™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 emailâ€™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 studentsâ€™ 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.Â 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 didnâ€™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 â€œCreate New Classâ€ link.
3.Then type in a name for your classâ€¦
4.â€¦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 â€œ+ Add.â€
7.You will see all enrolled students on the left.
8.Once you have added everyone, click the green Save and Close button. Youâ€™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 â€œNeed Helpâ€ link at the top of any page, then the â€œDownloadsâ€ tab. Our â€œData Management Policyâ€ 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 havenâ€™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, youâ€™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 â€œStudent Resultsâ€ 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, weâ€™ll say it anyway: if you have any questions, just email or call us.