MasteryConnect is an online platform available to all teachers in Aiken County schools. MasteryConnect facilitates assessing and monitoring student performance on individual learning standards. Assessments are deliverable electronically and through traditional pencil and paper methods. Through MasteryConnect's online learning community of over 2.5 million educators, ACPSD teachers have access to assessments and resources shared by teachers across America.
MasteryConnect is used to deliver the quarterly benchmark assessments and helps teachers identify and track student mastery of South Carolina State Standards and to keep track of student formative assessment data to inform teaching practice. Teachers have the option to manually input student raw scores or take advantage of MasteryConnect’s digital resources to create online assessments, then generate reports based on student progress towards standards mastery. ACPSD Guide to Formative Assessment Benchmarks
MasteryConnect allows teachers to input student data in one of four ways:
- By entering raw student scores from formative assessments
- By using MasteryConnect’s GradeCam to take pictures of bubbled scoring sheets
- By uploading rubrics and determining mastery based on observations
- By assigning online assessments generated with MasteryConnect’s online item bank of tech-enhanced questions
Teachers work within the “Mastery Tracker”, MasteryConnect’s user dashboard. Through the “Trackers” feature, teachers can view data for the entire class or for individual students. Data is color coded to show students that need remediation, are near mastery, or have mastered a standard. Teachers can filter data to sort by specific standards or by analyzing a specific item or question. MasteryConnect makes it possible to share data between teachers and to generate collaborative reports across multiple classrooms.
Administrators can utilize MasteryConnect to view district data. MasteryConnect generates reports based on the total percentage of standards assessed, progress towards mastery of the standards assessed, and information on individual assessments and standards. Administrators determine how broad or how granular they would like each report to be, making it possible to look at district, school, classroom, teacher, and individual student data.
MasteryConnect includes a Resource Pins feature. Teachers can “pin” standards-aligned resources they find online or materials they upload to the MasteryConnect site to their curriculum map. Teachers can also pin resources to student “playlists” where they can be accessed from each student’s personal page.
Beyond standards-tracking tools, MasteryConnect offers “Socrative”, a real-time assessment tool, and “Mindful”, a professional development resource for teachers and administrators. Through Socrative, teachers can gauge student comprehension through multiple choice, true/false, or short answer questions, a quiz game, or through an exit ticket. Students answer questions using their personal device, while teachers can view a live results table that populates as students respond. Teachers can use Socrative to create, save, and share assessments and to review data from past quizzes.