Tech Notes

Release Date: 10.17.2018

Tech Notes: 10.17.2018

New Dashboard Updates on Classroom and Student Levels

Waterford will release an automatic software update on October 17, 2018. See the list below for update details. If you have any questions or feedback, our Support Team is always happy to help

Product Updates

Classroom Level Dashboard Updates

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

New Dashboard Buttons

We have added two new buttons to the classroom dashboard: Level Key and Open All Student Dashboards. The Level Key lists in order student learning levels by course. Open All Student Dashboards is for viewing, printing, and exporting a classroom’s individual dashboards with visual data.

Level Key

To better clarify students’ learning levels on the dashboard, we added the Level Key. Clicking on Level Key in the upper right-hand corner displays the order of levels for the Reading, Math & Science, and SmartStart courses.

Open All Student Dashboards

The Open All Student Dashboards button allows you to access your entire classroom’s individual dashboards for viewing, printing, or exporting purposes.

On the dashboard, select the desired Course and Student Grade, then click Open All Student Dashboards. Your report could take between 1-10 minutes to load based on classroom size. If you have a larger class, you can let the report generate in the background while viewing other pages, but do not close the report window.

Once the report loads, you can view each student’s expanded dashboard in a single view. Each dashlet’s timeframe generates to the default settings but can be adjusted on the classroom level before loading the report. If you would like to print or export your report to a PDF, you can do so in the print dialogue box. You can print your entire classroom’s dashboards, select specific pages to print, or click the Export button to save as a PDF.

Additional Level Columns

Along with the new buttons, we added three level columns in the classroom dashboard: Start Level, Current Level, and Goal Level:

  • Start Level: the student’s learning level at the beginning of the school year or their last placement test
  • Current Level: the student’s current learning level
  • Goal Level: the level a student should reach by the end of the school year

The Start and Current Level columns will also display the percentage a student has completed within their level. If, for example, a student has completed half of the Pre-Reading 2 level, their percentage will be 50%.

Depending on classroom needs, Goal Levels can be manually set for each student or preset for entire classes or grades. If a student reaches their Goal Level before the end of the school year, teachers should consider increasing the goal.

New Progress and Objectives Remaining Categories

We have also added two new categories, Progress Completed and Objectives Remaining, onto the classroom dashboard.

  • Progress Completed: the percentage of objectives a student has completed towards their Goal Level
  • Objectives Remaining: the number of objectives a student has left to reach their Goal Level

Student Level Dashboard Updates

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

Additional Completion & Score Categories

To provide learning objective scores, we added two new categories to the Completion & Scores dashlet. The additional categories are Objectives Encountered and Objectives Mastered:

  • Objectives Encountered: objectives the student has completed within the specific time frame, regardless of score
  • Objectives Mastered: objectives the student has completed with a passing score

In some cases, the Objectives Encountered and Objectives Mastered categories will display different numbers. This may mean that a student has encountered an objective without mastering it, or they encountered an objective that is not scored.

We also added more options to the Selected Time Frame dropdown in the top right-hand corner:

  • Current Week
  • Last Week
  • Current Calendar Month
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