Tech Notes

Release Date: 10.24.2017

Tech Notes: 10.24.2017

Dashboard Updates

Waterford will release an automatic software update on October 25, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Product Updates

Dashboard Updates

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart
We made technical changes to improve the speed with which dashboards load. We also made updates to the design of the dashboards to better help you identify how you’re progressing toward your usage goals.

Now, on the main dashboard, the horizontal graphs show fidelity performance for all goal days:

  • The green segment represents the number of days where usage was 100% of goal
  • The yellow segment represents the number of days where usage was between 50–99.9% of goal
  • The red segment reprsents the number of days where usage was at less than 50% of goal

All results are based on the usage goals set by the district. You can find step-by-step instructions for setting your custom usage goals here.

Other changes include:

  • When there is less than 5% of average usage on a day at the district level, it is assumed this was not an instructional day. It does not count against you and the total goal days for the reporting period is reduced by one.
  • On all levels of the dashboards, fidelity and usage percentages are based on the number of goal days in the report period.
  • The “Engagement by Grade” circles at the bottom of the main dashboard also now show all three color segments, following the same rules as the horizontal graphs above.

Updated SmartStart Strands

Affects: SmartStart

We updated some of the strand names in the SmartStart sequence to better align students’ computer work with the offline materials. The activities are the same; only the strand names have changed. You can now search by these new strand names in Classroom Advantage.

In an upcoming release, SmartStart dashboards and reports will be updated to reflect these new strands. The strands listed below with an astersisk will be assessed offline by the teacher and will not be in the reports or dashboards update.

The new or updated strand names are:

  • Science and Engineering
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Learning Mindset
  • Language
  • Creative Expression*
  • Health and Physical Development*

New Demographic Categories

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

We renamed some of the demographic categories in the student profile to better match the schools’ various student information systems.

This information is not required in Waterford; it is up to your district if you want to use it. If this is something your district uses, we will automatically map the current setting to its corresponding new name. Please review the settings for each student to ensure that the correct ethnicity is set.

Resolved & Known Issues

Curriculum Search Tab—After the last release some teachers were unable to search for specific activities in the “Curriculum” tab. This is now fixed, and all teachers should be able to search for content in the tab.

SmartStart Reporting—The SmartStart reports and dashboards show the previous strand names. They will be updated to reflect the new strand names—which were included in this release—as soon as possible.

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