On March 3rd, we're updating the student Practice experience on NoRedInk to be more fair, transparent, and motivating.
- Students will now be able to see exactly how many questions they need to answer correctly to master a topic.
- Students will not lose points when they get questions wrong. Instead, students will enter a temporary "frozen" state. In this state, students will be given extra practice questions to ensure that they fully understand the skill before moving on. After answering three more questions correctly in a row, students will be able to return to Practice as normal.
- Rather than receiving a numerical mastery score on each topic, students will now progress through proficiency levels: Starting Off, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Mastery. Students will still receive an overall numerical score on the assignment.
- We've also updated Practice to include some fun, colorful visuals that will help students easily understand where they are in the mastery process.
- On the teacher end, you will still have access to students' overall score for any Practice assignment or learning pathway.
- The only difference is that when you zoom in on individual topics, you will now see students' mastery levels rather than a score on each topic.
What's staying the same?
- Students will still have an unlimited number of chances to get to full mastery of a topic.
- Students will still receive targeted lessons when they get a question wrong.
- Our Practice engine will still dynamically adjust the difficulty of questions based on students' answers.
How can I prepare my students?
Attached to the bottom of this article, you can find a set of slides you can use to present the new Practice experience to your students.
What will the new Practice experience look like for students?
The colored bar at the top of Practice will show students how many questions they need to get right to master the topic. For instance, in the image below, the student has mastered two levels already and only has to answer 4 more questions correctly. In the top right, this student is also able to see that she has answered 11 questions so far.
When students answer questions correctly, they'll move up through four levels to mastery.
When students get a question wrong, their scores will never go down. Instead, they'll enter "frozen" mode. Once they answer three questions correctly, they'll be able to return to normal Practice.
In a Practice assignment or learning pathway, students will be able to see their overall score, as well as their mastery level on each topic.
Once these changes go live, you'll be able to go in and try it out yourself by following these steps:
1) From your account, click "View as Student."
2) Visit the Lessons page.
3) Select a topic, then click "Practice This!"