Register for the Spring 2017 ProgressBook Suite Retreat 

Please mark your calendar for our 5th annual ProgressBook Suite Retreat on March 13-14, 2017, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

We are excited to announce three featured speakers: Thomas Tucker, Princeton City Schools Superintendent and the 2016 Superintendent of the Year; Dustin Weaver, Chillicothe High School Teacher and Ohio’s 2017 Teacher of the Year; and Adam C. Miller, Partner at Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP and newly-elected State Representative for House District 17.  Miller is a former public school teacher, superintendent, and school board member. 

You won’t want to miss this year’s event, which also includes a full schedule of sessions ranging from ProgressBook training to best-practice district sessions and other key topics related to K-12 education. And just like last year, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for networking with your peers and ProgressBook product team members.

Click here for more details and to register! 


ParentAccess as a Mobile App?

Did you know that ParentAccess, because of its "mobile-first" design, can be accessed on any mobile device much like an app? Check out this video or download a pdf for step-by-step Android and iOS instructions.

We are often asked, “Do you have plans to develop a ParentAccess mobile app?” The short answer is yes, we are planning to develop a mobile app for iOS and Android. Development will center around the implementation of a new, next-generation technology for internet communications. In the meantime, parents can follow the steps to get one-touch mobile access to their student’s grades. It’s as easy as downloading an app. 


ProgressBook Blog: The Moving Target May be Moving Again!

The Ohio State Board of Education has been discussing changing new state graduation requirements…that have not gone into effect yet! After a 30 plus year career in education as a teacher, principal and superintendent it seems the educational targets from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) are constantly moving. While it must be said that I respect policy makers for potentially correcting a wrong rather than stubbornly sticking to a mistake, it is not a good look. Protests from superintendents and local school boards from around the state signal a potential “dropout crisis” for the Class of 2018 unless the issue is addressed.  Read more


Quality Course Content Now Available Through VirtualClassroom

VirtualClassroom districts are able to purchase high-quality, standards-based content for up to 150 K-12 courses. This enhancement, made possible through a partnership with Jefferson County ESC’s Virtual Learning Academy, gives schools the flexibility to expand course offerings or supplement class content to support blended learning initiatives. For more information and pricing, please contact Teresa Silvestri, tsilvestri@jcesc.org.


Import Content from a 3rd party LMS

We are pleased to announce that VirtualClassroom now offers the ability to import content from other Learning Management Systems that use the Common Cartridge format (v1.1). This enhancement enables teachers to import previously-authored content into an existing or new course in VirtualClassroom. At this time, there are some limitations to what can be imported, but note that VirtualClassroom’s import capabilities will continue to expand. Watch an overview video to learn more about VirtualClassroom.
 


Discipline is Latest Feature of StudentInformation Mobile App

With the ProgressBook SIS Admin app, staff now have the ability to access and enter discipline data away from their desks or classrooms. Depending on assigned permission levels, users can search by student offender, view a student’s discipline history, and add a discipline incident on the fly. When adding an incident, the user is prompted to add all pertinent details, including names of the offender, victim, violation, where and when it occurred, and comments. You can install the app from Google Play Store or iTunes.
 


Introducing a Simpler Way to Track Student Graduation Progress

In response to ODE’s new high school graduation requirements, and to help districts keep tabs on each student’s progress toward graduation, ProgressBook StudentInformation now features a ‘Graduation Points’ page. The Grad Points Summary screen gives users an overview of the progress the student in context is making on state minimum credit requirements and graduation pathways. The Industry Credential and Workforce pathway will be updated in our next release (due in January 2017).

From the summary screen, users can drill down to each subject area to see completed courses earned or courses currently in progress, or scheduled courses.
 

On the State Assessment Pathway screen, for each subject assessment, you can see if the student took a course requiring an End of Course exam and if so, the number of points earned. This page also indicates if the student did not take an EOC exam, or if a transfer student has been prorated in an assessment. Grad Points also provides a way to override course requirements for students who are exempt for a subject area requirement, and it handles exemptions for SpecialServices students.

Learn more about Graduation Points
 


New GradeBook Feature Saves Teachers Time When Setting Up Assignments

A new page in GradeBook is designed to eliminate redundant steps for teachers when setting up assignment preferences for multiple classes. Instead of checking assignment options for each class, teachers can now copy and save those preferences to other classes.

Teachers, we welcome your feedback. Tell us how we can help you handle admin and instruction tasks faster and more efficiently.
 


New 3rd Party Assessment Added to DataMap

DataMap has added iReady, a 3rd party adaptive assessment, to its growing list of assessments that can be easily imported for data management and analysis. Once iReady and other assessments have been imported, users can view individual student scores per subject and test part (shown here); they can compare these scores to average scores at the building and district; and they can analyze student scores spanning multiple years, if available.  To learn more about DataMap, check out this overview video
 


VirtualClassroom Adds Standards Report, Resource Streaming & More!

In addition to the Results by Question report, teachers can now access Results by Standards. This report shows individual student and class scores by specific standards/performance indicators, giving teachers valuable assessment feedback for improving student outcomes.
 

Teachers and students can now embed streaming audio and video content. These files play directly through an internet browser; No need for downloads or media player software!

And finally, we’ve added a Multiple Answers question type to VirtualClassroom so that teachers can create questions that may require more than one correct answer.
 


SpS Improves View of District to District Transfers

One of the features that districts love most about SpecialServices is that it handles District-to-District transfers so effectively. And now, we’ve made it even better. A revised Import Forms page allows users to view at a glance which IEP transfers have already been imported and those forms waiting to be imported from a sending district, making it easier to manage student forms and provide continuity of service.

Also new in SpS is the ability to set default EMIS start and end dates and default years for your IEPs to report under. So, if you create IEPs in the Spring, you no longer have to wait until the new school year to start a new task.

 


Hey ProgressBook fans: We're holding a contest just for you!

Tell us what you like most about our solutions...and enter for a chance to win an Echo Dot, Amazon's new voice-activated smart assistant! We would love to hear specifics on how ProgressBook helps you save time, improve efficiency, enhance student learning and more. Enter now!
 


Spring User Group Meeting Dates