Ahrash Bissell

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  • #22350

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Thanks Randi and Ryan for the feedback. We are going to proceed with the planned name-change. We should have that in place by November.

  • #10877

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Hi April,

    To our knowledge, no one has tried to create a shareable assessment that is correlated to the NCRC Applied Math assessment. My expectation is that an NCRC-aligned assessment would reference mostly the basic arithmetic units in EdReady, but precisely which topics within those units, I’m not sure. The related WIOA standards encompass a number of skills beyond the academic, so any alignment in EdReady would necessarily only address a subset of those expectations. Then again, it is possible to host any set of expectations in EdReady as a core suite of targeted learning objectives, so if someone is really interested in a project like that, please let me know!

    If you have any insight into the specific expectation of the Applied Math component of the NCRC, would you be willing to analyse a possible alignment within EdReady? We could include that aligned assessment in the public list so everyone would benefit…

    -Ahrash

  • #8752

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Hi Randi (and everyone),

    It would be great to perform an analysis of the new SAT expectations and update the current EdReady alignments accordingly. The biggest barrier for such exercises is access to the details of what the SAT covers. The best information I can uncover is in the attached document, as well as what is written here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/inside-the-test/math

    I’d be happy to coordinate with any members who want to use this or any other information to produce an updated alignment. We would post the resulting SAT-aligned assessment into our public assessment pool so everyone can benefit.

    -Ahrash

  • #6753

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Thanks for sharing this feedback, Sam. Every student already has an option to download a complete copy of their progress data from their “My Account” page. If people felt it would be useful, we could plan to add some functionality to that existing feature whereby students could designate specific email addresses where the report would sent. What do people think?

    Also, on the study path itself, all students have the option to email and/or print out a copy of the study path for sharing. The icons are in the upper right-hand side of the unit section of the study path. Students can email the entire study path or just a single unit. The emailed report includes the current and target scores and all remaining units and topics to be mastered. We could potentially add more information to these reports if useful. Thoughts?

  • #2975

    Ahrash Bissell
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    I am not aware that anyone has aligned an EdReady assessment for these more advanced benchmarks. Are you thinking about the quantitative reasoning section of the general GRE exam? Or are there specific GRE subject exams that you are thinking of?

    A cursory review of the general GRE exam suggests that the current topical coverage in EdReady should do a decent job of covering the expectations for the quantitative reasoning portion. We would be delighted if you (and other interested members) wanted to take a stab at the alignment, based on whatever information about the exam coverage you can obtain. We can incorporate that aligned assessment into the pre-aligned EdReady assessment pool so that others can clone and customize with that as a starting point.

  • #1336

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Hi again,

    I responded to these comments on another thread:

    http://nrocnetwork.org/groups/edready/forum/topic/tracking-communication-with-students/

    -Ahrash

  • #1335

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Hi Sam,

    Thanks for your comments. I think we’re all in agreement that email is becoming less and less reliable as a communications modality for students, which then raises concerns for its usage as our default authentication method for EdReady. Unfortunately, every possible option has its pluses and minuses, and each additional option we support dramatically increases the maintenance burden.

    Nonetheless, there are a few developments either in progress or in planning that might help on this front…

    First, the best way to avoid the email issue altogether is to utilize an external student-information system (SIS) or directory system, and then link to EdReady via single-sign-on (SSO). This approach takes advantage of whatever authentication methods are supported by the SIS, and students can easily hop into EdReady from that system with no further barriers. Some of our NROC members have also tapped into some of our available APIs to pull data out of EdReady so that students, instructors, and parents can view the EdReady data in their external SISs.

    Second, we are close to releasing a new feature whereby institutional admins can include one or more additional fields for students to fill out as part of the sign-up process. These fields can be labeled however you want, and can contain nearly any form of information, including phone numbers and such. The information can be used to manually communicate with students, but we do not (yet) have the capability for students to authenticate via text instead of email (for example). Nor are the automated communications in EdReady capable of using one or more of those fields rather than the registered email address. These additional capabilities add considerable complexity to the system, but we are working through how we might be able to support these other authentication/communication modalities, and we are definitely looking for additional feedback from our members to help us understand what priority these enhancements might have and how they would be deployed.

    Third, we are looking to enhance the existing suite of account-management tools so that it is easier to reset passwords and deal with other similar tasks. There are some security risks that we have to deal with here, but I am optimistic that we’ll be able to provide more options to version admins so that you can spend less time dealing with lost accounts, forgotten passwords, and the like.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

    -Ahrash

  • #1317

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Congrats to dad and to everyone for making that gathering happen!

  • #1220

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Wow! Craziness. Congrats to all and good luck!

  • #1199

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Thanks Ned for providing some detailed feedback to the questions.

    On a more generic level, we are gearing up to build in the capacity for EdReady to handle additional descriptive fields for just about everything on the platform: goals, assessments, admin users, etc. These fields will make it possible to label and sort these items in a manner that makes sense to you, and you will be able to much more quickly segregate and manage different aspects of EdReady according to these groups.

    Another aspect of this work will be the addition of a suite of archiving tools. Once live, you will be able to more easily identify and then hide goals and assessments that are no longer being used.

    Finally, we are continuing to explore ways to enable more on-the-fly custom reporting, such as reports delimited between two specific date ranges. In that manner, you would be able to obtain a report that reflects the data only for a specific period of time, even if the students were active in the system at other times (e.g., previously).

    These are requests we have heard from our membership, and the need has become clearer as the extent of EdReady usage has grown, especially within individual EdReady sites. We are prioritizing this work and hope we will be able to make these enhancements available before the end of the summer.

  • #1141

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Hi Randi, Gordon, and everyone,

    Thanks for these continued reflections on how we can improve the ability for admins and teachers to manage information within the EdReady platform. As I wrote earlier on this thread, it is clear that we need to provide more options to describe elements in EdReady, such as goals, assessments, teacher accounts, etc. We have a model for how to enable these options across the board, but we do not currently have the capacity to do the work involved. We are actively seeking funding for these and other enhancements in EdReady, and these improvements will be a priority.

    In the meantime, as always, please continue to share suggestions and insights so that we can work with you to try to make it happen!

  • #1092

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Looks great! Amazing how much more interesting it is than a bit of grass.

  • #1051

    Ahrash Bissell
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    What a transformation… from a bear to a bunny to a duck!

  • #1032

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Good idea Gordon. As we’ve seen the growth in the numbers of assessments, goals, and users in some EdReady sites, it’s helped us to see what additional information we might be able to capture and display so that managing the information and the structure of EdReady is easier. We will try to add these capabilities in the next few months.

    Are there other informational fields that you (or anyone else) would like to see?

  • #1030

    Ahrash Bissell
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    Hi Karina.

    You can sign up for and use our public version of EdReady as much as you like. EdReady can help you to identify any gaps in your math knowledge so you don’t get held back when you try to start college. EdReady is being used in many classrooms around the country, but you can’t actually sign up for a specific class within EdReady. If you’re in school now, you could talk to your teacher about using EdReady. Otherwise feel free to use EdReady on your own. Similarly, we don’t offer tutors or additional help from within EdReady (although we’re looking into that), but you can certainly alert tutors or counselors to EdReady and they can use it with you.

    Good luck!

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