Beginning next week, you will have a new option for organizing and printing progress reports. You will  be able to print alphabetically by grade, making it easier to create, print, and distribute reports.

To organize and print alphabetically by grade within a school, simply select the checkbox on the Create Progress Report page as shown below.

For more information on creating Progress Reports, visit our Help Center article.


 

Teachers will soon have yet another great tool to build better assessments faster with Teacher Item Authoring in MasteryConnect. Learn more about this exciting new functionality and how you can be one of the first to get it!

 

 

Why You’ll Love Teacher Item Authoring

With the MasteryConnect Teacher Item Authoring tool, teachers will soon be able to author their own items to meet specific standards, DOK, and skills. Quickly create formative assessments using published items by accessing your own item bank.

The ability to share these items with colleagues makes the process of collaborating around and building common formative assessments (CFAs) using MasteryConnect even easier. District administrators can also choose to publish a District Teacher Bank, so teachers can quickly search and add standards-aligned items built by others.

When building TEIs with the Teacher Item Authoring tool, authors can choose from over 50 item types that best fit grade-level and subject. Item types include drag and drop, math formula, image highlight, graph plotting, ordering, and more—all representative of the TEIs students may see on district benchmark or end-of-level assessments.

The perfect complement to integrated third-party and district-created item banks, Teacher Item Authoring helps save both time and energy when building high-quality formative assessments.

 

 

Get Teacher Item Authoring Now

Are you interested in getting Teacher Item Authoring now for your teachers? We are releasing it to select MasteryConnect partners who want to be early adopters of the technology.

School and district MasteryConnect administrators may contact their Regional Education Consultant to learn more about how they can have this functionality activated for educators in their school or district.

Teachers, if you are interested in authoring your own items, contact your school or district’s in-house MasteryConnect administrator and let them know!

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 


 

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.