The review curriculum for the GHSGT Social Studies test has been converted to the GPS/QCC combined standards. The older testing standards are still available via a new link on the site. Students will now have a review experience that is aligned directly to the new tests coming up in March. All current Georgia Social Studies subscribers receive instant access to this resource at no additional charge.

All test data, puzzles, resources are brand new for this test.

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grow.jpgWe have often gotten requests from teachers for specific questions to be added to the database. For this reason, we have recently developed the “Help Grow the Database” feature. This new feature allows teachers to add questions in an easy, step-by-step process. These questions are then internally reviewed and added to the online system for students to start using.

You will find this listed as the second item at the top right under “Other Items” after you log in as a teacher. We hope you enjoy this new feature, and we look forward to receiving your submissions.

1.pngToday students may now play as a bulldog! We have a total of 4 new characters on the way.

A subscriber emailed me requesting a “mouse free” experience when working in our vocabulary activities. We listened and made this possible. Now when you start a set of terms the cursor is pre-loaded in the blank for typing and hitting the enter key will submit your answer. We hope you enjoy this small but useful edit.
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Based on subscriber feedback, we have added some new features to the site. I will also take this time to answer a few common questions we have received lately.

Study Guide Dojo
Create custom, printable, student study guides with a few clicks of the mouse. These are ideal for tracking and documenting the remediation of your students.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/dojo.mov

Teacher Management System
Students previously typed in teacher email addresses to have activity and test results emailed. Now teachers simply add themselves to the system and their names are listed in a user-friendly pull down menu for students. No more lost results due to typos.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/teacher_email.mov

Section Quiz Results Now Stored
Due to popular demand, section quizzes are now stored on our database just like our tests. Students take an online section quiz and teachers may login and query by name, date, grade, student id, or teacher to find particular quiz results.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/quiz_results.mov

Quiz, Test, Progression Data Graph
When analyzing student data, you will now see a line graph progression by date. This will help you see trends graphically.
Watch Demo Movie – http://usatestprep.com/movies/new_graph.mov

Q. When will you be updating content for new upcoming state tests?
A. We always update content before the first administration of any new state tests. Our internal goal is always to launch new review materials at least two months before the new test. We complete the lion’s share of our new authoring during Winter and Summer break.

Q. How do I report a question that contains an error?
A. Every one of our questions and vocab terms will have a link that says “Question/Term Feedback” after you have submitted your answer. We respond to all submissions within 24 hours.

As always, do not hesitate to call or email if you have any feedback or questions.

dojoLead your young grasshoppers to testing enlightenment. Create custom, printable, student study guides with a few clicks of the mouse. These will be ideal for tracking and documenting the remediation of your students.

This new feature is NOW AVAILABLE to all teachers. Simply use your teacher login and find it in the teacher resources section.

Due to our fantastic subscriber growth we are upgrading our server. The move and upgrade will take place this weekend.

Upgrading our servers will ensure the fastest learning experience for your students and staff.

If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to email or call.

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We have worked for nearly three months developing this new game for students (and faculty) to play. Our goal was to create a “versus” type game where two students could play head-to-head. We brainstormed to think of some awesome playable characters to make it more enjoyable. We designed this game based on our #1 request from students, “Build more fun games.”

Tasty Tidbits:

    6 playable characters
    Single or 2 Player Mode
    Student Accounts
    Educational
    High Score Board
    Power Ups
    Finishing Moves

Many Mississippi subscribers had been curious about how we were going to deal with the new frameworks that were put in place over the summer by the Department of Education for English II and Algebra I. We have been busy staying on top of these new standards and have now completed the update to the site. Upon logging in, you will see these changes to the two new tests, with the (Revised) subheading. However, you still will be able to use the standards from the old frameworks, if any of your students require testing based on these. They are listed at the top of the subject page in blue and conspicuously labeled. We hope this helps your students. Enjoy.

Much of our work this summer was spent addressing the most common request from our Georgia subscribers in our Spring survey, to further breakdown the EOCT reviews. We have now accomplished just that. After logging in to any GHSGT subject for review, you will see the two EOCT sub-tests listed at the top of the page. We have just completed breaking these down into the same content areas and percentages as indicated by the state. In addition, all EOCT reviews are up-to-date with the new Georgia Performance Standards: Physical Science and Biology, Economics and US History, 9th Grade and American Literature. We hope you are now better able to help your students with these tests as they come up at the end of this and next semester. Enjoy.