Good morning from the Montana Digital Academy offices at the University of Montana!
As a reminder, the credit recovery orientation program opens up today, August 29, 2016!
For details on other programs and dates/deadlines, please see the briefing information on the menu just to the left of this announcement!
We have been alerted that GeniusSIS is currently not responding. We will update this feed as soon as we have more information.
MTDA will be transitioning our teacher accounts from the spring teacher group to our summer teacher group this afternoon. This process will require adapting each credit recovery classroom in anticipation of the official start of our summer program on Monday morning. To ensure that we don’t miss any assignment notifications, PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY MASTERY ASSIGNMENTS from 2pm Friday, June 10, to 8am on Monday, June 13. You may still work on completion assignments, take any assessment available to you and work on notes and study guides.
Attention site facilitators: a reminder that the Summer 2016 High School Original Credit enrollment deadline is today. After today, enrollment will be limited to open slots, first come, first served, until our late enrollment deadline before the summer sessions start.
Please contact our help desk if you need any assistance!
The MTDA Moodle server will be undergoing maintenance on Saturday May 28th from 8am – 5pm MST. Classroom access will be limited during that time.
Montana Digital Academy’s offices will be closed from 4:30pm, Friday, May 27, 2016 until 8am on Tuesday, May 30, 2016 at 8am. During that time, there will be no teacher services or help desk services available.
Please send any questions to the support desk, email@example.com. Questions and concerns will be answered when the offices open on Tuesday.
Attention credit recovery site facilitators, local support, counselors and administrators:
End of Semester Instructions for Schools
High School Credit Recovery
Updated Monday, 23 May 2016
About This Page
Thank you for your hard work and flexibility this spring as we continue to build our credit recovery program. Your feedback and comments have been critical. We are planning a number of new enhancements, big and small, for this our program, both this summer and fall. Keep it coming! This document explains our end-of-semester procedure, which will be different from past semesters due to the format.
What Constitutes Complete?
As has always been the case in MTDA’s credit recovery program, complete means that ALL required lesson quizzes (80% mastery), module post assessments (65% mastery), the final exam (65% mastery) and mastery assignments (65%) have been completed to the mastery level.
The end-of-semester should be less dramatic than past years since assignment and assessment completion is tied to moving on in any particular course.
Completing all assignments is required for a recommendation of credit in the program.
PLEASE NOTE: Student that do not complete a semester DO NOT carry over progress from semester-to-semester. This has been the case at MTDA since Fall 2013 and continues even with the reboot of the program.
End of Semester
The end of fall semester is Friday, May 27, 2016 at 5:00pm. We will announce this day via the website on Wednesday, May 25th to students to let them know of the pending deadline.
AGAIN THIS SEMESTER: Based on site feedback, we have built into the program a new flexible course ending protocol, acknowledging common themes typical to the credit recovery environment. FOR ALL STUDENTS, we will grant an automatic extension until Friday, June 10, 2016, no request is required, no questions asked.
After June 10th, MTDA’s academic coach staff will evaluate all remaining students and put in drop requests for those that have not completed courses.
If you have students who you know now that they will NOT complete their course (moved out of your school, have transferred to another program, etc.), please put a drop request into GeniusSIS with the most appropriate reason:
- Back to homeschool
- Course is too hard
- Scheduling conflicts
- Student Did Not Meet Requirements at End of Semester
- Student does not have enough technology access
- Student has a doctor-verified medical withdrawal
- Student has dropped out of school
- Student has transferred to a non-MTDA school
- Student is no longer enrolled at the local public school
- Student is not making acceptable progress in the course
- Student was enrolled in error
- Teacher is not helpful
The June 10th deadline is absolute. No additional extension is available after that date, nor is progress transferrable from semester to semester. Please note, however, that students are still able to take module pre-assessments that could qualify them to be exempt from units that they previously completed during the fall.
If you plan to run a credit recovery program in your building this summer and haven’t reviewed our summer briefing, this is your opportunity to do so! Click here.
Feedback? Questions? Complaints? Complements?
…we welcome it all! Please put in a support ticket, firstname.lastname@example.org or give Jason Neiffer, MTDA’s Assistant Director/Curriculum Director, a call (406-203-1812). WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
We are approaching the closing of enrollment of Spring credit recovery as the semester end date is about a month away. Therefore, spring enrollment will be closing next week. Do not enroll students at this point with an expectation that they will be able to roll into summer. Summer enrollment information will be posted next week. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com
Students in many MTDA original credit courses are required to take final exams in a proctored, secure exam environment.
Rationale: Per the request of both MTDA teachers and participating school district administrators and teachers, MTDA will ask local districts to create a proctored environment for class finals should that be necessary in specific MTDA courses. You can see a list of exams that require proctoring starting April 20, 2016 on this page:PUBLIC Link.
Procedures for proctored exams:
MTDA will offer student finals during their final exam period, scheduled for May 16-18, 2016. The exam will generally take no longer than two hours.
Proctor exams must be monitored by an adult (for example, a counselor, teacher, administrator or paraprofessional) named by the local site facilitator or school. We have created a document with “best practices” for test proctors (see below). It may not be proctored by a parent or another student.
The designated proctor must supervise the student for the entire duration of the final exam.
All proctored exams are password protected. The passwords will be sent to the primary contact from each school, and that person should distribute passwords to the designated proctors the week of May 2, 2016. It is the responsibility of the local site facilitator to share appropriate passwords with designated proctors. Passwords are to remain secure, and shared only with appropriate school personnel.
Proctored exams mean that students have access to no other materials during the exam, including notes, textbooks, translators or other course materials. Some courses ask for additional factors as noted on the digital password sheet.
Designated proctors must also monitor students to make sure that additional browser windows are not open and that electronic devices like cell phones, iPads, tablet PCs, etc are not being used during the exam.
No finals will be available before May 16, 2016, with the exception of prior arrangements made for early exiting seniors. All final exams must be completed by May 18, 2016. There will be a makeup period for exams on May 19 & 20, 2016 for students with verifiable medical excuses only.
** Spring Tests Only: As in past semesters, some AP courses will require earlier final examinations based on the AP exam schedule for students. **
Please direct questions about proctoring to Christen Cole, MTDA Instructional Registrar, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-203-1812. Thank you for your cooperation.
Finals Proctoring Information Best Practices
Please print this document for sharing with your named proctored linked HERE.