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Revision Assistant Integrations Release Notes

The Revision Assistant team is committed to keeping our users as informed and involved with the product creation process as possible. In this light, we share these release notes with you.

 

Our release notes cover what we’re working on, things we’ve fixed, and known issues with potential workarounds.


Please read these notes before reporting a bug via ticket or email.

 


03.22.2018

March 22, 2018

 

Updated Feature

Data Collection Revamped and Teacher and Class Usage Tabs Added to Administrator Usage Report 

 

We'll admit it, admins: we're pretty excited about the new additions to the Administrator Usage Report. Along with revamping the way we measure Signal Check data, we've added two new tabs of information on teacher and class usage. Check out the table below for more info on some of the updates. 
 

 

 

Note: If you used one key or secret to set up your entire district in Revision Assistant, you can download an Administrator Usage Report, but you cannot select which schools go in the report. Your data will still be separated by class and teacher, but it will come from the entire district and cannot be denoted by school. This is because setting up an entire district with one key or secret doesn't allow Revision Assistant to see which individual schools make up the district. 

 

 

 

Updated Area Changes
NEW!  Teacher Usage tab Nothing yet - it's new! The Teacher Usage tab shows which teachers are actively using Revision Assistant within a school, set of schools, or an entire district and generally shows how much their students are improving with each Signal Check draft.
NEW!  Class Usage tab Nothing yet - it's new! The Class Usage tab digs into the progress every class is making with Signal Check assignments within a school, set of schools, or an entire district.
Downloading the report Our developers added magic code to make the report download waaaaay faster!

Average Change in Signal Check and Percent
(%) with Increased Signal Check Scores

Because students do get scores and holistic feedback when they turn in their essay (like they do in a Signal Check), we now count a Turn In as a Signal Check too.
No. of Active Teachers and
No. of Active Students

Teachers and students will no longer count as active if they only launch the library (teachers) or open an assignment that doesn't have a prompt assigned yet (students). 

 

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03.20.2018 

March 20, 2018

 

New Feature

Students Now Able to Highlight Prompts and Sources on All Assignment Types

 

Allow us to take a moment to highlight our new feature: Revision Assistant now has a highlighter! Revision Assistant prompts and sources were designed to be a little tricky and stretch students' skills, so we've implemented this new feature to help them analyze and annotate as they read. To access it, students simply drag and release their cursor over important sections in a prompt and sources and then select Highlight from the pop-up menu. Though they can't see what students have marked, teachers can add Special Instructions to an assignment asking students to highlight a prompt's purpose, pertinent source quotes, etc. using our new tool. For more information see Using the Highlighter in our student guides section. We hope this feature release is the highlight of your day.

 

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03.09.2018

March 09, 2018

 

New Content

New Prompts Available in the Expansion Pack Prompt Library

 

Have you seen?! We've got a new 19! We just added a whopping 19 new prompts to our Expansion Pack Prompt Library. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, in Expansion Pack, students practice their skills and get to test out our never-before-seen prompts using our newest features. Though students won’t receive feedback or scores, this module provides high-quality content for engaging writing instruction and independent practice. You can now see the following new content in our Expansion Pack Prompt Library:

 

 

We hope you enjoy these new prompts as much as we do!

 


02.28.2018

February 28, 2018

 

Updated Feature

New Subject Categories Added

 

We don't want to subject you to too much excitement in one week, but we've added four new subject categories in our prompt libraries! By selecting "Other" in the subject filter in any of our Revision Assistant libraries, you will now be able to see which of our existing prompts specifically pertain to STEM, Technology, Career, and Finance. These new subject categories will show up in our Scope and Sequence document in our Curriculum Resources guides section and along the right side of the prompt page under the prompt skill level. See the screenshot below for a closer look.

 

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02.27.2018

February 27, 2018

 

New Feature

Lexile® Text Measures for Prompt Sources Now Available in Expansion Pack

 

February may be a short month, but we would never short-change you on feature releases! It’s our pleasure to bring you more Lexile® measures. Previously, teachers could only see Lexile text measures in Signal Check and Spot Check, but we're thrilled to announce they are now available for all prompt sources in Expansion Pack too. What are Lexile measures you ask? The Lexile Framework for Reading from MetaMetrics® is one of the most accurate and widely-used datasets for matching students with reading materials that will fit their skills level and help them stretch those skills even further. A Lexile measure represents both the complexity of a text (called a text measure) and an individual’s reading ability (called a reader measure). Choosing texts that have a text measure of 100 Lexile points below to 50 points above a student’s individual reader measure ensures that the student will comprehend the content and develop their skills as a reader.  

 

For a more in-depth look at Lexile Measures see our Curriculum Resources page. Check out the screenshot below for where teachers can view Lexile Measures in Revision Assistant itself.

 

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02.21.2018

February 21, 2018

 

 

New Feature

Assignment Report Previews Now Available on Student Progress Page

 

OK, so maybe you don’t like the previews at the movies, but you’re going to love the new Assignment Report preview on the Student Progress page. Now, before teachers download the Assignment Report for a Signal or Spot Check assignment, they will see a color-coded snapshot of how their students did on each rubric trait. We also revamped the way we show which students have turned in work on the Student Progress page. Now, checkmarks next to names disappear if the student continues to write and request Signal Checks after turning in a Signal Check assignment. This will help teachers see which students are still working before they review reports, final scores, or close the assignment.  Grab some popcorn and go check out the Assignment Report previews in Revision Assistant!

 

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New Feature

Proofread Drafts Now Visible to Students and Teachers

 

What’s the best way to follow up an epic feature release like Proofread Mode? An equally exciting sequel, of course. We’re pleased to announce the release of Proofread Drafts, which allow students and teachers to revisit all grammar and spelling feedback students received in Proofread Mode on their Signal Check and Expansion Pack assignments. Students and teachers can find Proofread drafts exactly the same way they find previous essay drafts on an assignment - below their Writing Space (students) or below the most recent draft on the Student Work page (teachers). Students and teachers can click the underlined words and phrases on a Proofread Draft to see why they were flagged as grammar or spelling mix-ups and see the examples students were given to help correct them. 

 

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We forgot the roses on Valentine’s Day, but hopefully, we made it up to you with these two new features!

 


01.12.2018

January 12, 2018

 

New Feature

Students Now Able to Check Grammar and Spelling with Proofread Mode

 

Revision Assistant is starting off 2018 in beast mode. Want proof? We’re thrilled to announce that students can now check their grammar and spelling with our new feature - Proofread Mode. After requesting one Signal Check (Signal Check assignments) or writing a paragraph (Expansion Pack assignments), students will be able to enter Proofread Mode to check for wonky punctuation and faulty word choices and learn how to correct their grammatical mix-ups. Students can request three Proofreads per assignment in both Signal Check and Expansion Pack.

 

For more information, please see Using Proofread Mode for Signal Check assignments in our student guides section. Then, check out Proofread Mode for yourself in Revision Assistant; you’ll never wonder how to use a semicolon again. 

 

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12.21.2017

December 21, 2017

 

New Content

Prompts Added to Spot Check Library

 

Spotted: four new Signal Check prompts joining the Spot Check Library. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Spot Check is a great way for teachers to see a quick snapshot of their students’ writing performance at any point in time. In Spot Check, students write to one of our existing prompts without the guidance of Signal Check feedback. Once work on the assignment is collected, teachers can view students’ automatic, numerical scores, which are based on our genre- and grade-specific rubrics. You can now see the following prompts in the Spot Check Prompt Library:

 

 

We're a bit biased, but we think these addition to the Spot Check Library are spot-on. 

 

 

New Content

New Exemplars Added to the Curriculum Resources Page

 

We have some exemplary news! We’ve added four new sets of Exemplars to our Curriculum Resources page. Carefully crafted by our Curriculum Team, these sample essays grant teachers further insight into how Revision Assistant is assessing student work. Emerging (1), Developing (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4) Exemplar Essays can now be found on the Curriculum Resources page for the following prompts:

 

 


 

12.18.2017

December 18, 2017

 

New Prompt Genre

New Historical Analysis Prompt Genre Added to Signal Check Library

 

‘Tis the season for giving, so we’re giving our users a brand new prompt genre in the Signal Check Library: Historical Analysis! Expertly designed by our Curriculum Team, this new genre specifically aids writing instruction in Social Studies classrooms. Like our prompts that fall into the Social Studies subject category, our Historical Analysis prompts cover a wide variety of geographical, political, and historical topics and align with Common Core and state ELA standards. However, Historical Analysis prompts have also been aligned with the Common Core History and Reading standards, and with the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. In addition to more standards alignments, this genre will also give students targeted feedback based on our new Historical Analysis rubric, specifically tailored to hone Social Studies writing skills.

 

 

New Content

New Historical Analysis Prompts Added to Signal Check Library

 

While we did release a handful of Historical Analysis prompts into our Expansion Pack Library (see Release Notes 10.27.2017) a couple of months ago, we decided it was time to add three brand new prompts for this new genre into the Signal Check Library too. Though the previously released Expansion Pack Historical Analysis prompts will stay in that library for now, the following new content can be found in the Signal Check Prompt Library:  

 

 

 

We know it's not the pony you asked for, but hopefully, the new prompt genre and prompts will make your holidays just as joyful.

 


12.12.2017

December 12, 2017

 

New Content

New Prompts Added to Signal Check and Spot Check Prompt Libraries

 

Consider it an early holiday present: we’ve added a handful of prompts to our Signal Check and Spot Check Prompt Libraries! Along with adding a brand new one, we’ve transitioned three prompts out of Expansion Pack and into Signal Check. We’ve also added two existing Signal Check prompts to Spot Check. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Spot Check and Expansion Pack are two other prompt libraries we offer in Revision Assistant in addition to Signal Check. Prompts from both of these libraries come with their own unique features that allow students to practice their writing skills without the scaffolding of Signal Check feedback. For more information, check out Understanding Spot Check Assignments and Understanding Expansion Pack Assignments in our guides section. You can now see the following new and moved prompts in Revision Assistant:

 

Prompt Name

Genre & Grade

Library

Chesapeake Bay (New!)

Grades 9-10, Informative

Signal Check

Properties of Water

Grades 9-10, Argumentative

Signal Check*

Rocks

Grade 6, Informative

Signal Check*

Poe's Madness

Grades 9-12, Analysis

Signal Check*

The Open Boat

Grades 7-8, Informative

Spot Check**

Ad Me

Grades 11-12, Informative

Spot Check**

 

*Expansion Pack prompt moved to Signal Check

**Signal Check prompt added to Spot Check

 

 

While we’re less enthused about our expanding waistlines this holiday season, we’re very excited about our ever-expanding prompt libraries!

 


12.08.2017

December 08, 2017

 

New Content

New SAT Crosswalks Added to the Curriculum Resources Page

 

It's time to make like The Beatles and use the crosswalk(s)! We’ve just added two new Crosswalks to the Curriculum Resources page. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Crosswalks further illustrate how our Revision Assistant prompts align with a wide variety of curricula. These documents highlight the similarities between our genre rubrics and some of the most popular writing rubrics in the country, such as the SAT Essay Scoring Guide.

 

Run; don’t walk to check out the following new documents in the Crosswalks section of our Curriculum Resources page:

 


11.27.2017

November 27, 2017

 

New Content

New Exemplars Added to the Curriculum Resources Pages

 

What are we thankful for? Why, new Exemplars (and mashed potatoes), of course! We’ve added four new sets of Exemplars to our Curriculum Resources page. Carefully crafted by our Curriculum Team, these sample essays grant teachers further insight into how Revision Assistant is assessing student work.  Emerging (1), Developing (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4) Exemplar Essays can now be found on the Curriculum Resources page for the following prompts:

   

 

We hope you enjoy this new content as much as we do.

 


11.02.2017

November 02, 2017

 

New Content

New Crosswalks Added to the Curriculum Resources Page

 

Cue the crossing guard and stop that traffic. It’s time to use the Crosswalk(s).  We’ve added nine new Crosswalks to our Curriculum Resources page! For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Crosswalks further illustrate how our Revision Assistant prompts align with a wide variety of curricula. These documents highlight the similarities between our genre rubrics and some of the most popular writing rubrics in the country, such as the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) ELA Text-Based Writing Rubrics. Run; don’t walk to check out the following new documents in the Crosswalks section of our Curriculum Resources page:

 

 


10.27.2017

October 27, 2017

 

New Content

New Social Studies Prompts Added to the Expansion Pack Prompt Library

 

Boring writing tasks are a thing of the past!  We’ve just released fourteen new prompts about history, geography, and politics into the Expansion Pack Prompt Library.  We also switched the genre from Informative to Analysis for the existing Women's Suffrage and Equal Rights prompt in Expansion Pack to better capture the demands of the writing task. You can use our (new!) Social Studies subject filter (See Release Notes for 10.18.2017) to find the following new and updated content:

 

 

New Feature

Prewriting Now Available on Expansion Pack Assignments

 

Along with releasing our new prompts, we’re thrilled to announce that Expansion Pack assignments now come with Prewriting! Like on Signal Check assignments, students can now use our Prewriting feature to map out their essays and send their thoughts to the Writing Space on Expansion Pack assignments too. Great writing begins with a great plan. Adding Prewriting to Expansion Pack prompts is one of the many ways the Revision Assistant team is striving to help all students produce truly great writing.

 

10.24.2017

October 24, 2017

 

Updated Feature

Writing Space Formatting Buttons Now Available in a Fly-Out Menu

 

Like the plot of every 90s teen movie, we’ve given our formatting buttons a makeover. Students looking to add some pizzazz to their essays can now access the bold, italic, and underline features by selecting the "T" button in the toolbar at the bottom of their Writing Space. See the screenshots below for the before and after pictures of our formatting buttons. We hope you like our fly, new fly-out menu!

 

 

Before

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After

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10.18.2017

October 18, 2017

 

New Feature

Students Now Able to Tab in the Writing Space

 

          You asked. We listened. We are pleased to announce that students can now use the tab key to indent paragraphs in the Writing Space on all three assignment types (Signal Check, Spot Check, and Expansion Pack). And we didn't forget about our teachers! Teachers can now also tab while writing Special Instructions on assignments.

 

 

Subject Filter Now Available in the Prompt Libraries

 

          We don’t want to subject you to too much excitement in one day, but we’ve also added a subject filter in the Prompt Libraries! In addition to being able to search by grade and genre, teachers can now use our new filter to search for prompts that pertain to ELA, Science, and Social Studies. See the screenshot below for a closer look.

 

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We hope you are filled with delight over these fantabulous new features!

 

 

10.11.2017

October 11, 2017

 

New Feature

LMS Administrators Are Now Able to Download the Revision Assistant Usage Report

 

We are thrilled to announce that our Administrator Usage Report is now live for Learning Management System (LMS) users! Available on the Administrator Reports page in Revision Assistant, this report provides school and district administrators with a wealth of data on Revision Assistant usage in their school(s). The multi-tab, downloadable Excel can be used to figure out how many and how often teachers and students are using our Signal Check assignments, and (most excitingly!) it helps administrators gauge the impact these assignments are having on student writing. Among other information, the report also offers a list of definitions and tips for interpreting each field of data. We admit it, admins: we’re pretty excited about this one.

 

For more information, check out the View the Administrator Usage Report page in our LMS guides section. Administrators can also refer to the Instantly see student writing improvement across the district” email from communications@turnitin.com.

 


08.15.2017

August 15, 2017

 

New Content

New Exemplars Added to the Curriculum Resources Page

 

We have some exemplary news!  We’ve doubled our cache of Exemplars by adding 11 new sets to our Curriculum Resources page. These sample essays, carefully crafted by our Curriculum Team, grant teachers further insight into how Revision Assistant is assessing student work.  Emerging (1), Developing (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4) Exemplar Essays can now be found on the Curriculum Resources page for the following prompts:    

 

 

We’re in 11th heaven over these 11 new Exemplars.  We hope you are too!

 


08.14.2017

August 14, 2017

 

Updated Content

All Narrative Rubrics Have Been Updated

 

Once upon a time, the Revision Assistant teams gathered together, made 70 pots of coffee, and got to work crafting the most perfectly standards-aligned Narrative rubrics in the land.  Long story short, we gave our Narrative rubrics a major overhaul.  Among other changes, we updated the rubric traits and language to emphasize the importance of developing characters through dialogue, exposing the plot with well-paced events, and creating the setting with vivid descriptions. By revamping our rubric text and criteria, Revision Assistant is now able to give students more actionable feedback and scores that more closely align with what they’re already learning in class.

 

New Content

All Narrative Signal Check Prompts Added to the Spot Check Library

 

Here’s an exciting plot twist: not only did we update our Narrative rubrics, but we also added all 11 of our Narrative Signal Check prompts to the Spot Check Library! For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Spot Check is a great way for teachers to see a quick snapshot of their students’ writing performance at any point in time.  In Spot Check, students write to one of our existing prompts without the guidance of Signal Check feedback.  Once work on the assignment is collected, teachers can view students’ automatic, numerical scores, which are based on our genre- and grade-specific rubrics.  You can now see the following Narrative prompts (with revamped rubrics!) in the Spot Check Prompt Library:

 

 

We hope you and the new Narrative additions to our libraries live happily ever after!

 

08.04.2017

August 04, 2017

 

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE COMPLETED

Revision Assistant Available Again Following Scheduled Maintenance

 

Revision Assistant is back from the spa and feeling refreshed! The site is now up and running again following scheduled maintenance last night (see Release Notes from 08.02.2017).  Thanks for your patience while we spruced up the system before the start of the new school year.

 

 

New Feature

Assignments from the 2016-2017 School Year Have Been Auto-Archived

 

We decided against giving Revision Assistant a mud bath, but, during our scheduled maintenance, we did implement an auto-archiving feature.   Now, when teachers launch Revision Assistant from their LTI, all assignments from the 2016-2017 school year should have the word “Archived” in the assignment title.  If a teacher clicks on the assignment title, they will see a message that the assignment has been archived and is unavailable.  Don’t worry!  Teachers can still access data and student submissions from their archived assignments by visiting the Class Reports page in Revision Assistant.

 


08.02.2017

August 02, 2017

 

SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE

Revision Assistant Will Be Unavailable from August 3 to August 4

 

Time for a seaweed wrap and a Swedish massage!  We’re giving Revision Assistant a spa treatment for the night.  Due to scheduled maintenance, Revision Assistant will be unavailable from the night of August 3 to the morning of August 4.  See the list below for what time this will occur in your area of the country.  We appreciate your patience while we pamper our product before the start of the new school year.  We’ll let you know when Revision Assistant is back in action.    

 

  • Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) - 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

  • Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) - 5:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

  • Central Daylight Time (CDT) - 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

  • Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) - 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

     


Archive 

 

Gone from view, but not forgotten. Click here to see all of our Integrations Release Notes from previous school years.

 


 

 

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