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States are seeking new innovative assessment models to replace the outdated No Child Left Behind Era, high-stakes assessments based on Classical Test Theory (CTT) and Item Response Theory (IRT).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.

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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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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.

 

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!