Position: Science Department Head/Lead 8th grade Teacher
District/School: Garland ISD, TX/ Classical Center @ Brandenburg Middle School
Products: ePath Assess Peoples Education
I had 2 goals in mind when initially selecting ePath Assess:
1) I wanted review material that was well written, concise, and covered the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)
2) I needed a test bank that allowed me to quickly select questions by TEKS and that I could trust to actually test the TEKS it claimed to cover.
Reviewer’s Note: A third goal that ePath Assess helped achieve was tracking student progress with their improved reporting capabilities.
Everyone has been very impressed with the amount of information we have been able to gather from the ePath Assess program. Administrators are pleased with the efficiency we have had due to knowing exactly what needs to be re-taught. My fellows Science Teachers have loved the ease of receiving grades for the quizzes. Other teachers in my building frankly are rather envious of the amount of data we have received from the program. Students definitely enjoy having immediate feedback on their quiz performance; they are showing more confidence in their work and like showing off when they receive a good grade.
The Test-Maker portion of the program has always been very easy to use, as has the lesson printing. It took only a few tries to figure out which reports would be the best to use and how to print them for maximum effectiveness. The biggest hurdle was making certain we had computer access for the students to take each quiz so that data could be entered in a timely manner. We initially solved that problem by making computer stations with our laptop computers and having 2 teachers share one cart of 30 computers. Additionally, the customer care center really goes above and beyond to help make certain I have everything I want and need.
How We Use It:
Initially we had 2 teachers share a cart of 30 laptop computers. We made stations in each classroom, where students could go and enter their answers after taking the quiz on paper. Once we realized that the students were truly interested in looking at the TEKS breakdown of their score, we arranged for full class computer access for each quiz. This allowed each student to spend some time looking over their results, including checking out their wrong answers. It has also allowed each student the time to work in on-line tutorial programs to focus on the specific TEKS where they need help, according to the report from each quiz.
At this point, we are looking into using Peoples Education Practice Path, which is web-based student-driven skill building tool, as our tutorial for next year. I am hopeful that it will be as easy for the students to use, as it will be a format they are used to, since Practice Path and ePath Assess fall under the same umbrella. At first glance it also looks to be teacher-friendly in that we will have more control over how many questions a student must answer correctly before getting to 'play', making the student more accountable for their answers than other programs we have tried.