We have launched another exciting feature for MasteryConnect partners who are using item-based assessments. Students can now view passages and corresponding questions side-by-side, improving the overall user experience. This familiar layout is also similar to what they will see on most end-of-level state assessments.

This new side-by-side user experience is available for all devices with a resolution of 1356 or more, which is perfect for laptops and tablets—including Chromebooks!

Jump into your item-based assessments and give it a try.

 

Not using an item bank in MasteryConnect? Ask us how it can make building better assessments faster than ever.

It’s Benchmark Season!

September 26th, 2018

Here at MasteryConnect, we want to make sure you have a great benchmark season. To help you be successful, we have rounded up our best resources to ensure benchmarks are smooth sailing.

Step-by-Step Articles in the MC Help Center
Take a peek at our best benchmarking articles from our Help Center. Each one gives you step-by-step instructions during every part of the process.

Online PD Benchmarking Course
For a more thorough overview, visit Online PD for our course on all things Benchmarking. There are 5 short videos—three minute or less—that will walk you through building, scheduling, and administering Benchmarks at the school and district level. Log into your MC account and launch online PD from app launcher next to your name.

Need More Help?
Want your own Benchmarking PD Session from a MasteryConnect specialist? Request more information from your Regional Education Consultant or fill out this form.

Have a different benchmarking question for us? You can always log in to submit a ticket to our talented support specialists here.

Item Bank Versioning – Now Live!

September 12th, 2018

Certica Navigate Item Bank and CASE Item Bank users can now see when a change has been made to their items. As you know, we receive new versions of your items from your bank several times of year; the new item versioning functionality lets you know when an item has been updated.

For updated items, in order to maintain the data integrity of your assessments, we’ll be versioning the older items and allowing access to the newer items.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • While editing or cloning an assessment, look for the red update icon. It’s your signal that a newer version is now available.
  • Don’t worry! Assessments using the older items will still remain the same, but the owner of the assessment can update to the new version of the item if they choose to.
  • The most up-to-date items will always be shown in the Item Bank, so you’ll always have the latest and greatest at your fingertips.

Don’t have an item bank? now is the time to get one added! Call us at (801) 736-0258 or learn more here. And be sure to check our blog often for the latest feature updates!

 

We took the best features from each grader in the MC platform and created the ultimate grading experience just for you.

  • Get a better understanding of what needs to be done and what’s already been done while grading assessments with our improved “Save” and “Edit” functions.
  • Gain a more cohesive experience when grading assessments for your students. Whether you’re grading a document-based assessment, an item-based assessment, or a rubric, Performance Grader will get the job done!
  • Don’t worry! All existing functionality within our grading system has been maintained, just moved under one grader to give you a better experience overall.

Take a peek at more Performance Grading steps in our Help Center.

 

Android users rejoice! You can now get the full MasteryConnect Teacher App on both iOS and Android devices! The apps work as the perfect companion for mastery-tracking both around the classroom and away from your computer.

  • Scan assessments quickly and easily on the Android teacher app, just as you would using the desktop version.
  • Track and manage student work by using your phone to add images and notes to your students’ assessments.
  • iOS users! You can now utilize Evidence Capture and scanning on your iPhone and iPad, just like our Android users.
  • The iOS app also has the Student Profile View, Assessments List View, and a Raw Score grader. The Android app will support these same features in the coming months!

Learn more about how the MasteryConnect Teacher App can support learning in and out of your classroom in this Help Center article.

 

Join us for a special event to learn about the game-changing model that utilizes breakthroughs in machine learning technology, psychometrics, and data analytics to change the landscape of assessment.

A panel of experts will explore the differences between IRT and the new multi-dimensional Diagnostic Cognitive Modeling (DCM), and you will see how DCM revolutionizes mastery and personalized approaches.
States are seeking new innovative assessment models to replace the outdated No Child Left Behind Era, high-stakes assessments based on Classical Test Theory (CTT) and Item Response Theory (IRT).

This is the future of assessment. Come hear from the world-renowned psychometrician and the industry leaders who have been pioneering this new approach.

Learn More and Register

Find the Perfect Item for Passages
Want to see all items related to a specific passage? Good news! Find the perfect items from the community’s teacher-created assessments in seconds with new filtering functionality. Just enter the name of the passage in the item filter, then choose from the list of available items.

Experience Better Navigation for Items
Move around more easily with cleaner select dropdowns and better organized filter checkboxes.

Randomizing Functionality in a Snap
Always have access to the Add Random Questions and Randomize features, now located right above the items themselves.

Get Building!
Get step-by-step instructions on creating assessments using items in the MasteryConnect Help Center.

 

There’s been a dramatic shift in the type of assessments being delivered through MasteryConnect. Last year alone we saw a 40% increase in item-based assessments, which means two things: students have more ready access to devices, and our community has a growing appetite to author technology enhanced items. To meet this demand, MC Item Authoring has undergone a very welcome upgrade for the 2018-19 school year.

  • You now have plenty of space to work with authoring and preview panes that have been expanded to full-screen width.
  • Get a better overall experience with updated styling elements and flows.
  • Add Passages and Tools, like calculators and rulers, to your items from one simple location.
  • Use pre-created templates for many of the more complex item types. With these templates, you’ll learn more about authoring controls, while getting a preview of how students see that type of question.

Learn more about authoring dozens of item types in this MasteryConnect Help Center article.

 

We understand how important every minute is in the classroom, so we’re always looking for ways to make navigation in MC a little easier. With new updates, you’ll be able to get to the features that are most important to you in a snap.

  1. You’ll now see the word “Home” next to the logo in the upper right corner, so you always know how to get there.
  2. Curriculum Maps are an integral feature for many users in our community. To make them easily accessible, we’ve moved Maps to the main header (formerly under the Trackers menu).
  3. Custom Standards are now found under the new Maps menu.

 

Choose from two world-class PD events to Kansas City this September. Seats fill up for every event—get yours now!

 


 

Mastery Leadership Institute

Are you a principal, district administrator or instructional coach who is ready to move past just collecting data to actually using data to drive student growth? Join us at the Mastery Leadership Institute for an intensive leadership retreat focused on building skills and strategies for leading a school or district-wide data transformation.

Marriott Country Club Plaza
September 19-21
All-Inclusive Pricing Available

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MC Teacher Boot Camp

Take your instruction to the next level with strategies for prioritizing standards, using data to drive instruction, and creating the right assessment. Led by a nationally recognized veteran principal, this two-day immersive workshop is sure to get you thinking about and using data in new dynamic ways.

And, when you register before August 17th, you save $100 with special Early Bird Pricing!

Marriott Country Club Plaza
September 17 & 18
Special Group Pricing Available

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