Future features that are being considered were all well-received. In order of perceived value, respondents felt that the Student Remediation Tracker would be most useful. The rest in order are: Breaking down EOCT content by domain, The ability for teachers to add questions, Developing a head-to-head review game, and Audio reading of questions. We have all of these on our anticipated release schedule and will be working on them throughout the upcoming school year.
Some new features that users would value that were not in our list of anticipated changes, include (in order of most to least requested): individual topic area tutorials, individual student progress tracking, on-site help, LCD projector settings, and more printable materials. Our plans have now been modified to include many of these useful features. We anticipate making great strides over the course of the next year to meet these needs while maintaining our quality and ease-of-use. If you ever have comments, ideas or feedback on the site, please contact us directly. We appreciate all feedback from our users.
I LOVE USATestPrep! My 24 students used it every day for one hour. They were impressed with the variety of questions, ease of use, e-mail ability of system, and fun of working online. Every single one of my students passed the GHSGT this spring! All but two passed at the “pass plus” level!!! I am so thankful that my principal invested in USATestPrep for our school!!!
As of June 1, 2007, 284 subscribers completed the 14 question survey sent to all contacts of all accounts that subscribe to USATestprep for graduation/end of course online review. These users come from 147 different schools; this represents approximately 25% of all of our current users. Of the respondents, 70% came from Georgia, 10% from Alabama, 9% from South Carolina, and the remaining respondents were split from Mississippi, California, Tennessee and Nevada. The vast majority of respondents were classroom teachers, 71%. Administrators, Counselors, and Media Specialists make up the rest, at around 10% each.
The most important information that was uncovered was that 99% of respondents feel that USATestprep has helped their students review for their tests, and would recommend USATestprep to other schools.
The most valued and used resource by subscribers is the diagnostic practice test. Next, in order of usefulness and value to users are: Tutorial Practice Questions, Section Quizzes, Student Data Tracking, Quiz and Worksheet Generators, Educational Games, Matching Activities and Vocabulary Flashcards round out the top 10. The least used features include the Glossary, the Email review and, lastly, the Blog.
“I like the immediate feedback for the students; also appreciate your consideration in rewording questions when teachers send an email asking about a particular test item or questionable answer choices; Like the the different length tests so that you can incorporate review time during class based on your daily lesson plans; this site has been a wonderful resource for EOCT prep and the high school graduation test!!! Our first time test takers scored 7% higher this year than last on the GHSGT, partly due to this wonderful resource.”
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WOW! In less than one week, we have received over 100 applications for only 2 Question Author Positions. Obviously, we have found MANY qualified candidates. At this time, we have to stop accepting applications to be able to go through them all. We appreciate all of you who submitted applications, and we will be getting back to the final candidates by phone or email by the end of the week.
According 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.
â€œI am just tickled to death and have nothing but praise for Dr. (Tygar) Evans,â€ Superintendent Gayland Cooper said of his principal at Rome High School after he reviewed the scores. â€œIâ€™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.â€
When we contacted Dr. Evans, he stated that, â€œYes, 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 impactâ€.
If you have had a positive experience with the site and your test scores have reflected this, please let us know email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Many teachers requested a means to track student use within our tutorial question system. With the new 5.0 version of the site, we listened and added this ability. Now, when a student completes a set of random, advanced, or beginner tutorial questions he/she is presented with an option to print a summary or email results to his/her teacher. The student is also presented with the option to retry missed questions/terms.
We also added this reporting feature to our game and vocabulary module.
The 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.
Our diagnostic tests are the #1 resource on the site. Students receive a different test every time they take it and the results may be stored or sent via email to the teacher. They also provide instant feedback on missed questions and the weak and strong content areas of each student.
We decided we wanted to make our #1 feature even better!
1) A student may take a test and then re-test missed questions. This feature was one requested by a student. The cumulative results page will show the student’s original test stats and combined stats based on their re-test performance.
2) Full html rendered versions of missed questions may now be viewed via email by the teacher. This is a huge visual improvement. Before teachers could see missed questions but not the images used in the question. Now they can see both.
3) Stored student test results now contain test stats AND missed questions. Before, the only way for a teacher to view missed questions was via a printout or email results.
4) Teachers may export and aggregate data of a class or multiple student tests to CSV or Excel format. Student data analysis has never been this easy or powerful!
Something new, something different – all based on your specific content area! USATestprep, in conjunction with WordForge, has developed interactive crossword puzzles and wordfind puzzles. Both of these games allow your students to connect key vocabulary words to their definition. In the crossword, students type in their terms based on a definition. In the wordfind, they highlight terms that apply to given definitions. It’s all online, interactive, based on your specific content areas, and a fun, new way to review.
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.