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Summer Is Coming: Exact Path Enhancements Are on Their Way

Summer Is Coming: Exact Path Enhancements Are on Their Way

Months before the final school bell rings to start summer vacation, the Edmentum team gets to work planning updates, collecting and reflecting on feedback, and building program enhancements that will be the most impactful for the next school year. This summer is no different.

I’m pleased to share all of the exciting enhancements designed to support personalized instruction and targeted intervention for K–12 students that are going to be available for the 2019–20 school year. This year, we’re focusing our work in three primary areas: reimagining diagnostic assessment reporting, adding teacher customization and flexibility, and improving the learning experience for our students. So, let’s dig in.

Adaptive Diagnostic Reporting Revamp

This summer, we've been unpacking the details of our reports, meticulously reviewing every data visualization, and making tough decisions. We know that you're using your Exact Path data to guide high-stakes instructional decisions, and we take that work seriously. Our updates are not only guided by the latest standards in educational assessment research but also, most importantly, guided by your honest feedback leveraging them in real classrooms. 

Revamp of Student Summary Report Diagnostic Details

Introduction of Student Categorization by National Percentile Rank: These new categorizations of assessment scores offer four categories representing where a student’s score falls relative to Exact Path national norms. Percentile rank information will be available for K–8 students using Exact Path, as we have both updated and expanded our normative data to support this enhancement.

Assessment Summary View: We're introducing a new layer of student data that combines all diagnostics for all subjects tested into a single view. Find all assessment scale scores, growth measures, and national percentile ranks plotted along an easy-to-read graph for a clean picture of student performance. This level of diagnostic detail for all three subjects will also be available to educators in an aggregated view.

New Diagnostic Test Administration View: So, you want to know more about the actual adaptive testing experience? The student summary report will soon include a visual representation of the diagnostic test administration where you'll gain visibility into whether items were answered correctly or incorrectly, view exactly how many questions students were asked to complete, and determine the amount of time spent.

Revised Domain Details: For each subject domain, the skills assessed and the number of questions answered right and wrong for each skill are listed. While the goal of an adaptive test is for students to answer approximately 50% questions correctly, this level of visibility will provide a quick glance at individual student strengths and weaknesses by skill and grade level.

Class Results Reporting Improvements

Visibility into Where Students Start Learning: Sometimes you just want to know—approximately at what grade level are my students ready to start learning? We're answering that question with a new metric we're calling the Learning Path Entry Grade (LPEG). You will now find the grade-level designation aligned to the lowest level skill your students will start working on when they enter their learning path in an aggregated view for the educator.

New Domain Level Details: Performance within the domains that students are assessed in often provides the first indication of student strengths and weaknesses. Not only is this information available at the individual student level, but within the Class Results report you can see each student's learning path entry grade by domain.

Aggregated Results Updates

This summer, the changes we’re making across student- and class-level reports will also roll up into the aggregated views available for administrators. We know you have questions about comparability—so this updated report will allow you to easily determine how students in your school or district are performing against students across the nation.

Refresh of Exportable Diagnostic Reports

When it comes to exportable reports, sometimes having too many choices isn’t a good thing. Therefore, we're cleaning house so that the reports you run can help you take stock of your students' performance in real and meaningful ways. The Performance Growth Trends (which will be renamed National Percentile Rank Distribution) and Diagnostic Results Export reports will evolve to reflect our latest approach to assessment data, while Domain Score Trends, School Comparison by Domain, and Assessment Skills reports will all be retired.

Updated Student Settings Page

Your ability to customize student settings to accommodate learning needs has increased a LOT! As a result, we're redesigning this page and adding more flexibility into the mix.

  • A new diagnostic setting now included on this page is the ability for educators to turn on or off text-to-speech functionality (also adjustable where diagnostics are scheduled).
  • Educators will be able to override the assessment starting grade for a more efficient testing experience. If you know your 9th grader is on a 4th grade reading level, there's no need for the assessment to ask him or her a string of higher-level questions. Start that student on 4th grade reading questions, and let the adaptive assessment go to work from there.
  • A series of learning path settings offers educators the ability to adjust the content style your students see for a more nuanced approach to serving up age-appropriate content. Additionally, there are two new options here! Educators can choose to include all skills for 7–12 grade remediation, or by default, the program will deliver key skills. Educators also have the ability to hide the new Desmos calculators (released this April) from student view.

Create Assignments from Groups Page

One of our favorite features (and yours too) is the ability to create custom assignments for your students. This summer, we’re adding this option to the Groups page as well, ensuring that you can build assignments from wherever you are in the program, exactly when it's top of mind.

One-Click Archive Assignments Option

This April, we made it easier for you to keep track of past and present assignments with a new category called “Past Assignments” for any assignment with a lapsed due date. Now, we're making it easier to archive, or deactivate, assignments when you no longer want them to appear for students with a one-click archive option. Not to worry, though, as we'll still preserve the data from your students' past work for you to review, and you can just as easily restore any archived assignment as well.

Auto-Save Added to ALL Student Activities

Did a student accidentally log out too soon? Did the bell ring while your class was in the middle of working? This auto-save option, also known as a digital bookmark, ensures that students can easily return to what they were working on without fear of lost work. Just in time for the 2019–20 school year, the automatic digital bookmark feature will be available in EVERY activity in Exact Path.

More details on summer enhancements are on their way! Keep an eye on the Help Center inside your Exact Path account, and look out for an email from us later this summer when the big release happens. For more information on recent releases and upcoming enhancements, visit our What’s New page!

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