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.

 

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!

New Year, New Online PD

September 13th, 2017

Help Center

 

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.

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