Android users rejoice! The MasteryConnect Teacher App is now available in the Google Play store.

With everything you need to launch and document performance-based assessments on your Android phone or tablet, you can roam free in your classroom, capturing evidence of learning wherever and whenever it happens.

With Teacher App in your pocket, here’s what you can do:

  • Launch assessments right from your phone or tablet
  • Record levels of student learning by uploading photos and notes with Evidence Capture
  • Score bubble sheets instantly with GradeCam
  • Record rubric-based grades for student performances and projects

 


 

See Teacher App in Action

 


 

This on-the-go approach to formative assessment makes it easy for you to assess your way, allowing you to provide instant feedback anytime learning happens—including field trips, performances and other non-traditional learning environments.

Interested in learning more about Teacher App or scheduling a demo? Call us at (801) 736-0258!

 

Aw, a brand new semester full of new learning opportunities, and…roster updates. If your school or district is importing sections through Clever, and you find that you are either missing students or have “extra” ones, you can quickly update those new rosters to your existing Trackers.

Follow these step-by-step directions to get your rosters in tip-top shape for Spring semester.

  1. Click on Trackers, then find the tracker you want to connect; click on Edit under the tracker name.

 

  1. Select your class from the Link to Classroom drop-down menu, and click on Update.

 

  1. Make sure the number of students in your tracker matches the number in the classroom you are linking to and the section is the correct semester roster. If there are any hiccups in matching the students, you’ll receive an error message.

 

When a student is moved from one classroom to another during the school year, you can easily transfer that student’s information (including mastery levels and scores) to the new teacher’s Tracker if the Tracker is not connected to a section.
 

In order to do this:

  • The student must be transferred within the same school
  • The new grade level and standards must be the same
  • The student must have been manually added to the Tracker (students added as part of SIS sections can not be transferred using this function)

 

How to do this:

  1. In the Tracker, hover over the student’s name and click Edit.

 

  1. On the Edit Student dialog, click Transfer.
    Note: If you do not see the Transfer option, your student may have been added as an SIS section, and you will be unable to transfer them using this function.
  1. Click the Transfer to Classroom drop-down menu and select the tracker to which you want to transfer the student. You will only see trackers from teachers in your school with the same standards.

 

  1. The student’s information, including mastery levels and assessment scores will now appear in the new tracker with all the existing data.

 

To better protect the owners of copyrighted materials, we have updated our MasteryConnect Online Terms and Conditions. Please review the updated terms of use to ensure that you are uploading and sharing copyrighted materials in adherence to the MasteryConnect Terms of Use. Setting an accurate privacy setting for each assessment is the best first step.

MasteryConnect makes it easy for teachers to build, upload, and share their assessments with other teachers in the online community. However, we are also committed to protecting the rights of content providers—both companies and educators—who create and sell K-12 lessons and assessments. To protect copyrighted materials, we have multiple privacy settings to limit who can see and use uploaded materials.

Check Your Privacy Settings

When uploading assessments into MasteryConnect, it’s important that you choose the correct privacy setting to prevent protected materials from becoming publically available. Every time you upload an assessment, you’ll be asked to set the level of privacy.

There are four levels of privacy you’ll choose from:

  • Share with the community (recommended)
  • Make this material private to me
  • Make this material private to my school
  • Make this material private to my district

 
Be sure to check the conditions of your protected materials in order to set the accurate privacy level. We also suggest you do a quick review of previously uploaded materials to make sure the privacy level is accurate.

As another layer of defense against copyright infringement, the MasteryConnect team continually monitors the community to update privacy settings when necessary. If we find a copyrighted assessment, we will change it to the “private to me” setting and send a message to notify the user that we have adjusted the privacy level and why.

Help Protect Copyrighted Materials

If you see an assessment that should not be public, you can reach out to the user who uploaded it by either commenting in the box below the assessment or sending the user a private message. We appreciate your help in protecting our online community!

 

We know that educators have a lot on their plate at all times. That’s why MC Support Specialists want to help you get the support you need with as little back-and-forth as possible.

Here’s what we did to make submitting a Support Ticket more efficient:

  1. There’s now a section for ‘Additional Information’ that gives you space to include specific information about your issue. You can now include the names of students, teachers, trackers and assessments, so we can address the problem you’re seeing right away.
  2. Support tickets are now shorter than ever, so it takes less time to submit a ticket and less time for us to resolve your issues.
  3. No need for you to pull information about your browser or operating system every time you submit a support ticket anymore—we’ve got you covered! We now automatically include that information to make it easier for you to get the help you need.

Get more information on how to submit a support ticket here.

Have a MasteryConnect question? Visit our Help Center for articles and video tutorials. Or get one-on-one help from one of our Support Specialists by submitting a support ticket here.

Help Center

 

Start 2019 off right with a PD plan for your teachers and leaders. We are offering exclusive pricing on our Mastery Leadership Institute, Teacher Boot Camp and On-site PD if you purchase before December 21st!

 

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Experience our premier PD that’s guaranteed to transform the data culture in your school or district. When you buy a seat to our January session or our special summer event, you’ll save $700 on the all-inclusive MLI retreat!

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  • San Diego, CA | January 16 – 18, 2019
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Learn more about MLI!

 

#2 Early Bird Deals on Summer Boot Camps

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Choose the Early Bird Deal that’s right for your team:

  • Early Bird Registration – $800
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Learn more and reserve your seat!

 

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Customize a plan of three on-site professional development sessions for the price of two! Whether you want to introduce MasteryConnect to new teachers or promote deeper usage among your team, we can build a plan to meet your specific goals.

Ready to learn more about how you can get this limited-time deal? Call us at (801) 736-0258 to learn more.

Tech Tip: Check your core!

November 15th, 2018

Help Center

 

We picked the brains of the MasteryConnect Support Team gurus to share tips on some of the most commonly seen support issues reported by MC Users.

Today we’ll cover why it’s important that assessments are aligned to the same standards found within your Tracker. Most users see this mismatch issue when they can’t upload an assessment. Read on to learn about why this happens—and how to fix it.

Why can’t I add my assessment to my tracker?

If you are having trouble adding an assessment to your Tracker, it’s a safe bet that the standards that are aligned to it don’t match the standards built into the Tracker. In order for an assessment to be visible in a tracker, all standards that the assessment covers must be present in the Tracker.

What’s an example of why this would happen?

Below are three scenarios MC Support Specialists commonly see educators experiencing.

  1. Let’s say you are a fourth grade teacher and you want to see what knowledge your students have retained about the properties of multiplication (which they learned last year). You may choose to create and deliver a short formative assessment built on the third grade standards, but might have trouble adding it to your Tracker. That’s because your Tracker was built using only fourth grade standards.
  2. Another common example of when this might happen is when the wrong set of standards are chosen for either the assessment or the tracker. Let’s imagine you teach science in Utah. You choose the UT state standards for science to create your tracker, you find an assessment in the community covering Rocks and Minerals, but then discover it is aligned to the science standards in Tennessee. You will not be able to add the assessment to your tracker as it is.
  3. A third common occurrence is that you want to use an assessment you have used from the past, but your state adopted an updated set of standards for your course. If your tracker is created with the newly updated standards, your previously used assessment will not add to your tracker because of the standard mismatch.

If you find yourself in one of the situations described above, there are two easy ways to resolve the issue. (Click on the links below for Help Center articles that will walk you through each process.)

Note: If your standards DO match, another common reason is that your assessment and trackers were creating with differing mastery scales. Read more here.

How can I prevent this in the future?

The best way to prevent this issue is to carefully check which standards you are using for an assessment and preemptively change them to the ones that match your tracker. Another good tip is to set your default core when creating an assessment. Visit the link below for step-by-step instructions on how to do this.

We hope this tip will help you avoid any headaches in the future. Check our blog regularly for more tech tips, and be sure to visit the MasteryConnect Help Center and Online PD video library or support anytime.


 

As Anthony Rivera approached the building of his new school, students were chucking textbooks from the second story to the sidewalk of Wallace Avenue below. As founding principal of Pelham Academy in the Bronx, he had no doubt that he was walking into a daunting challenge. But Rivera had a special connection to the community; he grew up in the neighborhood, and he was committed to providing the students there with the best education possible.

Teachers and administrators at Pelham agreed that they wanted to collect as much data as possible in order to identify student mastery levels, but they were initially overwhelmed with the process. In order to get on the fast track to data-driven instruction, Pelham Academy partnered with Teaching Matters, a NYC-based organization dedicated to developing and retaining great teachers, and measurably increasing their ability to give students in urban public schools an excellent education.

Through their work with Teaching Matters, the Pelham team began using MasteryConnect to efficiently collect and analyze student data in real time, using iPads to view data in real time as they moved around the classroom. Then, meeting together as formal collaborative teams with Teaching Matters Consultant Jelbin DeLaCruz, they sat down regularly together to look at data in order to identify gaps and develop strategies to target deficiencies. Their hard work is already showing great results in moving Pelham students forward.

“Earlier this year we began looking at and tracking cohort data,” explains Principal Rivera. “We compared how they performed three years ago to how they performed just this past spring, and what we saw was a 159% increase in student proficiency over that time.”

This impressive growth keeps the educators there inspired to continue the work, and Principal Rivera believes that Teaching Matters and MasteryConnect are making a difference for both students and teachers.

“It was humbling and it was also validating because it provided us with the evidence that we needed to help us see that the decisions that we were making, and the tools that we were using, and the structures that we had in place were all impactful,” he says. “We saw that in the student results.”

Although Pelham Academy is a great success story on its own, it serves as an example of the positive gains made when educators work together to share best practices and instructional strategies with peers in their school and beyond.

“The expertise to solve some of the most vexing problems in schools lies in the schools, and it’s obviously in that school’s interest to share that across the school,” says Teaching Matters Lead Consultant Nick Siewert. “We feel that it is also essential to share with other schools.”

Watch the profile below to see how the educators at Pelham Academy are using real-time data to improve learning for every student in their building and, by doing so, how they are investing in their city.


 

As another school year is coming to a close, I hope that you and your staff are planning for some fun and relaxation over the summer break among all the planning, inservice, and curriculum development that I know you’ll be engaged in!

You likely have a list a mile long of things to do to close out the school year. When it comes to MasteryConnect, there are a few things you’ll want to do, too. You may have many questions, such as:

  • What happens to our data at the end of the school year?
  • Can we use our same materials for next year?
  • How do administrators add or delete teachers?
  • And many more…

Soon you will be receiving additional details from us regarding school year rollover, but in the meantime you can get ready for the transition by reviewing our End of Year Best Practices article:

help.masteryconnect.com/hc/en-us/articles/219191007-End-of-School-Year-Best-Practices

This article will give you some tips as well as important dates to consider when planning your rollover with regards to MasteryConnect. We look forward to helping you smoothly transition to another school year with MasteryConnect!


 

We’re always looking for ways to improve your MC experience. To celebrate the spring season, we’ve launched four new product features.

Our product manager Kyle will show you what’s new in the video below.

 

And for you readers out there, we’ll breakdown the updates below.

 

Android Users, the Wait is Over!

MC Teacher App is now available on Android devices. For those of you who have an Android device, you can now instantly score your assessment by entering your test ID and holding your phone over the bubble sheet. Additionally, you can quickly access student responses and make changes in the moment by utilizing the “edit answers” button in the application. Ready to join Apple users in some serious mastery tracking? Download the MC Teacher app in the Google Play store now.

Get the App

 

Better Accessibility with Text-to-Speech Beta

The Text-to-Speech feature in MC allows students who need accommodations to have assessments read aloud. This is also an effective option for young learners and second language learners who could benefit from hearing a question as they read along.

Text-to-Speech is now available in beta, and it can be enabled at the district level with approval from your district or school’s MasteryConnect administrator. If interested, please contact your Regional Education Consultant for more information or talk to your MC admin.

 

Say More on Progress Reports

We heard you! Now you can say more on your progress reports with two lines of customizable text at the bottom of each report. This is a great place to put a description of mastery levels or even your school motto—you decide! Once the report is generated, your custom text will appear at the footer of each page.

 

Clearer Overview Reports

Gain more clarity about your data on a larger scale with this update to Overview Reports. Because we know how important reporting is for district admins and principals, we’ve improved the look of these charts and graphs. You can now better visualize data between district, class, and tracker charts—ensuring your data is as clear and actionable as possible.

 


Let Us Know What You Think!

As always, we love hearing your feedback! If you have any questions about these new features, please reach out to your Regional Education Consultant or the MasteryConnect Support team.


Not a MasteryConnect user? Learn more at masteryconnect.com/demo.

 

 

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.