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Quick Tips: Looking for Student Results?

December 20th, 2012 Kirby

When your students do work for you on USATestprep, you can always find their results under the “Student Results” tab on your Home page.

Or can you?

What if you get a notification that there are no results?

 

The system automatically loads the first 10 results over the last week, so if it has been more than seven days since students have completed work for you on the site you will not see anything. Just click, “See More Results” (1) for searching options.

 

You can search for results in a myriad of ways: by student (2), class (3), activity (4), test (5), current or archived (6), and- perhaps most importantly- by date (7). You can choose a predetermined time frame- last month, 3 months, etc- or within a specific date range. Once you have made your choice, click the “Go” button.

 

You will then see the results for the students/activities/date range you have chosen. Still don’t see the result you’re looking for? Note that at the bottom of the results (8) you can see how many result pages there are. You can change the number of results you see per page, as well.

And if you want to manipulate them further, you can click the heading of any column will sort the results by that category. Of course, you can View assignment results and Archive (9) ones that are old and you want hidden from view. (Don’t worry: you’ll still have access to them.) At the bottom of the results you also have another option. You can choose to have all results sent to you in a nightly email (10) simply by clicking the box to the left of that option. This report will be run in the middle of the night and send to the email address you have associated with your account.

 

These options should help you keep a better track of your students’ performance in your classes. Let us know if you have any suggestions or comments.

Quick Tip: Instant Messages

December 13th, 2012 Kirby

Instant Messages

You’ve probably already used our Message system- if you haven’t be sure to check out the How To Video or previous Blog entries- but you may not know about our ne Instant Messaging system.

You can send a Message to students currently online the same way that you would a traditional Message. But to make it an Instant Message, click the “Instant Message” option (1). You can also see which students are currently online (2), so you can tailor your message to that individual should the need arise.

 

After you send it, the selected online student will receive it automatically.

 

As with regular Messages, students cannot initiate communication with you OR with other students. Students can only reply to a message from their teacher if that teacher chooses “Allow Students to Reply” as an option.

More New Products!

December 10th, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep is happy to announce the addition of new test reviews.

For Indiana we have added U.S. History CAA and U.S. Government CAA.

For Kentucky we now offer seven new products:

  • Algebra II EOC
  • English 10 EOC
  • Reading 10 EOC
  • ACT English
  • ACT Mathematics
  • ACT Reading
  • ACT Science

If you teach in Indiana or Kentucky, be sure to sign up for free trial. If you do not already have a subscription, just click on the “Free Trial” button. If you already subscribe to other products, just give us a call or an email.

Quick Tips: Group Assignments

December 6th, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep has received requests from teachers for a way to create many assignments all at once. The wait is over. We have come up with a system that will do just that. We have an excellent “Group Assignments” video on our “How To” section, but here are a few of the most important points.

When you click on the “Create New Assignment” link from the “Assignments Tab,” you will have a choice to create a Single Assignment or a Group Assignment. Either type can be made for an entire class, selected students, or a single student.

 

Give your Group a title (1), and choose the appropriate test subject (2). Next choose which Tests (3) and/or Practice activities  (4) you would like to assign. (NOTE: If you wish to assign a Benchmark Test you must first create that test.) You do not HAVE to assign both. If you wish to only assign Practice activities, skip the Tests(s) section, and vice versa. In this example, we will only assign Practice activities.

After you choose your Domain (5), you will see the Elements listed below. Check the boxes for the kinds of activities you would like to assign. Choose as many or as few as you would like. (6)

 

For some activities- such as Skill Work, Videos, Puzzles, and Games- you may see a new window pop up. You will need to choose which activity/activities you would like to assign. You can select all with one click by choosing ”Select All” (A), or you can choose them individually (B). You can always reset the choices quickly by clicking ”Uncheck All” (C). Be sure to click the green “Save and Close” button (D) when you’re done.

 

 

When you’ve completed this process, you’ll see the all the assignment types checked next (7) for the appropriate the Elements, as well as the number of types of assignments you have chosen (8). You can always edit this by clicking on that assignment type. If you want to assign another Domain practice, you can always click on the “Add More Practice” link. (9) To go to the last step, click the green “Continue” button. (10)

 

The last step has you choosing your settings. To move the order of assignments, simply drag the assignment (11) up or down. Then, choose a start date and an end date (12) for the assignments. They can all be the same or you can set them for different dates. However, students will ONLY be able to complete the assignments in the order you have set for them. You can make any other changes in the last three columns should you choose. Once you are done, click the green “Save Assignment” button at the bottom of the window…

 

and you’re through!

 

You can then see this Group listed in your Assignments tab. (13) Just click the “+” to expand the Group.

 

As for your students, they’ll see a message in their Messages tab, but they’ll also see the group (14) in their Assignments tab. Notice that they can only complete them in the order you have set.(15)

 

We know you will love this new feature. For more information, be sure to watch the “Group Assignment” video in the “How To” section, and don’t hesitate to call or email us.

New Products for Indiana

December 3rd, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep is certainly not taking the holidays off. We are proud to announce new and updated products for Indiana High Schools.

  • Integrated Chemistry and Physics CAA
  • Physics CAA
  • Chemistry CAA
  • Earth and Space Science CAA
  • English 11 CAA
  • English 12 CAA

If you are subscribed to one of these updated products, you will automatically get the new version with no charge. If you do not subscribe to any of these but would like a free trial, just give us a call.

And more is on the way….

Quick Tips: Merge Student Accounts

November 8th, 2012 Kirby

Sometimes when a student forgets his or her username or password, they’ll just create a new account. This is a bad idea for them and for you as their teacher. When students create a second/third/eleventh account, they will most likely not be receiving any assignments you create for them. Why? You only know about their first/original account. As a result, they’ll lose any credit you would give them for completing their work. Additionally, multiple accounts makes tracking student performance more difficult for teachers and administrators. Fortunately, there are a few things that anyone with Admin access can to if a student has already created more than one account.

From the Admin tab on your home page, you can manually merge the multiple accounts of a student into one account. Simply locate a student that has more than one account (1) and click the orange “Merge” button next to the account you want to keep (2). [Note: this is usually the one with the oldest login.]

 

Then, click the name of the account (3) you want to merge INTO the account at the top (the one you chose to keep). Then hit the green “Merge Students” button (4).

 

You’re done! You’ll notice that the student now has just one account.

 

BUT, if you have many students with multiple accounts, there is a way to do this more quickly. Click the “Student Merge Suggestor” at the top of the Students tab.

 

Our system will immediately display any student accounts with identical student names and group them together. The student account in orange (5) represents the account that will be kept. The other multiple accounts for that student will be merged into that account displayed in orange. Click the green “Merge Students” button and you’re done.

 

This is a great way to clean up your student accounts quickly and without losing any data.

Elementary Social Studies Reviews for South Carolina

October 31st, 2012 Kirby

We are happy to announce the completion of Elementary Social Studies reviews for South Carolina. 4th and 5th Grade PASS Social Studies is available for purchase. Each are available at the low price of $225 per subject. Remember: that includes an unlimited number of users and usages for a 12-month period.

If you are interested in a free trial, you can sign up on our site!

VA SOL Updates

October 29th, 2012 Kirby

USATestprep is happy to announce the release our updated reviews  for VA SOL Earth Science and Chemistry. These both reflect the 2012 standards. If you already subscribe to the previous versions, you automatically receive the new versions free of charge.

If you don’t currently subscribe to either but would like a free trial, just email or call us.

Quick Tips: Eliminating Answers

October 25th, 2012 Kirby

Did you know that when you create a benchmark test you can have our system automatically eliminate an incorrect answer?

This option can be found in Step 2 of the Benchmark process.

 

By default, the “Number of Answers per Question” option is set at 4, but you can change this is a simple mouse click. If you choose to have three answers per question, when students take the test they will see one answer already eliminated for them.

 

 

Additionally, students can always choose to eliminate answers on any test they take. This can be helpful when students want to narrow their own choices for a question. Simply directing the mouse an answer choice will highlight that choice. To the right of an answer is the “Eliminate” link.

Clicking this will eliminate the answer for the student, which will be represented by the answer being “grayed out” with a line through it. The answer can easily be reactivated by clicking the “Reactivate” link.

 

These options can help both teachers and students improve scores and reduce test-taking anxieties.

Quick Tips: Sharing a Benchmark Test

October 19th, 2012 Kirby

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 the  “How To” videos located on your teacher Home page.

 

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