MasteryConnect new view for assessment community

It’s a new year, and at MasteryConnect we’re doubling down to bring you the best experience possible. As the first of our 2018 features releases and improvements, we’ve revamped the MC Assessment Community to make it easier than ever to find quality, teacher-created resources that meet your students’ specific learning needs.

Watch a guided tour with our MC product guru Kyle to see how the new functionality will save you time.

A few highlights

  • A new grid view provides instant previews of assessments while searching the community
  • Laser-focused, customizable filtering options means you get what you’re looking for in seconds
  • Search speed and accuracy means less searching, more learning


Improvements for Administrators

In addition to all the great updates for teachers, we’ve also launched a series of upgrades to administrator-specific features. Take the tour for administrators below to see how you can more efficiently manage benchmarks and district formative assessments.


There’s More to Come!

We’ll be announcing exciting new enhancements in the coming weeks—keep an eye on your inbox and on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know!

Learn More About MC

If you’re not already using MasteryConnect tools for innovative assessment and curriculum planning, learn more about how we can support teachers in your school and district. Watch overview.



We know you’re always on the move.  That’s why we’ve made sure the newest version of the MC Teacher App for iPhone has all the innovative assessment tools you love right on your iPhone. These tools, which were previously only available on iPad, makes it’s easier than ever to personalize learning, target interventions, and personalize learning on the go. 

New features for the MC Teacher App for iPhone include

  • Trackers list and details
  • Student views with mastery levels and performance by standard
  • Raw score assessment creation
  • Standard views with assessments and scores
  • Ability to generate test IDs
  • iPhone X support (we know it’s on your Christmas list!)

Get the latest Teacher App now in the App Store! 

And, as promised, a little note for Android users…

We’ve heard you, and the first version of the MC Teacher App for Android is on its way! You’ll get the power to scan bubble sheets right from your Android phone; no more going back to your desk to get that immediate feedback.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Android news — coming early 2018!


Leveraging data for continuous improvement, as you know, can be easier said than done. By working with dozens of school systems around the country, our partners at Schoolzilla have learned best practices to keep any conversation about data positive and productive.

As part of our webinar series focused on using data effectively to drive student growth, the Schoolzilla data gurus will join on Tuesday, December 5th to share their best strategies on how to transform your next data conversation. Whether you’re prepping for a PLC meeting, coaching conversation, or PD session, we’ll help you come away feeling ready to take action for our students!

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P.S. If you’d like to tune in but aren’t available, please register and we’ll share a recording you can watch at your convenience after.


Join us for a two sessions dedicated to building communities for real change

Leading education consultants Tom Hierck and Garth Larson will join MasteryConnect Chief Academic Officer Trenton Goble in a special two-session webinar series in November. These focused webinars, held on November 1st and November 7th, are designed to take administrators on a deep dive into the role culture plays when rolling out new grading, assessment, and learning initiatives. If you are looking to implement change that truly impacts learning, these are two hours you won’t want to miss.

PART 1 | November 1st, 10AM MT
Moving Schools Forward, On Purpose with Tom Hierck

A 29-year education of public education, Tom will share his experience in working with schools and districts around the country as it pertains to building a culture of collective responsibility and commitment. He’ll present the can’t-skip steps to building a community that truly promotes “learning for ALL”. Key topics will include leading meaningful collaborative conversations, aligning policy and practice, and planning next steps.

PART 2 | November 7th, 10AM MT
Grading for Impact: Raising Achievement through Target-Based Assessment and Grading with Garth Larson

The following week, Garth Larson will join us to discuss target-based grading and how it maximizes learning, increases achievement, and creates a community through honest and accurate results. Join Garth in this interactive webinar to learn more about how target-based assessment, grading, and reporting raises student achievement—and see why it works for ALL schools for ALL students in ALL communities.

Read the full descriptions, learn more about our presenters, and sign up!

KDS Pre-built Assessments


Inspect® Prebuilt Assessment Suites for this school year are available within MasteryConnect for Common Core and select states!


The Inspect® assessment solution offers thousands of pre-built assessments for ongoing formative assessment throughout the school year, including assessment suites for Classroom Checkpoints, Interim Formative Assessment, Comprehensive / End-of-Year Assessments and more.

These assessment bundles support SBAC, PARCC, and individual state standards. They are included with the Inspect® Item Bank for Common Core standards and the following states:


New Jersey

Join MasteryConnect for a live webinar on October 11th as we talk with Kendall Weiser, Inspect® Assessment Director, to learn about the pre-built assessments available with the Inspect® Item Bank.

In this webinar, we will cover

  • The seven different suites of pre-built assessments
  • Evidence-based design principles used to create these rigorous assessments
  • How these assessments benefit students at various levels of cognitive complexity
  • Ways to gain insight into student weaknesses through the different assessments
  • How you may modify the assessments to match your district’s pacing

Learn how the Inspect® assessments can become a powerful tool in your district.

Register for the webinar now!

Still want more info? Check out the brochure.

Help Center


Calling all New York administrators, teachers and leaders! Join us on October 5th as we kick off our nationwide 2017 MC Summit Series, a new kind of event for education leaders.

The New York City event is held in partnership with Teaching Matters, a NYC-based organization committed to improving teaching and learning in urban areas. Together, MasteryConnect and Teaching Matters will facilitate this intimate evening to explore the important work being done in NYC schools, especially in regards to better technological tools and improved teacher development.

Register for the NYC event now — you won’t want to miss this!

More About the MC Summit Series

The new MC Summit Series will connect the best and the brightest in K-12, providing an intimate space to share ideas that make a meaningful impact on student growth. When you attend, you’ll rub shoulders with other education trailblazers and take a deep-dive into the many ways to implement lasting change through innovative assessment, mastery learning, and the latest education technology. You’ll be encouraged to share your story and network with others in your area tackling the same challenges.

At each event, a panel of local experts and the MasteryConnect team will discuss and share tangible takeaways on the hot topics, like:

  • Formative Assessment
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Standards-based grading
  • RtI

Read more about the MC Summit Series and our featured speakers here.
And be sure to join us in NYC or look for upcoming dates across the country.

New Year, New Online PD

September 13th, 2017

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We’ve refreshed our Online PD video courses to make sure you have everything you need to get the most from MasteryConnect in your classroom. We’ve updated 24 lessons, and added brand-new courses—like one dedicated to MC Teacher App!

Whether you’re new to MasteryConnect, or just need an after-summer refresher to sharpen your skills, our team will walk you through step-by-step instructions, advice, and tips in on-demand video tutorials. Check out the list below to see which lessons have been revised with the latest and greatest MasteryConnect info for the new school year.


Introduction Course

  • Navigation
  • Community
  • Create a Tracker
  • Create a Tracker from a Curriculum Map
  • Tracker Basics
  • Add a Community Assessment
  • Raw Scores Assessment
  • Performance Grader
  • Deliver an Offline Assessment
  • Deliver an Online Assessment
  • Reports

Intermediate Course

  • Item Banks
  • Rubrics
  • Resource Pins
  • Creating Curriculum Maps

Item Banks Course

  • Introduction

MC Mobile Apps Course

  • Introduction
  • Teacher App – Scoring
  • Teacher App – Sorting

MC Leadership Course

  • Manage Accounts
  • Community
  • Delivering Benchmarks
  • Overview

To get MC lessons anytime, anywhere, launch Online PD from the ? at the top of your MasteryConnect home screen.


Back-to-School Tips from MC Pros

September 8th, 2017

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Another school year has kicked into full gear! At MasteryConnect, we’re proud to be a part of your classroom, and we want you to have the best MC experience possible.

Today our team of support gurus share their best tips to help you go back in style with our curriculum and assessment tools.



Locate Internal Support

It’s likely that your school or district has designated an internal employee to be the first line of support for you and your fellow teachers. They may have very specific resources or training opportunities.

To see your internal support contact and their contact info, click on the question mark icon next to your name in your MasteryConnect interface.


Get to Know Online PD


Did you know you have on-demand MC professional development anytime, anywhere? Our Online PD courses offer a slew of instructional videos that provide detailed instructions for MC. Use Online PD videos to find answers about the software, get a quick refresher after a long (but not long enough!) summer, or practice putting all of these pieces into action. And we have updated video content for the year, as well as new courses—like MC for mobile devices.

Access Online PD by logging into your MasteryConnect account and clicking the ? icon at the top right of the page next to your name.



Search Our Help Center

Our Help Center is stocked full of articles to walk you through any aspect of MasteryConnect. Build your MC superpowers with step-by-step instructions on just about any topic.

Access the Help Center articles by logging into your MasteryConnect account and clicking the matrix at the top right of the page next to your name.



Make Necessary Firewalls Fixes

A strict firewall can block or interrupt MC. Your school or district’s IT team will need to ensure all required websites are accessible from your network.

View all domains that need to be whitelisted in this help article.


Update GradeCam

GradeCam saves you loads of time when it comes to grading stacks of bubble sheets. To make sure this magical scanning goes off without a hitch, be sure you GradeCam plugin is updated to the latest version.

Get the latest plugin and test your GradeCam settings, visit:

And view our GradeCam troubleshooting guide. Most issues can be resolved by the steps in that guide, like uninstalling and installing the plugin. (Another good tip: make sure the assessment you’re scanning for has an active Test ID.)


Update Your Browser

The MasteryConnect site is always tested on the latest and greatest versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. That’s why it’s best to keep your browser version updated.

View details on our browsers and hardware specifications here.



Submit Support Tickets

If you are unable to find answers to your questions in Help Center articles or Online PD videos, you can submit and manage a support ticket from the Help Center.

The ticket system allows you to

  • See your open tickets in a single view
  • Add comments to your tickets
  • Add screenshots
  • View additional ticket details like status and assignee

Submit a support ticket by following these steps:
1. After you login to MasteryConnect, click Help below the main navigation bar.



2. The Help Center will open in a separate browser. Click on your name again and select My Requests.



3. From this page, you’ll be able to manage any submitted tickets. At a glance, you can see when the ticket was created, the last time there was any activity on it, and the current status.

4. Click the subject line of the ticket to open it.Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 10.35.52 AM



5. Here, you can see your original request and all communication concerning it. If the ticket has been assigned, you’ll also see the name of the support team member who’s handling it.


6. When you’re done, click the MasteryConnect logo to return to the Help Center, or close the browser window to continue working.



We hope you’ve had a great start to the school year, and here’s to tracking mastery in ‘17-’18!

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Get a single-page view of all trackers in a student’s progress report with new Summary Pages. Learn how this new option streamlines the Progress Report process for administrators.



For step-by-step instructions on Progress Reports, view our Help Center article.