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Quick Tips: Parent Letters

March 28th, 2013 Kirby

Parent Letters (Mar. 28)

Sometimes parents aren’t aware that their child has access to USATestprep, or even that the school has an account. We have a pre-made way for you to let them know that this valuable resource exists to them.

 

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

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

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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.

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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.

Quick Tips: Archiving Results

March 21st, 2013 Kirby

If you find that your Student Results tab has far too many entries for your liking,  you can always Archive them. This is kind of like a virtual file cabinet: you’re just moving them out of your way to another place that you don’t always see.

 

When viewing the Student Results tab, you’ll notice a blue Archive button. Clicking this button…

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… will remove it from the Current results you see automatically when viewing the Student Results tab.  To view archived results, click the button next to “Archived,” then press Go.

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You will then have access to all of the student results you have Archived. They’re still in our system and they still “count,” even though you don’t see them immediately. To change the status of a result, simply click the blue Unarchive button and it will once again appear on the Student Results tab as “Current.”

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Quick Tips: Need Some Extra Help?

March 14th, 2013 Kirby

From time to time we all need a little assistance, maybe a little more than this humble blog can provide. If you ever need help using USATestprep, you’ve got lots of options, and they can also be found on your Teacher Home page.

 

1. We have dozens of brief How-To Videos on the site. These look at specific tools and tasks found on the site, and are meant to instruct you quickly and easily.

2. You can also click the Training link to look at our other options for helping your faculty use USATestprep.

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Here, you will find many different opportunities for our staff to instruct you and your fellow teachers about the tools on USATestprep. From webinars to onsite training, we’ve got you covered.

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And, of course, you can email or call us. We’ll help you out!

Quick Tips: Tournament Time

February 28th, 2013 Kirby

Its almost that time again: time for basketball tournaments to monopolize  sports- and news- headlines around the country. You can take advantage of the excitement by having your own tournament with our original two player game, SGKS: Super Graduation Kombat Smackdown. You can find it under the Games tab on either the Teacher or Student site in each test subject.

But you can also print out tournament-style brackets to make the game even more interesting. You can find this on your teacher Home page. Just look for “Tournament Brackets” on the right in yellow box.

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A pdf file will open up with tournament brackets for 4, 8, 16, and 32 players.

Bring out the competitive side of your students by using SGKS- or any of our games- and these brackets, not just in March but all year long!

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Quick Tips: Edit Account

February 21st, 2013 Kirby

At some point you may need to change something very basic in your account. You might decide to change your password during the year. Or maybe your school has changed your email address or you might want to change it to something else. Theses are very easy tasks that you can handle quickly.

Just look for the Edit Account link under your avatar on your Home page.

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You can alter your salutation, make any name changes, and insert a new email address. If you see a message like the one shown in the graphic (1), it means that emails sent to you have been rejected by your server.  You will definitely want to update your email and click the “Re-enable Emails” box.”

In addition to changing your other login information (Username, Password, etc) and changing your avatar (on the right), you can now change the email preferences (2) that allow communication to your email address. Here you can choose to have a nightly email summary of student activity sent to your inbox, receive announcements from USATestprep, get reports about your school’s monthly usage, and get expiration notices.

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BE SURE to click the green “Save Changes” button to apply any alterations you have made.

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Easy cheesy!

Quick Tips: Password Search

February 14th, 2013 Kirby

[Disclaimer: This would probably NEVER happen to YOUR students.]

Occasionally a student may forget his or her password. Any teacher with a USATestprep account can help a student if this happens.

 

From your Home page, click the “Student Password Search” link on the right side of the page.

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Next, simply type in the student’s name. It could be the student’s first name or last name.

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When you find the name, click the student’s name, then  the Search button. You will then see the Username and Password for the student you selected. You can even print a password card for them.

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So if you know anyone who ever experiences this trauma, you may want to let them know about this handy feature.

New Features

February 8th, 2013 Kirby

We are proud to announce some important new features to help you and your students.

TEACHER MONTHLY SCHOOL USAGE REPORT
Login and edit your account settings under your avatar to receive this monthly email of your school’s activity. You will see logins and teacher and student usage data. We also have several new email options to choose from.

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PARENT WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT 

Students may register to send a weekly summary of their USATestprep progress to their parents. They simply login and edit their account settings to sign up. Parents must confirm the registration.

 

STUDENT VERSION OF TEAM PROJECTOR GAMES
Two or more students can now login and compete against each other on our updated student versions of Time Bus and Battle Royale. Only one computer/tablet is needed to play this game.

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COMMON CORE COMPLETE
USATestprep is now happy to offer a complete line of review products aligned to the Math and Language Arts CCSS. We just added our elementary product to our current middle and high school CCSS review products. Let us know if you are interested in a free trial to review any of these.

 

 

Quick Tips: Adding New Students

January 31st, 2013 Kirby

At the start of a new semester you might find that you have to add or remove students to or from an existing class. Fortunately, student management is a pretty easy task.

From your Classes tab, find the class you need to add students to, then click “Manage Class” on the right

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On the new window, click the green “Edit Class” button on the right.

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If need be, you can edit the name of the class or the test subjects associated with that class. Whether or not you make changes, click the green “Continue” button when ready.

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On the next screen you will see “Students in This Class” on the left. To remove  (1) a student from your class, click the red X.  You have a few choices to add students. You can (2) click the “Suggest” button. This will create a list of students that have reported scores to you in the past 12 months. You can also (3) click on any letter of the alphabet to see student accounts sorted by last name. Or you can (4) click the “+ Search” link to search for students by their first or last name. Regardless of the option you choose, to add as student to your class, click the blue “+ Add” link (5). When finished, click the green “Save and Close” button.

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After that… you’re done! If a student has never used USATestprep before, he/she will need to have an account created before he/she can be added. Please refer to our earlier Blog entry about doing this, or check out our How To Videos from your Home page.

NC READY Algebra II & Geometry

January 30th, 2013 Kirby

We have recently added READY Algebra II and READY Geometry to our reviews for North Carolina. All current subscribers of Algebra II EOC and Geometry now have access to READY Algebra II and READY Geometry.

If you do not currently subscribe to either of these and would like to add either or both, please give us a call or an email.  We can have this service available within 24 hours of receiving your credit card or purchase order.  We can also provide you with a pro-rated price so all your expiration dates match.

Also, if you already have an account and would like a Free 10-day trial, let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you.

South Carolina Middle School CCSS

January 30th, 2013 Kirby

USATestprep’s reviews for CCSS subjects for South Carolina Middle School are now complete. We are pleased to release the following:

  • 6th Grade ELA
  • 6th Grade Math
  • 7th Grade ELA
  • 7th Grade Math
  • 8th Grade ELA
  • 8th Grade Math

 

If you would like to add any of our CCSS products to your current subscription, please call or email us.  We can have this service available within 24 hours of receiving your credit card or purchase order.  We can also provide you with a pro-rated price so all your expiration dates match.

Also, if you already have an account and would like a Free 10-day trial, let us know. If you are not a current subscriber, just click the Free Trial tab on our Home page.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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