Release Notes 01.30.2019

Waterford will release an automatic software update on January 30, 2019. See what’s new in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Products

Dashboard Completion Chart Now Shows On Track Zone
Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

We added a new feature to the Completion Chart in the student-level dashboard: On Track Zone. Because a student’s activity can vary from day to day, the On Track Zone displays the range where a student will still be considered On Track for their set goal. As with all features in the Completion Chart, the On Track Zone will be updated once every two weeks.

If a student falls behind the trajectory for their Level Goal, their Projected Completion line will turn red and appear below the On Track Zone. The Projection Line will turn yellow if the teacher adjusts the student’s goal, even if they are now within the On Track Zone, until the chart is next updated.

New Classroom Advantage Playlist Titles
Affects: Classroom Advantage

We updated the titles for all pre-built playlists available in Classroom Advantage. The new titles reflect their connection to the Objective Details report to help educators find the right playlists for their students’ needs.

Update: Waterford Early Learning Android App
Affects: Waterford Early Learning

We published an update to the Waterford Early Learning Android app. Its purpose is to make the app compatible with the latest release of Google’s latest operating system (Android 8.1.0). You can download the update through the Google Play Store to correct any potential compatibility issues.

New Level Goal Recommendations
Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

We revised our Level Goal recommendations for Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart, and Waterford UPSTART. Our new recommendations, which you can view in the chart below, reflect our mission to help students succeed from the start by learning essential academic concepts.

Waterford Reading

Waterford Math and Science

We will automatically update all Waterford software with these new level recommendations as the default during summer 2019. For now, you may update your school or district’s level goals as desired.

WACS Report Update
Affects: Waterford Assessment of Core Skills (WACS)
We revamped the classroom-level WACS Report to improve its readability. The new report will be color-coded based on whether a student is at, above, or below their expected grade score. Additionally, the Score Key will now list the associated grade level represented by the numerical score.

The new report will also list the District Average, School Average, and Class Average for comparison to your student’s individual scores, as well as the Expected Score for specific skills based on grade level.

Importing a Curriculet from Google Docs

If you want to use a Google Doc as a curriculet, you can import it through the Create New Curriculet form.

To import a curriculet from Google Docs:

  1. Visit the Create New Curriculet page.
  2. Select Import from GDocs.
  3. Click Browse to upload the desired Google Docs file or type in your document’s shared link.
    Note: If you type in a shared link, make sure the link is accessible to the public first. Only public links can be imported as a curriculet.
  4. Click Continue to create a new curriculet.

Note: The uploaded file needs to be a Google Docs file, not a Microsoft Word doc, PDF, or any other non-Google Docs file.

You can use this file as a template for your curriculet if you are uploading it through Google Docs.

 

Uploading ePubs from a URL

If you have a URL you want to import as an ePub, you can do so through the Create New Curriculet form.

To upload an ePub curriculet through a URL:

  1. Visit the Create New Curriculet page.
  2. Click Upload ePub from URL.
  3. Type the URL for the ePub you would like to upload.

Click Continue to create a new curriculet.

Uploading ePub Files

You can create a curriculet for a text file by uploading it as an ePub.

To create a curriculet via an ePub file:

  1. Visit the Create New Curriculet page.
  2. Click Upload ePub.
  3. Select Choose File and click on the file you would like to upload.
  4. Click Continue to create a new curriculet.

Your new curriculet will now appear under the My Assignments page.

Creating a Blank Curriculet

You can create a blank curriculet for any text that is not included in Curriculet’s library through the Create New Curriculet form.

To create your own blank curriculet:

  1. Visit the Create New Curriculet page.
  2. Fill in the following information about the new book: Title, Author, Description, Grade Levels, Chapters, Language, Word Count, Lexile Reading Level, and Categories.
  3. Add the following information about the curriculet for the new book: Curriculet Name, Curriculet Creator, and Description.
  4. Select Continue to create your blank curriculet.

Your new curriculet will now appear under the My Assignments page.

Adding Curriculets for Personal Texts

You can create your own curriculets for texts that are unavailable in our library. This feature is available through the My Assignments section or the dropdown menu on the homepage.

To create a curriculet through the My Assignments section:

  1. Log in to your Curriculet account and visit the homepage.
  2. Go to My Assignments.
  3. Click the Create New button.

To create a curriculet through the dropdown menu:

  1. Log in to your Curriculet account and visit the homepage.
  2. Hover over your name in the righthand corner to access the dropdown menu.
  3. Select Create New Curriculet.

You can now access the form to make a curriculet from scratch. Once you have created the new curriculet, you can add as many questions, pictures, and additional experiences as you want.

Note: If you have any questions while creating a blank curriculet, our Support Team is always happy to help!