Release Notes 6.7.2021 released an automatic software update on June 7, 2021. See the list below for update details. If you have any questions or feedback, our Support Team is always happy to help.

Login Change: Organization Code

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

To make the login process more secure, we have assigned a three-digit code to all organizations using Waterford Reading Academy. To log in to a teacher or educator account, users will now need to enter the organization code before their username and password.

screenshot of the Waterford login page

Use the look-up feature to find your district’s unique code. Once the code has been entered, your computer will remember it until the next time you clear your browser cookies.

Added: Reset to Placement Tool

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

District administrators can now assign the Placement Exam to all students at one time through the Organizations tab. After confirming the decision to reset all placements, the update will occur overnight and administrators will be notified by email when it is finished. 

screenshot of the Organizations tab with a red circle around the Reset to Placement tool

This tool should be used at the beginning or end of the school year or any other time you want all students to be reset.  

screenshot of the window that will open after selecting the Reset to Placement tool

At the time, this feature is district-wide only and cannot be undone once it has been selected.

Added: Remove Associations

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

We migrated the Remove Associations tool from Waterford Early Learning to Waterford Reading Academy. This allows district administrators to remove all student class and course information at the end of the school year.

screenshot of the Organizations tab

Like the Reset to Placement tool, this feature can be found in the Organizations tab. It is district-wide only and cannot be undone. We recommended resetting to placement first before removing all student associations.

screenshot of the Remove Associations window

Added: End Sessions for Individual Students

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

Educators can now end Waterford sessions for a student through the Dashboards tab. This new feature will allow educators to have better management over their students’ time and allow them to force close sessions as needed.

screenshot of a student dashboard with the mouse hovered over the End Sessions button

Added: Bookmarking Tool

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

We added a new tool in the Courses & Goals tab that allows educators to manually assign a level to students in Waterford Reading Academy. The Bookmarking tool can recover an account that was lost due to data loss or a sequencing error.

screenshot of the courses and goals tab with a red box around the Starting Level dropdown menu

New Student Features: End Session and Skip Activity

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

Educators can now end a Waterford session from the student window or skip an activity if it is too difficult for a child to complete. 

To make sure a student cannot end a session or skip an activity themselves, these actions can only be completed after answering a math question.

screenshot of a Waterford activity

New Curriculum Content Available in Waterford Reading Academy

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

We added the following 12 new curriculets and accompanying activity sheets to Waterford Reading Academy:

Grade 2
  • The Day You Begin
  • Dreamers
  • I Am Enough
Grade 3
  • I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.
Grade 4
  • Ada's Violin
  • Ways to Make Sunshine
  • My Father's Dragon
Grade 5
  • The Jumbies
  • Stargazing
  • Amina's Voice
  • Prairie Lotus
  • Can I Touch Your Hair?

Additionally, 24 new graphic organizers are available to print or use as fillable PDFs. You can access these by selecting the Collections > Graphic Organizers filter in the Resources and Activities tab.

Fixed Issue: Stale Sessions

Affects: Waterford Reading Academy

We created a student notification that will tell students when their session has ended or timed out and instruct them to close the browser. This will help prevent “stale sessions,” which is when students do not notice that their session has timed out and continue playing while unaware that their work will not be saved.

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