WACS for Waterford UPSTART

If you are a Waterford UPSTART parent or provider, the way you launch WACS assessments will differ slightly from K–12 educators. Use these instructions to start WACS sessions for children and monitor them through test completion.

Launching a WACS Session

Before a child can start their WACS test, you will need to visit the WACS login page and sign them in for their session. To launch a WACS session:

  1. Connect your computer to the Internet and open a Google Chrome browser.
    Check your computer’s sound to make sure it is working before beginning the WACS session.
  2. Visit wacs-upstart.waterford.org to access the WACS login page.
  3. Enter the child’s unique five-digit WACS code and click Submit. A pop-up window will appear and ask you to verify the child’s name.
  4. Click the green check mark to launch the child’s WACS session.
    Do not check the green check mark until the child is ready to begin the assessment.

Monitoring a Child’s WACS Session

Although WACS includes a tutorial on how to use a mouse, some children may be using one for the first time. Watch for children who appear confused and coach them as needed, but do not provide help or answers for any test questions. If a child is confused about a question, suggest that they pick their best guess.

If a child takes too long to answer a question, a pop-up will appear on the screen for the child to ask you for help. If you see a child with this pop-up on their computer, exit out of the window so the child can continue their test.

Finishing the WACS Session

Each child’s WACS session will end when they complete the assessment or after 30 minutes have passed. 

If the child has not completed the assessment after 30 minutes, Wyatt will tell the child it’s time for a break. Give the child a 5–10 minute break, then return to the WACS login page (wacs-upstart.waterford.org). Re-enter their WACS code and allow them to complete the session, which will begin where they left off.

Once the child has completed the assessment, Wyatt will congratulate the child and a deputy badge will appear on the screen. You will then be returned to the WACS login page. 

To verify that the child has finished their assessment, re-enter their WACS code. If they have finished the assessment, you will be redirected to a page that states this child has completed their test.

If the child has not completed their test, you will be redirected to the assessment so they can continue.


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