October 06

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Cool Trick: The Basic Functions of Achieve3000

How do I remove the lessons that Achieve has automatically scheduled for my students?

You can do this in one of two ways, depending on your need. First, let’s remove a single article.

  1. Go to “My Lessons” in the blue bar of the home page.
  2. Click on “Week” view under the title “My Lessons.” This is an easy interface.
  3. Check the class selection in the drop-down menus at the top of the page, in the blue bar. Select the grade and class you want to work with. If you select “All Classes,” your removal will happen for all those classes at once. This removal will affect all classes at that grade level.
  4. Click on a lesson, opening a pop-up window of details.
  5. Click on the start time at the bottom of this window.
  6. Click “Remove.”
  7. You’re done!

But what if you want to remove many articles at once?

  1. Go to “My Lessons” in the blue bar of the home page.
  2. Click on “Year” view under the title “My Lessons.”
  3. On the left, you will see lists of topics. Click on one to open its subtopics.
  4. Clicking on a topic or subtopic will open the “Remove” command next to it. Clicking that will remove all articles in that topic or subtopic.
  5. You’re done!

How do I schedule lessons easily?

First of all, do not schedule using the internal Achieve3000 email. This is confusing. Do this instead.

  1. Go to “My Lessons” in the blue bar of the home page.
  2. Click on “Week” view under the title “My Lessons.” This is an easy interface.
  3. Check the class selection in the drop-down menus at the top of the page, in the blue bar. Select the grade and class you want to work with. If you select “All Classes,” your scheduling will happen for all those classes at once.
  4. Click on “Search for More Lessons.” It is to the left.
  5. Use this search utility to find a new article or one you have already selected.
  6. Click and drag it onto the calendar.
  7. Adjust the duration of the scheduling by dragging the border as you wish.
  8. You’re done!

This will make the scheduled article appear on the students’ home pages. And yes, more than one article can appear as the featured article.

How do I change the date for an article already scheduled?

  1. Go to “My Lessons” in the blue bar of the home page.
  2. Click on “Week” view under the title “My Lessons.” This is an easy interface.
  3. Check the class selection in the drop-down menus at the top of the page, in the blue bar. Select the grade and class you want to work with. If you select “All Classes,” your scheduling will happen for all those classes at once.
  4. Click on the article you want to change. This will open a pop up window of article details. Scroll to the bottom and click on start date.
  5. Change the date in the calendar that pops up.
  6. Click “Ok.”
  7. You’re done!

How can I add more content from my non-ELA discipline?

  1. Click on “Admin” in the yellow tool bar and select “User Administration.”
  2. Click on “Edit Class Information.”
  3. Click on the blue hyperlink next to the class you wish to add content to.
  4. Scroll down to open “Class Courses.”
  5. Check mark the new courses, such as “Earth and Space Science” or “Career Exploration.” Uncheck any you do not want assigned.
  6. You’re done!

How do I find scores for activities?

You can generate so many reports in Achieve3000 that it can become confusing. Do this:

  1. Click on “Admin” in the yellow toolbar at the top of your screen.
  2. Open “Student Work.”
  3. In the “My Lessons” drop-down menu, select “Activities.”
  4. This will open a series of drop-down menus where you specify the report. A single class? All classes? A single student or group of students? A specific date range? You can customize your report pretty powerfully and easily. Set it as you wish and click “View Report.”
  5. A pop-up window appears, and you can find the report. Also, you can organize it by clicking on any heading, like “User Name” to alphabetize.
  6. You’re done!

How do I find the responses to Thought Questions for grading?

  1. Click on “Admin” in the yellow toolbar at the top of your screen.
  2. Open “Student Work.”
  3. In the “My Lessons” drop-down menu, select “Thought Questions.”
  4. This will open a series of drop-down menus where you specify the report. A single class? All classes? A single student or group of students? A specific date range? You can customize your report pretty powerfully and easily. Set it as you wish and click “View Report.”
  5. A pop-up window appears, and you can find the report. Also, you can organize it by clicking on any heading, like “User Name” to alphabetize.
  6. Click on the name of the writing you want to grade in the column titled “Activity.” This will open a window where you can read the response, grade it, and respond with comments. The score will appear on that report.
  7. You’re done!

How do I see the Lexile reports for my students?

  1. Click on “Admin” in the yellow toolbar at the top of your screen.
  2. Open “Performance Reports.”
  3. Select “How has Lexile performance changed over time?”
  4. This will open a series of drop-down menus where you specify the report. A single class? All classes? A single student or group of students? A specific date range? You can customize your report pretty powerfully and easily. Set it as you wish and click “View Report.”
  5. A pop-up window appears, and you can find the report. Also, you can organize it by clicking on any heading, like “User Name” to alphabetize. The report for an individual student will show when they took the pre-test, how long they took to complete it, what the Lexile was, and expectations for future performance.
  6. You’re done!

How can I find student passwords?

  1. Click on “Admin” in the yellow toolbar at the top of your screen.
  2. Open “User Administration.”
  3. Click “Print class list.”
  4. Select your class. Click “submit.”
  5. A pop-up window will appear with the list of student names, login names, and passwords.
  6. You’re done!

How can students see their Lexile scores?

This does not happen easily. The student will not see a huge Lexile level notice anywhere, but the system will show it when they need it. That happens in the Career Center. The student can do this:

  1. Open the “Career Center” in the “Resources” menu on the home page.
  2. Select any career.
  3. In the career description, a bar will show the required Lexile for that career as well as the student’s current Lexile level. That’s where they see their Lexile.
  4. They’re done!

In this way, students do not see the information outside of context. The context is the career goal.

How should students save their Thought Question work?

When the student completes a Thought Question, two buttons below the text field will appear. One reads “Finish Later”; the other reads “Submit.” If the student is not finished with work, they should click “Finish Later.”

But, here’s the big BUT. Some students and teachers have reported that the saved work does not appear when the student goes back. So, the student should buy themselves some insurance through Google. In their browser, it is simple enough to open a new tab, open Drive, create a new doc, and copy and paste their work into it. Now they know they have it. And Google is reliable, so if they return to Achieve3000 and find no work, they can copy and paste it from the doc. Easy enough.