Quick Tips: Create a Class
September 6th, 2012 Kirby
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!
Fall User Meetings Announced
September 5th, 2012 Kirby
Attention users in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Indiana: we are happy to announce the venues for our 2012 User Meetings. As a reminder, you can receive in-depth training on USATestprep on the following dates in the following locations:
- 10/22: Jackson, MS – Hilton Jackson (8:30am-12:30pm)
- 10/23: Birmingham, AL – Woodrow Hall (8:30am-12:30pm)
- 11/2: Columbia, SC – Columbia Conference Center (8:30am-12:30pm)
- 11/5: Macon, GA – The Cox Capitol Theatre (8:30am-12:30pm)
- 11/9: Indianapolis, IN – Wyndham Indianapolis West (8:30am-12:30pm)
The cost is just $60 and payment can be made by credit card through the link included in your email and on your Messages tab. And you even get an awesome USATestprep t-shirt! But hurry: space is limited.
We hope to see you there!
North Carolina English II EOC
August 20th, 2012 Kirby
Due to needs from our current subscribers, we recently completed a review for the READY EOC English II Assessment. We custom built this resource from from DPI resources to accurately match the Standard Course of Study and Grade Level Competencies.
If you are interested in adding the READY EOC English II review to your subscription, please call or email us. Also, call or email us if you have an existing English I subscription and would like to switch your subscription to English II.
2 New Products and a New Game
August 6th, 2012 Kirby
USATestprep is pleased to announce three new additions to our family. Georgia subscribers can now access American Literature and Composition (CCGPS) and 9th Grade Literature and Composition (CCGPS). If you already subscribe to our English bundle you have full access to this.
Today also marks the appearance of “The Great Revealio.” Not only is this our newest game, but it is our first completely mobile- and tablet-friendly game. All users can find “Revealio” in the Games section right now. Give it a try!
August 3rd, 2012 Kirby
USATestprep is happy to announce that Coordinate Algebra is now available for all of our Georgia subscribers. It is part of the Common Core standards and is included at no charge if you subscribe to our Math bundle.
If you have any questions about it or any part of the site, please give us a call or an email.
Quick Tips: Data Management
July 30th, 2012 Kirby
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.
Congratulations, Beach High School!
July 26th, 2012 Kirby
A hearty congratulations goes out to the students, teachers, and everyone else associated with Savannah’s Beach High School. Through hard work and determination, the entire school excelled on the End of Course Tests this year. The school exceeded the state average in Math II, and the pass rates for Math II, U.S. History, and Economics were all higher than the district average. In fact, Beach improved its End of Course scores in all nine subjects. You can read all about it at savannahnow.com.
Way to go, Mighty Bulldogs!
July 24th, 2012 Kirby
USATestprep now has an Auto-Save feature built in to our system.
If your students are ever taking a test and the power goes out or if there is a sudden interruption in service, all of their progress will not be lost. Our system now saves the work a student is doing on a test every 10 seconds. If something unforeseen happens, students will receive this message when they log back on to USATestprep:
This should add a little peace of mind for you and your students, especially when storms are rolling through!
June 30th, 2012 Kirby
USATestprep is now offering a month-long special for all of our subscribers who renew early. Renew your subscription during the month of July and receive a FREE MONTH added to your subscription. You can take advantage of this offer regardless of your current account expiration date. We will simply extend your subscription from your current expiration date and add a FREE MONTH. This includes access to all major upgrades that will be implemented in the coming year, at no extra cost. Orders placed prior to July 1, 2012 are not eligible for this renewal special.
To take advantage of this offer, go to www.usatestprep.com/subscribe or give us a call. We will require a valid purchase order number, check, or credit card number to complete your order. Thank you for your continued support, we look forward to helping your students in the coming school year.
May 25th, 2012 Kirby
The most popular concerns that we hear deal with the Common Core State Standards. We want you to know that we are doing whatever we can to be prepared for these changes. USATestprep has recently finished aligning your state standards directly to the common core standards using the comparison tool from the state DOE. This allows you to see how questions fit into the new CCSS, and it allows you to see which concepts are in both and which are only listed by your state.
This summer, we are completing our dedicated CCSS review that will incorporate the new common core standards and be available for your students next school year. Due to cost and political uncertainties, it is too early to predict exactly what will be required of your students when the new testing (SBAC/PARCC) is rolled out. However, due to our speed and flexibility, we will be able to easily modify our product as more of this information becomes available.