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Month: August 2013

NWEA/Maps Directions and Resources

NWEA/Maps testing will be starting very soon. We want to make sure everyone is comfortable with administering the tests.

We had a classroom pilot the test to make sure we could address some of the bumps you might go through during this process. Zoe Parrish and Krystle Demas were so kind to create a little cheat sheet that will help many of you when attempting to set up your classes and tests. During the pilot we experienced a hiccup and were able to find a solution. This is also posted in their directions. Please do not forget to use the NWEA booklet for help.

Zoe’s directions – https://docs.google.com/a/glnd.k12.va.us/document/d/1ndPgrTemp1rRqdGDGm_V0z6nKWpXZCB0NJcf21rlAMY/edit?usp=sharing

Dr. Geyer and I pulled these guides from the Maps Resources page. You have access to them, but I wanted to share them here just in case.

Test Session Guide – PGM2_Test_Session_Guide

Introducing Students to Maps, what to tell them – QRM2_Student_Introduction_to_MAP_Testing_QuickRef

*One note in Maps, a Proctor is the teacher giving the test. This is different than how we use the term “proctor” when administering the SOL tests.

Proctoring Tips and Troubleshooting – QRM2_Proctor_Tips_and_Troubleshooting_QuickRef

Please do not forget to use the Knowledge Academy for accessing resources and videos. https://knowledgeacademy.nwea.org

Choose the Learning Library




From the Learning Library you will have different types of resources (any plenty of them). Check out the ones that say “Recommended” and click the blue start link in the right hand column.






We hope this helps you with this new assessment. Let us know if you have any questions.

I need help in onTRAC!

Did you know you don’t have to go running next door or down the hall or jump on the phone because there is something wrong with onTRAC? There are 2 important links you will want to take full advantage. Do you see the little bubble with a ? in it? That is a quick way for YOU to chat with tech support. You don’t have to wait around any more for someone in your building to finally get around to helping you.

If you click on it, a new window will open and you can fill in your information and the problem. You may have to install an application that gives support the ability to see your screen (once you close your session, they can no longer access your computer). PLEASE use this resource. Take advantage of this accessibility to support. Not all products out there allow this.

Also, there is a blue HELP button beside the ?. This will open a page full of resources and videos and whatever else you need to help you with onTRAC.

FYI, There is a new URL for students to log into onTRAC. The Library Media Specialist are posting this URL to their pages. http://itest.interactiveachievement.net/VA_GOOCHLAND/v7/secure/

I hope this helps you with onTRAC. Jen:-)

PowerTeacher Guides

Welcome back! PowerTeacher is available now for you to access.

There are a few new features with 2.6, let me know as you read through the notes which ones are most beneficial to you.

I will be coming around during the tech tune-up to help you get your gradebook ready to go for the upcoming school year.

Here are a few resources to help you get started.



Please note we do not take Lunch counts or submit log entries through PowerTeacher.

Elementary Teachers, please do not set up your gradebook until I see you. There is a change for this year.

I hope to see you all soon! Jen:-)

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