12.17.2018 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on December 17, 2018. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Products

New Progress Reports
Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

We released two new reports in Waterford Manager: Class Progress Report and Student Weekly Progress Report.

Class Progress Report

This report displays the progress towards the end of-year goal for all students in your classroom. Teachers can filter this information by Current Week, Last Week, Last Two Weeks, Last Month, and Custom Dates by Week.

The Class Progress Report lists each student’s Start Level, Current Level, and Goal Level, as well as the percentage of their goal completed and how many objectives they have left. It also shows how many Days, School Minutes, and Home Minutes each student has spent on course activities.

Student Weekly Progress Report

This report displays the same information as Class Progress Report but allows teachers to select a single student or multiple students within a class at a time. Teachers can also sort this information by the same date ranges as Class Progress Report.

Both new reports are printable and can be exported as a PDF, Excel, CSV, or Word file.

New Completion Report Feature
Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

We added a new feature to Completion Reports in the Waterford Manager on the district, school, and classroom level.

Previously, users could only view the number of students in each Completion Level category. By clicking on a number, the Completion Report will now generate a list of student names in that category along with their individual IDs.

School districts who use a rostering system may see duplicate student names listed throughout the report. This is because students may be assigned to several different Waterford courses. The Completion Report will list the levels for each course the student is assigned to for rostered districts.

Placement Report Key Update

We updated the Placement Report scoring key in the Waterford Manager. The report previously displayed numerical score ranges that corresponded to a Difficulty Level for each child.

This has been replaced with an abbreviated version of the following Difficulty Levels:

  • Pre Reading 1-3 (PR 1-3)
  • Basic Reading 1-3 (BR 1-3)
  • Fluent Reading 1-3 (FR 1-3)

Resolved Issues

  • Usage Report now sorts students alphabetically
  • Projection Completion calculation updates automatically every two weeks instead of monthly
  • All report fonts have been changed from blue to grey for better readability
  • Dashboard no longer shows incorrect objectives completed each week
  • Progress Towards Goal is now calculated from the student’s starting placement instead of the beginning of the program
  • Completion Report now includes a page break at the end of every grade level

11.7.2018 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on November 7, 2018. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Products

Waterford Reading Playlists in Classroom Advantage

Affects: Classroom Advantage

We released 1,274 new playlists in Classroom Advantage that correspond to Waterford Reading goals. They can be used on an individual, small group, or classroom level as well as for academic instruction, remediation, or intervention.

Until this update, teachers could organize their own playlists but had no pre-built sets in Classroom Advantage. These playlists are pre-loaded in the system and organized by instructional strand, sub-strand, and objective in the Waterford Manager.

All Waterford Reading playlists are read-only and cannot be edited or deleted. Teachers do not need to download these new playlists, as they will be added automatically to their account. If you have a playlist with the same name as our pre-set playlists, it will be renamed with a suffix.

New Mobile App: Waterford Mentor

Affects: SmartStart, Waterford Early Learning

We released Waterford Mentor, a new companion app for Waterford Early Learning and SmartStart, in the Apple and Android stores. It allows parents or caregivers to sync with a student’s account and view their program usage, recent achievements, and progress towards their subject goals.

As of right now, Mentor is currently in the early access stage. If you are interested in using Mentor in your school or classroom, you can request early access here.

App features include:

  • Shows Waterford Early Learning or SmartStart weekly usage
  • Provides usage breakdown by subject area
  • Denotes whether student is on track for the week
  • Displays academic achievements earned by student

After downloading the app, caregivers will need a code from their student’s teacher to access the app to connect with their student’s account.

Additional Waterford Early Learning Teacher Materials

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

We added new downloadable materials to Waterford Early Learning and SmartStart. Teachers can now download the following materials for their students:

  • 20 Social and Emotional newsletters added to Smart Start > Teacher Materials tab
  • 39 books added to the Teacher Materials tab, which can be downloaded in pdf format

We also replaced three SmartStart Teacher Guides that had incorrect page numbers:

  • SmartStart Teacher Guide- Introduction
  • SmartStart Teacher Guide- Unit 3 Week 3
  • SmartStart Teacher Guide- Unit 3 Week 4

New Student Statuses

Affects: Dashboards

To help teachers keep track of their students’ academic goals, we activated theStudent Status column on the dashboard. Based on their progress towards said goals, students will be sorted into one of the following four categories:

  • On Track: student is projected to reach their goal by the goal period
  • Needs Teacher Action: student is not projected to meet their goal by the goal period
  • Catching Up: student was not projected to meet their goal but has taken an action to get back On Track
  • Surpassing Goal (coming soon): student is projected to exceed their goal by the goal period

On the school and district levels, you can also view the percentage of students in each of the four categories.

Projected Completion Line

Affects: Dashboards

We also added a new line to student report charts in the dashboard: Projected Completion.

At the beginning of the school year, each student is given a level goal based on their grade. If a student is on track to reach their goal, their projection line will be in green. If a student is not projected to reach their goal, the line will turn red.

The Projected Completion line will also affect the calculation of student statuses. If a student’s line falls below projection to reach their goal, their status will turn to Needs Teacher Action. Once the teacher makes an adjustment to the student’s goal level or the student’s usage goals, the status for the student will change to Catching Up.

12.16.17 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on December 16, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Product Updates

Admins Can Delete Schools

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

District administrators can now delete schools from the Waterford Manager. Note: To delete a school, all of the classes and students underneath it must first be moved to other schools or deleted. You can find instructions for managing classes and students here.

To delete a school, simply:

  • Login to your Waterford Manager administrator account.
  • Click on Students and select your district name from the list on the left.
  • Select the school from your school list that you would like to delete, and click Delete.

  • A popup box will ask you to confirm your action. Click OK to proceed.

 

Resolved & Known Issues

SmartStart Reports—When a student finishes the SmartStart sequence, they can begin the sequence again. Reports were inaccurately showing all students as being on their second time through the sequence. This bug has been fixed.

10.25.17 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on October 25, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Product Updates

Dashboard Updates

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart
We made technical changes to improve the speed with which dashboards load. We also made updates to the design of the dashboards to better help you identify how you’re progressing toward your usage goals.

Now, on the main dashboard, the horizontal graphs show fidelity performance for all goal days:

  • The green segment represents the number of days where usage was 100% of goal
  • The yellow segment represents the number of days where usage was between 50–99.9% of goal
  • The red segment reprsents the number of days where usage was at less than 50% of goal

All results are based on the usage goals set by the district. You can find step-by-step instructions for setting your custom usage goals here.

Other changes include:

  • When there is less than 5% of average usage on a day at the district level, it is assumed this was not an instructional day. It does not count against you and the total goal days for the reporting period is reduced by one.
  • On all levels of the dashboards, fidelity and usage percentages are based on the number of goal days in the report period.
  • The “Engagement by Grade” circles at the bottom of the main dashboard also now show all three color segments, following the same rules as the horizontal graphs above.

Updated SmartStart Strands

Affects: SmartStart

We updated some of the strand names in the SmartStart sequence to better align students’ computer work with the offline materials. The activities are the same; only the strand names have changed. You can now search by these new strand names in Classroom Advantage.

In an upcoming release, SmartStart dashboards and reports will be updated to reflect these new strands. The strands listed below with an astersisk will be assessed offline by the teacher and will not be in the reports or dashboards update.

The new or updated strand names are:

  • Science and Engineering
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Learning Mindset
  • Language
  • Creative Expression*
  • Health and Physical Development*

New Demographic Categories

Affects: Waterford Early Learning, SmartStart

We renamed some of the demographic categories in the student profile to better match the schools’ various student information systems.

This information is not required in Waterford; it is up to your district if you want to use it. If this is something your district uses, we will automatically map the current setting to its corresponding new name. Please review the settings for each student to ensure that the correct ethnicity is set.

Resolved & Known Issues

Curriculum Search Tab—After the last release some teachers were unable to search for specific activities in the “Curriculum” tab. This is now fixed, and all teachers should be able to search for content in the tab.

SmartStart Reporting—The SmartStart reports and dashboards show the previous strand names. They will be updated to reflect the new strand names—which were included in this release—as soon as possible.

9.13.2017 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on September 13, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Product Updates

“End other session” Link Restored. We heard your feedback and restored the “End other session” link.

When a student tries to launch a session while another student session is already in progress, a “Student Locked” pop-up appears in the program. We recently removed a link in that pop-up that allowed students to end the other session. Based on your feedback, that link has been restored.

  • Note: If you do want your “End other session” link removed, just contact Waterford Support. We can now remove the link for individual districts as needed.

Additional Spanish Language Support. In August, we added native language support for Spanish-speaking students in most of the activities in SmartStart and Level 1 of Waterford Early Learning’s reading program. This release adds Spanish audio files to more of those activities.

Students for whom native language support is enabled hear Waterford activities in English first, and then get repeat instruction in Spanish and English.

Administrators can enable native language support in the Waterford Manager.

  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Click on “English Language Learners.”
  • Click the toggle to “on” to enable native language support.

This enables native language support for any student whose primary language is set to Spanish in their student profile. To change a student’s primary language:

  • Go to “Students” – “School” – “Class” – “Student”
  • In the info tab under the student profile, go to “Primary Language” and select Spanish.

Resolved Issues

SmartStart PDF Files Available. Several SmartStart teacher materials meant to be in the August release are now available in the Waterford Manager.

8.30.2017 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on August 30, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Product Updates

Curriculet is our new independent reading program for grades 3-12. A curriculet is a digital layer of checkpoints—questions, rich media experiences and assessments. Curriculets can be embedded in any digital text in the Curriculet eReader or used alongside any book from your own library (print or digital) with the Curriculet External Reader.

This release adds three new features to the Curriculet External Reader:

  • Teachers can create External Reader curriculets for books or texts we don’t already have in our library. This means a teacher can now create a curriculet to use alongside any text they have in their curriculum.

how to create an external reader curriculet

  • Teachers can edit an existing External Reader curriculet. Teachers can now add, remove, edit or reorder checkpoints and experiences within an existing External Reader curriculet. Teachers do not need a book license to make changes to an External Reader curriculet; these curriculets are used alongside an outside print or digital text.

how to edit a curriculet in the external reader

  • Existing curriculets in the External Reader now show highlighted text. In the eReader, experiences are attached to highlighted text within the novel. Now, you can see that snippet of highlighted text along with the experience in the External Reader too.

Resolved Issues

  • Curriculet’s password reset tool is now working.

3.9 Release Notes

Waterford released an automatic software update on August 2, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Updates to Note

Curriculet External Reader and New Texts: Welcome to all our new Curriculet customers! This release launches Curriculet, Waterford’s new independent reading program for grades 3-12. It includes two main updates to our beta version of Curriculet:

  • External Reader: The external reader allows you to read texts outside of Curriculet eReader—in print, via audiobook or on another digital reader—and then log in to access curriculet checkpoints for that text.
  • New texts: This release adds about 400 new books with curriculets from publishing partner Harper Collins.
Curriculet’s external reader lets students access Curriculet’s curriculum to use alongside a print book or external digital or audio text.

Native Language Support: This new feature adds native language support for Spanish-speaking students in SmartStart and Level 1 of Waterford Early Learning’s reading program. Students for whom native language support is enabled hear Waterford activities in English first, and then get repeat instruction in Spanish and English. Administrators can enable native language support in the Waterford Manager.

  • Go to “Settings.”
  • Click on “English Language Learners.”
  • Click the toggle to “on” to enable native language support.

This enables native language support for any student whose primary language is set to Spanish in their student profile. To change a student’s primary language:

  • Go to “Students” – “School” – “Class” – “Student”
  • In the info tab under the student profile, go to “Primary Language” and select Spanish.

 

SmartStart Teacher Materials: New SmartStart teacher materials are available in the Waterford Manager. Go to the SmartStart “Curriculum” tab and click on “Search.” Filter your program by “SmartStart PreK” and “Activity Type” to see new materials, including.

  • Downloadable PDF versions of the SmartStart book set
  • An updated version of the Volume 1, Teacher Guide, including Units 1-3 (or the first 12 weeks) of classroom instruction—now, in a downloadable PDF format.

New Import Template: There is a new student import template in the Waterford Manager. Be sure to use this most recent version when you add students for the new school year.

New Student Profile Indicator: You can now add a student’s “Household Status” under their student profile. Options include foster, military, homeless and other designations. 

 

As always, please contact support if you have questions or need assistance!

3.8 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on June 21, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Updates to Note

  • New Activities: This release includes 45 new reading activities for level three. These decoder activities teach students how to look at a written word and determine its spoken sound. Schools that meet the system requirements for WebGL will get these new activities.
    • Schools with WebGL activities already enabled will receive these new activities automatically.
    • Schools that meet the system requirements, but aren’t yet using new activities should ask their Waterford sales or services representative about enabling new activities.
    • Schools that do not meet the system requirements for these new activities will automatically continue with the existing Waterford activities.
  • Change to How to End Sessions: This update removes the ability for students to end sessions. Previously, if a student selected another student from the class whose session was already in progress, the student was presented an option to end the in-progress session. Teachers can go into the Waterford Manager to end a session if needed.

Resolved Issues

  • Enhanced Clever Integration: This release makes several improvements to Waterford’s integration with Clever, including updating information that’s displayed in the dry run table and adding an administrator review for any changes that affect large numbers of users at once.

As always, please contact support if you have questions or need assistance!

Dashboards Update & Request for Feedback

After a district-by-district early release, Waterford’s new dashboards are now available for all schools! Find them in the Waterford Manager and check out this section of the Help Site for how-to steps. Then, please let us know what you think by emailing our product team at product@waterford.org!

We appreciate the time some of you have already taken to review this new feature and provide us with your feedback. Your feedback is vital to helping us continually improve your experience with Waterford. Some of the feedback we’ve received so far in this early release is already being considered for the start of the school year 2017-2018. Here are some examples:

    • How do I improve my dashboard load time?
      Load time can be affected by a lot of factors, including Internet connectivity and the number of students for which your school or district is pulling data. On our end, some improvements are being made with each release to make incremental gains in speed. We are also actively working on additional improvements in this area for the back-to-school time frame.
    • Why are my district and school dashboards all red?
      Usage goals were set to the default Waterford recommendation of 5 days per week and 15 or 30 minutes per day; these may be higher than your district’s goals, meaning your students are showing up as “red,” or underperforming. Use the enhanced usage goals feature in the settings page to input your district’s own goals! Changes to the usage goals will not affect the existing reports, so please take this opportunity to see how powerful these settings can be. Dashboard calculations take place overnight, so changes to the usage goals aren’t reflected until the next day. You can make adjustments as often as necessary. We are also considering adjusting the red, yellow, and green thresholds to more evenly distribute them.
    • Can we remove days that students are not in school?
      This is on our list of enhancements we will be including for the back to school time frame.

More feedback being considered for the near future:

  • Can we sort our dashboard alphabetically, or by lowest performing to highest? We are reviewing this with our team to see if it can be included in a future release.
  • Can we filter our dashboard by specific demographic information such as gender, race, poverty level, or at-risk indicators? Yes this is possible, and it is on the list of enhancements we want to make in the very near future.
  • Could benchmarks be added to some of the dashlets to show us where our students should be? Yes, this is in the works and will be added to the dashboards in the near future.
  • Can I see the details of the data from a single dashlet in the dashboard? Drill down capabilities currently exist on all levels of the dashboard. Future releases will provide direct links to more granular reports.
  • Can I print or export the data from the dashboards? This is on our list of enhancements we will be including in the near future.

 

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or comments, and please keep the great feedback coming!

3.7 Release Notes

Waterford will release an automatic software update on April 28, 2017. See what’s in this release in the list below. If you have any questions, our Support Team is always happy to help!

Updates to Note

  • Dashboards: The new Waterford Dashboards were released district-by-district over the past month. All schools should now have access to Dashboards in their Waterford Manager. To learn more about the individual dashboards and how to use them, visit the Help Site guide.
  • New Activities: This release includes 194 new reading activities for level three. Schools that meet the system requirements for WebGL can get these new activities, which have been improved graphically and instructionally.
    • Schools with WebGL activities already enabled will receive these new activities automatically.
    • Schools that meet the system requirements, but aren’t yet using new activities should ask their Waterford sales or services representative about enabling new activities.
    • Schools that do not meet the system requirements for these new activities will automatically continue with the existing Waterford activities.
  • New Import Template There are new options in the student profile. As a result of this change, customers need to download a new template before they import new students. Administrators can find the new template under the Students tab, “Import Students” in the Waterford Manager.

Resolved Issues

  • This release also includes updates for the Waterford/Clever integration and resolves an issue with the cursor disappearing behind activities.

As always, please contact support if you have questions or need assistance!