Last Call: Register for 2017 ProgressBook Suite Retreat 

There is still time to register for the 2017 ProgressBook Suite Retreat, March 13-14, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. This year’s conference features more than 40 sessions, ranging from keynote presentations, ProgressBook training, district best practices to ODE and state legislative updates, JVC-led professional development sessions, and panel discussions.

Don’t miss out! This is your once-a-year opportunity to learn and network with ProgressBook team members, technology support providers, fellow district leaders, and Ohio education industry experts. Register before Friday, March 3, and save!  


ProgressBook Blog: 3 Essential Components of Educational Data Tools 

Educators today are continuously bombarded with data about their schools, classrooms, and individual students. State assessment data is reported for up to 32 tests. Vendor assessments such as M.A.P., DIBELS, TerraNova, AIMSWEB and the suite of tests from ACT are just a few of the examples of data that educators must wade through to make informed decisions about their instruction with the ultimate goal of improving academic achievement. Add in classroom and district created common assessments and it is no wonder that teachers, principals, and administrators are searching for data tools with three essential components: 1) can provide quick and easy access to the data, 2) is simple to use, and 3) can be employed as a point of collaborative work. Read more…
 


Fees, Transportation, and Locker Info Added to ParentAccess

With the 16.3 ProgressBook Suite release, notifying students and parents about unpaid fees just got easier. Now when students have outstanding fees, a message displays at the top of the student’s Schedule screen. This message links to a new Fees screen that shows detailed information about unpaid fees—such as amount owed, fee type, description, and associated course. 
 

The Schedule screen has also been enhanced to include student transportation and locker information. Not only is this helpful for districts looking to reduce paperwork and calls to the office, it offers a convenience to families. Districts can choose to display the student’s bus number, pick-up and drop-off times, and locker number. And for added security, the locker combination is only viewable after the account holder’s password has been verified.
 


Phase Two Enhancements to StudentInformation Grad Points

In December, we introduced Grad Points–a StudentInformation enhancement designed to help districts verify students’ progress toward Ohio’s new graduation requirements.  We are now pleased to announce Phase Two updates, which include the opening of the Industrial Credentials and Workforce Readiness Pathway, the addition of SAT scores prior to 3/1/2016, and a new Grad Points Search screen.

The Industrial Credentials and Workforce Readiness screen is broken into two halves. The top half shows a student’s progress towards the 12 points required in at least one Industry Credential area. The second half shows a student’s progress toward the 13 points required in three areas of Workforce Readiness based on their WorkKeys assessment scores.
 

As with ACT scores, the College Admission Test screen now pulls in the student’s previous SAT scores (before March 1, 2016) to show the highest scores in each subject area.

And finally, a new Grad Points Search screen has been added, allowing users to filter for students by grade or counselor as well as district-defined ad hoc groups and memberships. For detailed information about this or other components of Grad Points, check out the ProgressBook StudentInformation Graduation Points and Eligibility Guide (v16.3.0 or later)
 


New: View Grad Points Details in DataMap

There’s a new Grad Points screen in DataMap! With information pulling directly from StudentInformation, this feature gives teachers and other high school staffers access to data regarding students’ progress toward ODE graduation requirements. 

DataMap users can view this data in three modes: 1) a Details overview of all student graduation data, 2) a Credit Requirement view showing status/progress for each course requirement, and 3) a Graduation Pathways view showing the status of the students’ state assessment scores as well as their college admission test scores.
 


DataMap Update Helps Identify K-3 Students Behind in Reading 

The 3rd Grade English Language Arts assessment for OCBA has added a new Reading Promotion Score to help identify students from grades K-3 who are behind in reading. DataMap has been updated to include this new criterion, enabling teachers to view which students—by pass/fail ranking—will be eligible for promotion at the end of the year.
 


VirtualClassroom Continues to Improve User Experience & Content

To help VirtualClassroom users organize and manage all of their digital content in one place, a Personal screen has been added to the ProgressBook Library. Here, teachers can see all of their courses, both visible and hidden. In addition, VirtualClassroom’s import capability for 3rd party LMS content has been expanded to include all Moodle backup files as well as common cartridge version 1.1 and earlier.
 


Join Us at a ProgressBook User Group Meeting

ProgressBook users, you are invited to come learn about product updates and share your experiences with ProgressBook team members, technology providers, and peers. All user group meetings will be held at the Columbus, OH, offices of META Solutions. Lunch will be provided at a nominal charge (approximately $8/person). Register to save your seat!


Sign Up for a Free 60-Day Kickstart of DataMap or VirtualClassroom

Not sure if DataMap is the right assessment data warehouse and analytics tool for your district? Looking for a district-wide LMS solution that you can “try before you buy”? ProgressBook is offering free 60-Day Kickstart for our instructional technology add-on solutions. We’ve designed step-by-step implementation plans that include complete training and support—from loading district assessment data and adding digital content to providing bite-size learning sessions broken down by user roles. In just two months, your staff will be fully trained and ready to hit the ground running.  Contact us today to get started!

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