picture-1.pngAccording to the Rome News-Tribune, Rome City Schools and Floyd County Schools are pleased with the gains made on their most recent Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT). Four of the five high schools in this area are USATestprep subscribers. Rome High School saw major jumps in social studies, nine points to 93 this year from 84 in 2006, and science, which rose five points to 82 from 77. The statewide numbers in social studies went to 87 from 85 and rose in science to 74 from 72.

“I am just tickled to death and have nothing but praise for Dr. (Tygar) Evans,” Superintendent Gayland Cooper said of his principal at Rome High School after he reviewed the scores. “I’m just very excited and thrilled about the improvements in social studies and science. This shows administrators, teachers and students are working together to improve.”

When we contacted Dr. Evans, he stated that, “Yes, I am excited about the contributions that USATestPrep had on our preparation for the GHSGT this year at Rome High School. I feel our students used the information wisely and it had a positive impact”.

If you have had a positive experience with the site and your test scores have reflected this, please let us know joe@usatestprep.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

AlabamaThe Alabama Department of Education has let us know that the new item specifications for the AHSGE Science test (which is now 100% Biology) will be released by the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year. However, they may preview these at the annual MEGA conference this summer. If any subscribers have a copy of these, please share them with us. This would allow us to have this new review ready for you and your students when you get back to school next year.

We recently reset the high score boards. We discovered our game had some loop holes to allow players to cheat. Nobody likes that. We have made some edits to the game and cleared all the boards.

We have heard a lot of positive feedback on the games. Please contact us if you have any suggestions.

cross_wordpuzzles_200w.jpgYesterday, a South Carolina subscriber mentioned that the font for our crossword puzzle answer keys was too small. We are in the process of building new SC puzzles to correct this problem. It will be completed by the end of the day today.

If any other subscriber finds other problems with a USATestprep crossword, please contact us. We will address the problem within 24 hours.

A personal thanks to Mary O’Dell and Taminika Shadd!

Early this week some of our subscribers experienced a problem with our tests and quizzes. Some students were getting empty quiz and test results after they hit submit. We apologize to those students and teachers.

We analyzed and corrected this problem. Without getting too technical, the error was a result of moving to the new server last weekend. We are confident the problem is corrected and you will not experience it again. If you ever run into any technical or content problems, please let us know immediately. We strive to maintain a quality, user-friendly website and highly value all customer feedback.

We would like to personally thank Jeffery Crane, Vicki Loess and Mary Boatright for helping us diagnose this problem.

We have had so much positive feedback from our “Head of the Class” review game that we decided to make a second version of the game.

The next theme is an alpine climber. We have not decided on the name of the game yet. He must start at his base village and advance 7-8 levels by answering curriculum questions to reach the top of the mountain.

If you have an idea for the game’s name, shoot us an email (info@usatestprep.com).
We hope to launch the new game at the first of the year.
Climber

HelpToday one of our new subscribers called informing us that our new help videos were not working.

Our help section contains screen capture quicktime movies of common tasks for our website. We try to test all functions of our site to work in all browsers and all computer types. We work primarily on Mac computers. Nancy found that our movie code was not working on her PCs running Internet Explorer version 6.0. After some quick testing we found the problem in the code and have all the videos working again.

I wanted to thank her and encourage anyone to report technical problems with the site. We work very hard to correct problems in a timely manner.

We are currently working on a fantastic resource for any school district administrator or curriculum expert. We are building a master district uber page where any district personnel may log in and view school by school statistics gathered from each school’s test stats and usage.

This could be valuable for tracking school use of the site, determining weak areas in district curriculum, and simply making sure each district school is using the site.

If you want to learn more about this, visit this link.

Coming Soon… Students have requested some more interactive resources, and teachers have asked for something different for students to use that is standards-based. We are in the process of doing both with our new game. Tied to the same state standards, students will work their way towards the “Head of the Class”.