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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.

 


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.

     


07.31.2017

July 31, 2017

 

New Content

New Prompts Added to the Spot Check Prompt Library

 

We’ve just released ten prompts into our 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 should now be able to see the following content in the Spot Check Prompt library:

 

 

We might be a little biased, but we think these ten Spot Check prompts are a perfect ten.

 

 

Updated Content

Signal Check Prompt Genre Changes

 

In addition to growing our Spot Check Library, we also changed the genres for two of our Signal Check prompts, so the prompts more closely align with the Learning Standards they strengthen.  You can now see the following prompts with updated genres in our Signal Check Prompt Library:

 

 

 

Adding Spot Check prompts and realigning our Signal Check genres are just a few of the many ways the Revision Assistant Team is continuing to make our product the ultimate teaching assistant for writing instruction.  We hope you like these updates as much as we do!

 

 

07.11.2017

July 11, 2017

 

Updated Content

Assignments Created Using Older Versions of Prompts Will Be Auto-Archived

 

Last school year we worked tirelessly to improve our prompts in a wide variety of ways.  Because we never want to disrupt teachers’ ability to see their students’ progress, we let our users continue working on assignments linked to older versions of our prompts if they had been created before we made our updates.  For the new school year though, we’d like to make sure everyone is using our newest, most-improved materials by archiving assignments made from older versions of our prompts in the Signal Check and Spot Check Prompt Libraries. Here are some quick details about this change:

 

  • Today, July 11, any assignments created with older versions of prompts will be auto-archived.

  • Students and teachers will still have access to these auto-archived assignments.

  • Students will not be able to keep writing on the assignments.

  • Teachers will not be able to reopen the assignments.

  • For more info, teachers and administrators can also refer to the email,
    “Ensuring You Get the Latest and Greatest,” from help@revisionassistant.com.

  • For a PDF list of the affected prompts, click here.


We want to reiterate that the prompts themselves will not be closed—just any assignments made using older versions of them.  Teachers and students will still be able to choose their own adventures, debate the artistic merits of graffiti, and be inspired by the courage of Rosa Parks. See the screenshot below for one of the many ways we're helping students do their best work on the best version of our work.

 

 


06.30.2017

June 30, 2017

 

New Content

Nine New Prompts Added to the Signal Check Prompt Library

 

We’re on cloud nine over here at Revision Assistant.  We just released nine new prompts!  You will now be able to see the following new content in our Signal Check Prompt Library:

 

 

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

 

 

 

Updated Feature

Validator Messages on Student Essays Now Provide Specific Tips for Improvement

 

Besides our new prompts, need another valid reason to celebrate?  We’ve updated our validator messages on student essays!  A validator is a message Revision Assistant shows when it can't generate feedback or score an essay because the essay is . . .

 

  • too short

  • copied from the prompt or sources

  • off-topic

 

Though we’ve always alerted students and teachers when an essay couldn’t generate a score or feedback, we knew we could do better.  Now, if a student’s essay falls into one of the categories above, Revision Assistant gives a list of actionable steps specific to the prompt genre that a student can take to ensure their essay will generate scores and/or Signal Check feedback next time. On a Signal Check assignment, these steps are visible to the student and teacher, and on a Spot Check assignment, the steps are visible to the teacher, who can pass them along to the student if they choose. At Revision Assistant, we are passionate about empowering students to build their writing skills.  See the screenshots below for one of the many ways we’re working towards this goal with our updated validator messages.  

 

Old Way:

New Way:

 


06.20.2017

June 20, 2017

 

New Feature
All Previous Drafts of Signal Check Assignments Will Now Auto-collapse in Student and Teacher View

 

Collapse into those beach chairs, and we’ll collapse your essay drafts!  Now, in both the student and teacher view, all previous drafts of Signal Check assignments will auto-collapse below the student’s most recent work.  The collapsed version of each draft will only show the Signal Check scores the student received on that draft rather than their entire essay. Students and teachers will still be able to expand all previous writing though by clicking the arrow next to the draft timestamp.  By implementing this functionality, students will be able to more clearly distinguish their Writing Space from their prior work on an assignment. Teachers will also be able to review students' work more easily without having to continuously scroll the page in order to see their scores.  See the screenshot below for a closer look at our new collapsible drafts feature.

 

 


06.06.2017 

June 06, 2017

 

New Feature

Students Now Able to Download Last Saved Draft from the Writing Space

 

You asked.  We listened.  We’re excited to announce that students are now able to download a PDF of their last saved or auto-saved essay using the new download button located at the bottom of the Writing Space in both of our Revision Assistant modules, (Signal Check and Spot Check)!   As long as the assignment is still open and work has not been collected, students will be able to download their essays, print them out, and hang them up on the achievement bulletin board in the classroom.  Please see the screenshot below for a closer look.  We hope you enjoy this new feature as much as we do!

 

 


O6.02.2017

June 02, 2017

 

Updated Content

Scope and Sequence Page Updated to Include the Two Newest Prompts

 

The end of the school year can be stressful.  Here’s something to help you cope:  we’ve updated our Scope (and Sequence) page to include our two newest Signal Check prompts (see Release Notes for 05.26.2017)!  For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, the Scope and Sequence page helps teachers figure out how to fit our prompts into their lesson plans and units by listing the deeper questions and overarching ideas each prompt explores. This page also helps districts organize vertical articulation across grade bands.  Check out our updated Scope and Sequence page in the Curriculum Resources section, or click on the Scope and Sequence link on the Prompt Library page in Revision Assistant itself.

 


05.26.2017

May 26, 2017

 

New Content

Two New Prompts Added to the Signal Check Library

 

Out with the old school year and in with the new prompts!  We’ve added two new prompts to our Signal Check module in Revision Assistant.  You will now be able to see the following new content in our library:

 

We hope you enjoy this new content as much as we do, and congratulations on the end of your school year. Thanks for letting Revision Assistant be a part of it!

 

 


05.19.2017   

May 19, 2017

 

New Content

New Exemplar Essays Added for A Proclamation About Rosa Parks Prompt


Everything’s coming up roses!  We’ve just added a new set of Exemplar Essays for our prompt A Proclamation About Rosa Parks. Carefully crafted by our Curriculum Team, these sample essays grant teachers further insight into how Revision Assistant is assessing student work.  The Emerging (1), Developing (2), Proficient (3), and Advanced (4) Exemplar Essays for A Proclamation About Rosa Parks can now be found in the Curriculum Resources section.   

 

 


05.11.2017   

May 11, 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 three 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 the Research Simulation & Literary Task Analysis Rubrics from the Partnerships for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  Run; don’t walk to check out the following new documents in the Crosswalks section of our Curriculum Resources page:

 


04.27.2017

April 27, 2017

 

New Feature

Lexile Text Measures for Prompt Sources Now Available in Signal Check and Spotlight Modules

 

It’s our pleasure to bring you Lexile® measures!  

 

Teachers can now see Lexile text measures for prompt sources on the prompt pages and assignment pages in the Signal Check and Spotlight modules.   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 skill levels 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 more information on Lexile Measures see our Curriculum Resources page.  Please see the screenshots below for where teachers can view Lexile Measures in Revision Assistant itself.

 

 

 


04.18.2017   

April 18, 2017

 

Updated Feature

The Spotlight Module Now Available to all Revision Assistant Users

 

We’re pleased to announce that Spotlight is now available to all Revision Assistant users.  Because students write without the help of Signal Checks, an assignment in Spotlight (called a Spot Check assignment) is a great way for teachers to track student progress throughout the year and determine which skills students have mastered and which ones need a little practice.  Please see our help pages for more info on what Spotlight is and how to use it.

 

 


03.31.2017   

March 31, 2017

 

New Feature

District Administrators Now Able to Create Multiple New Student Accounts

 

Scoop that protein powder and grab your free weights; it’s time to bulk up(load) with Revision Assistant.  We are thrilled to announce that District Administrators can now create accounts for multiple new student users at once with our Create Multiple Accounts feature! It’s as easy as filling out the spreadsheet we’ve provided and uploading it into Revision Assistant.  Then, one of our Customer Success Consultants (CSCs) will handle the rest of the new account creation process from there.  CSCs) will handle the rest of the new account creation process from there.  

Please see our Revision Assistant for Administrators help section for more information on how to create multiple accounts.

 


03.30.2017   

March 30, 2017


New Content

New Exemplar Essays Added to the Curriculum Resources Page

 

We have some exemplary news!  In addition to updating all of our existing Exemplars Essays, we’ve added four new sets of Exemplars 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:   

 

 

 

Updated Content

Scope and Sequence Page Updated to Include the Three Newest Prompts

 

We’ve also updated our Scope and Sequence page to include our three newest prompts (see Release Notes for 03.17.2017).  For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, the Scope and Sequence page helps teachers figure out how to fit our prompts into their lesson plans and units by listing the deeper questions and overarching ideas each prompt provokes. This page also helps districts organize vertical articulation across grade bands.  You can visit our Scope and Sequence page in the Curriculum Resources section, or click on the Scope and Sequence link on the Prompt Library page in Revision Assistant itself.
 


03.17.2017   

March 17, 2017

 

New Content

Three New Prompts Added to the Revision Assistant Prompt Library

 

The luck of the Irish is on your side today!  We’ve just released three new prompts! You should now be able to see the following new content in the Revision Assistant Prompt library:

 


We hope you enjoy our new prompts as much as we do.

 


03.10.2017   

March 10, 2017

 

FIXED

Name Toggle to Scroll Through Student Essays Now Functioning Properly (See Release Notes from 03.07.2017)   

 

The name toggle has returned from vacation!  Though it wasn’t showing up for work for a few days, the name toggle at the top of the Student Work page is now back and functioning properly.  This feature allows teachers to seamlessly scroll from one student’s work to the next without leaving the page.  See the screenshot below.  We apologize again for any inconvenience caused by the name toggle’s unscheduled personal day.

 

 

 


03.09.2017   

March 09, 2017

 

New Content

Additional Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Crosswalks Added to the Curriculum Resources Page

 

We’ve added more 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 the Performance Task Writing Rubrics from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).  

 

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

 

 

 


03.07.2017   

March 07, 2017

 

Known Issue

Name Toggle to Scroll Through Student Essays Not Appearing on Student Work Page

 

Welp, that’s annoying.  This afternoon our team noticed that the name toggle was not showing up at the top of the Student Work page in Revision Assistant.  The name toggle normally allows teachers to seamlessly scroll from one student’s work to the next.  However, while this feature seems to be on vacation at the moment, teachers can still view submitted essays and prewriting by clicking on each student’s name listed on the Student Progress page.  Please see the screenshots below.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and we will let you know as soon as the issue is fixed.      

 

Hopefully the next time the name toggle decides to skip town, it will gives us a little more notice first.

 

 

 

 

 


03.01.2017   

March 01, 2017

 

FIXED

Revision Assistant Now Loading Properly after Amazon Web Services Outage  (See Release Notes from 02.28.2017)

 

And we’re back!  Yesterday, an outage at Amazon Web Services (AWS) was preventing Revision Assistant users from logging in to our site.  AWS appears to be working properly now and users can access Revision Assistant again.  We apologize for the inconvenience.


The next time it happens, AWS, you’re grounded.

 


02.28.2017   

February 28, 2017

 

Known Issue

Problem with Amazon Web Services Preventing Revision Assistant from Loading

 

Well, shoot.  A few minutes ago, our team discovered that a problem with Amazon Web Services (AWS S3) is preventing our users from being able to log in to Revision Assistant.  We use AWS S3 as a bulk repository for a variety of the documents and files that keep Revision Assistant running smoothly.  We did figure out, however, that users who were already logged in when AWS S3 threw its tantrum would still be able to perform most tasks in Revision Assistant except for viewing our Rubrics and Assignment PDFs.  Unfortunately, we do not have a quick fix for this sudden Amazon hissy fit and many other websites that use this service are also experiencing the same problems.  When we figure out a solution you will be the first to know.  

 

Until then, Amazon Web Services is in time out.

 


02.10.2017   

February 10, 2017

 

New Content

New Prompts Added to the Spotlight Library

 

We’ve just released four prompts to our Spotlight Library!

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Spotlight is a great way for teachers to see a quick snapshot of their students’ writing performance at any point in time.  In Spotlight, students write to a prompt without the guidance of Signal Check feedback.  Once work on the assignment is collected, teachers can view each student’s numerical score according to the rubric.  

 

You should now be able to see the following content in the Spotlight Prompt library:

 

 

Spotlight is a free additional Revision Assistant feature that schools can request.  Please be sure to contact your Revision Assistant sales representative or your Customer Success Consultant (CSC) if you would like to step into the spotlight and use Spotlight at your school!

 


02.03.2017   

February 3, 2017

 

Updated Feature

“Final Draft” Will Now Only Be Labeled “Turned In”

 

The start of a new year is the perfect time to clean out the clutter.  On the teacher side of Revision Assistant, what we previously labeled as the “Final Draft” in the Student Work feature was a duplicate of the last draft a student had turned in.  In an effort to declutter and streamline our product, we decided to cut the potentially confusing duplication of “Final Draft,” and instead we’ve labeled the last submitted work simply as “Turned In.”  Teachers will still be able to easily decipher which draft is the student’s latest and greatest though, because our Student Work feature lists the most recent drafts first and includes a timestamp for each.  Just as a reminder: student work is labeled as a “Draft” every time they request a Signal Check.  When a student submits a draft, the work is labeled as “Turned In.”  Students can request as many Signal Checks and submit as many drafts as they want until their teacher closes the assignment.

 

 

Now, on to cleaning out the Revision Assistant fridge. . . .

 


02.02.2017   

February 2, 2017

 

Updated Content

Updated Prompt for “Big Data”

 

We’ve made some small changes to “Big Data!”   While the genre, grade band, and sources themselves are the same, we’ve updated the “Big Data” prompt directions to provide more context about the sources.  One of our goals at Revision Assistant is to make sure we give students the best chance to score their best on our prompts.  With that goal in mind, we’re hoping these tweaks will allow students to fully address the demands of the prompt without having to rely on prior knowledge.  

 

The updated prompt for “Big Data” is now available in our Revision Assistant Prompt Library.

 


01.30.2017   

January 30, 2017

 

FIXED

Page Links Now Appearing on Revision Assistant Guides’ Navigation Page (See Release Notes from 01.27.2017)

And we’re back!  Links to all Turnitin help guides, including for Revision Assistant, are now available and functioning on their respective guide navigation pages. Thanks for your patience while we solved this mystery.

 


01.27.2017

January 27, 2017

 

Known Issue
Links Not Appearing on Revision Assistant Guides’ Navigation Page

 

Well, shoot.  This morning we discovered that the links to help documents for all of Turnitin, including Revision Assistant, were not showing up on the guides’ navigation pages. Though they are not appearing on the main page itself,  links to all Revision Assistant documentation can still be accessed by clicking the Guides dropdown menu in the header of https://guides.turnitin.com/Revision_Assistant.  Anyone perusing our help documentation there, and anyone using the question mark help button in Revision Assistant (which directs users to our guides’ navigation page), should be able to find any help documentation they need using this Guides dropdown menu.
 


Though they seem to be hiding on the navigation page, we did confirm, however, that links in Revision Assistant for the prompt Learning Standards, Scope and Sequence, Exemplar Essays, and Exemplar Activities that direct users to our guide pages are still functioning properly.  

 

We apologize for the inconvenience.  You will be the first to know when we find the missing navigation links.

 


01.25.2017   

January 25, 2017

 

New Content

Unit and Lesson Planning Materials Moved to New Curriculum Resources Page

 

We’re making moves!  To make it easier for our teachers and administrators to find and implement our curriculum planning materials, we’ve moved them from our Revision Assistant Lesson Plans page and various guides page, and consolidated them on our new Revision Assistant Curriculum Resources page.   The following materials can now be found on our new page:

 

 

Because of this page change, the links to Scope and Sequence, Exemplar Essays, and Exemplar Activities found at the top of the Prompt Library in Revision Assistant will now be routed to the Revision Assistant Curriculum Resources page as well.   

 

 

Rubric Crosswalks Page Added

 

We couldn’t just give you a new page with no new content!  We are excited to announce that we’ve added Crosswalks to our growing cache of planning materials, and a link to the Crosswalks section is now available on our new Revision Assistant 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 Performance Task Writing Rubrics from Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).


We hope you (cross)walk over to check out our new Revision Assistant Curriculum Resources page!

 


01.23.2017   

January 23, 2017

 

New Feature
Class Report Added

 

We are excited to announce that we’ve added a new report!  In addition to our Assignment Report, Revision Assistant can now generate an Excel spreadsheet called the “Class Report” that allows teachers to see students’ rubric-trait scores, students’ overall scores, and class averages on assignments completed by that class for a particular prompt genre.  To see the list of downloadable Class Reports organized by genre, teachers can click the View Class Reports button on the Student Progress page in Revision Assistant.  For more information on how to download the Class Report and for how to interpret the data on the report, see our View the Class Report guides page. 

 

Happy reporting!

 


01.18.2017   

January 18, 2017

 

Updated Content

Name of the Score Report Changed to the “Assignment Report”

 

New year!  New report name!  Though the functionality will remain the same, we’ve changed the name of the Score Report to the “Assignment Report” to more accurately reflect the report’s content.   For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, this report is an Excel spreadsheet teachers can download from the Student Progress page in Revision Assistant that allows them to see students’ rubric-trait-level scores, and the class’ median and average scores on an assignment.  If you would like to know more about the Assignment Report please visit the Download the Assignment Report guides page.     


 

New Content

Frequently Asked Questions Page Added

 

Ask and you shall receive.  We’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions page to help answer the Revision Assistant sales and technological questions we’re asked the most often.  A link to the Frequently Asked Questions page is available on the main Revision Assistant guides page and includes everything from how to purchase Revision Assistant to troubleshooting browser problems.


We hope you enjoy our new and updated content as much as we do!

 


01.12.2017   

January 12, 2017

 

Known Issue

 

Yesterday in Spotlight, our team discovered that messages from teachers to students were disappearing as soon as the teacher navigated away from the message page.  Then, the messages were not appearing on the student side at all.  We did find, however, that if the teacher immediately sent another message it did show up for the student and stayed visible to the teacher as a sent message.  We know that sending a message twice is not ideal, but it will allow teacher messages to reach students in Spotlight until we can find a permanent solution.  

 

We apologize for any inconvenience.  Our team is hard at work to fix the issue and you will be the first to know when we do.  These disappearing messages won’t stay hidden from the Revision Assistant Super Sleuths for long.    

 


01.06.2017

January 06, 2017

 

Updated Content

 

Last year was a busy one for Revision Assistant! As we grew this past year from our pilot stage to being used by over 200,000 students, we were also working tirelessly to make our product the best it could be.  Based on our extensive research, the expertise of our in-house team of seasoned educators, and the invaluable feedback we got from teachers, administrators, and students, we’ve made some changes to our rubrics and prompt genres to better suit curriculum needs.  

 

The following rubric changes and genre switches will go into effect today, January 6, 2017:

 

  • We've revised rubrics for Informative and Argumentative prompts
  • We've changed the prompts below from Argumentative and Informative to Analysis:
    • Sometimes, the Earth is Cruel
    • Big Data
    • Martin
    • Horned Toad
    • Last Child

 

Instead of going to the gym, one of our New Year’s resolutions here at Revision Assistant is to make this transition as seamless as possible.  With that goal in mind, we created the Winter Rubric Update 2017 page to answer any questions you have about the changes we’re making and how they will affect you.

 

Thanks for joining our mission to help students across the country enhance the invaluable skill of writing.  We’re looking forward to another year of working together!

 


12.29.2016   

December 29, 2016

 

New Content

 

New year (almost).  New prompts.  We’ve just released 6 prompts to our Spotlight Prompt Library!  

 

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, Spotlight is a great way for teachers to see a quick snapshot of their students’ writing performance at any point in time.  In Spotlight, students write to a prompt without the guidance of Signal Check feedback.  Once work on the assignment is collected, teachers can view each student’s numerical score according to the rubric. Spotlight is a free additional Revision Assistant feature that schools can request.    

 

You should now be able to see the following content in the Spotlight Prompt library:

 

 

We hope you enjoy these additions to the Spotlight Prompt Library as much as we do!

 


12.20.2016 

December 20, 2016

 

FIXED

 

Work Statuses Functioning Properly for Spot Check Assignments (See Release Notes 12.19.2016)

 

Yesterday, we noticed that the work statuses on the assignment tiles (e.g. “In Progress,” “Work Collected,” etc.) were not updating as teachers assigned and students turned in Spot Check Assignments.  Our team went to work immediately and we’re happy to say the work statuses for both teachers and students are now functioning properly.

 


 
Happy Holidays!
- The Revision Assistant Elves
 


12.19.2016

December 19, 2016

 

FIXED

 

The issue has been fixed, but our autosave function was not working from early Sunday morning to Monday afternoon at about 3:30 PM EST. Students who requested Signal Checks during that time had their work saved, but students who did not request Signal Checks lost their work. Our initial investigations show that this issue occurred when the autosave service did not adapt correctly during an automated database upgrade early Sunday morning.

 

We take data loss like this very seriously and recognize that it has a big impact on students.  We are working furiously to make sure an automated upgrade to our system won’t impact our users in the future.  If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact us by submitting a support ticket.


 

Known Issue
 

Our team noticed that work statuses on the assignment tiles (e.g. “In Progress,” “Work Collected,” etc.) are not updating as teachers assign and students turn in Spot Check Assignments.  We did confirm though that Spot Check Assignments are functioning normally for both teachers and students even though the work statuses are not updating.

 


We apologize for any inconvenience caused by either of these issues.   Our team is already hard at work making sure the situations are resolved and won't happen again.

 


12.14.2016

December 14, 2016

 

New Content

 

Wake up, sleepyheads!  The following new prompt is now available in our Prompt Library:

 

 


Updated Content

 

Along with releasing our new prompt, we’ve also updated our Scope and Sequence page.  For those of you who haven’t discovered it yet, the Scope and Sequence page helps teachers figure out how to fit our prompts into their lesson plans and units by listing the deeper questions and overarching ideas each prompt provokes. This page also helps districts organize vertical articulation across grade bands.  This latest version of the Scope and Sequence page includes new prompts we’ve added to our library this year, revised Essential Questions, and we’ve added the school subjects each prompt is related to.  

You can visit our Scope and Sequence page in the Lesson Plans section of this site, or click on the Scope and Sequence link on the Prompt Library page in Revision Assistant itself.

 

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We hope you enjoy our new and updated content as much as we do!

 


12.12.2016

December 12, 2016

 

Feature Update

 

We’ve upgraded our filter feature in the Revision Assistant Prompt Library!  Currently, teachers can use filters in the Prompt Library to see prompts by skill level, genre, whether the prompt has sources, and to see their favorites (prompts the teacher has starred).  However, our team noticed that these filter selections were resetting for teachers if they used the back button.  Fear not. With some programming magic, now all skill level, genre, starred, and source-based filter selections will stay put even after teachers use the back button.
 

Happy filtering!  

 


12.06.2016

December 6, 2016


What We’ve Been Working On


More feedback — less mouse clicking!  Signal Checks now display holistic feedback for each specific rubric dimension without having to click the “How can I improve?” link.

 

New Way:

 

Old Way : 

 

Hopefully these changes shave a few precious seconds off drafting times!

 


12.01.2016

December 1, 2016

 

FIXED


Current Draft Signal Checks and Comments Now Remain after Refreshing Page (See Release Notes 11.09.2016)


The Case of the Missing Signal Checks and Comments has been solved!  Recently, our team discovered that Signal Checks and comments were disappearing from the current draft of an assignment if a student refreshed the page or hit the back button.  Now, as long as a student does not edit their writing after receiving a Signal Check, they can refresh their page, hit the back button, or even log out of their session and still see the Signal Checks and comments for the draft they are currently working on when they return to the page.


What We’ve Been Working On


We know the solution above will help, but we’re working on an even better one that will allow students to edit their current draft and still retain their Signal Checks and comments even after they refresh the page, hit the back button etc.  We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve cracked this case.


Regards, 
The Revision Assistant Super Sleuths

 


11.28.2016  

November 28, 2016

 

New Content

What are we thankful for at Revision Assistant?  Our 6 new prompts!  You should now be able to see the following new content in the prompt library:

 

 

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!

 


11.15.2016

November 15, 2016

 

New Features

 

Links to Supplementary Pages on Revision Assistant 


No need to keep multiple tabs open to find our supplementary writing activities and example documents anymore.  Now, we have links available to the Scope and Sequence, Exemplar Essays, and Exemplar Activities pages on the Prompt Library page in Revision Assistant!  See the screenshot below for exactly where to find these new links on the page. 

 

 

 


Additional Student Progress Info Listed on Score Reports


Using our Download Score Reports feature, teachers can now see more data on the progress their students are making with a prompt assignment.  Now, when teachers open the "Scores" tab on the report spreadsheet, all students who have opened the assignment will be listed, and not just students who have turned in their work.  We have also added new notations to this tab in the "Overall" column, such as "not turned in" or "needs review," to alert teachers to which students did not turn in their assignment at all, and which ones may have turned it in, but veered off-topic causing their work to not generate Signal Checks.

 

Teachers can also select the "Overview" tab at the bottom of the Score Report to see the class median and average scores for each type of Signal Check.  We have also updated this tab to include the Class Name, the Assignment Name, and number of students who turned in work.  See the screenshots below for a closer look at these new Score Report features.

 

 

 


11.14.2016 

November 14, 2016

 

New Content

We've released 8 new prompts! You should be able to see the following new content in the prompt library:

 

 

We hope you love our new prompts as much as we do!

 


11.09.2016

November 9, 2016

 

Known Issue

Current Draft Signal Checks and Comments Disappearing after Refreshing Page

 

Our team recently discovered that Signal Checks and comments are disappearing from the current draft of an assignment if a student refreshes the page or hits the back button.  Signal Checks and comments for previous drafts do remain intact after refreshing the page or using the back button though, and students are able to receive a new set of Signal Checks and comments on their current draft by hitting the Signal Checks button. 

 

We are working on a permanent fix and will have it as soon as possible, but in the meantime please spread the word to steer clear of refreshing the page or hitting the back button while working on a draft.  

 

Thanks for your patience while we sort this out!

 


11.07.2016

November 7, 2016

 

FIXED

Users Unable to Log into Revision Assistant

 

We experienced a ten-minute hiccup this morning where our users were unable to log into Revision Assistant, and they were receiving the error message below.   The issue has been resolved and users should now be able to log into Revision Assistant with no problems.  Thanks for your patience!

 

 

 


10.31.2016

October 31, 2016

 

New Content

We've released 5 new prompts! You should be able to see the following new prompts in the prompt library:

 

 

New Genre

Among the new prompts added to the library today are the first prompts released in our Analysis genre. The Analysis genre addresses the need for text-based rhetorical and literary analysis writing. The genre fosters students' ability to develop a claim that appropriately analyzes the text(s) and requires that they use evidence from the text(s) to support their claim — both of which are key skills students need to be college- and career-ready.  We offer teachers and students guidance in this genre with specific rubrics, pre-writing, and feedback that are targeted toward the genre's critical elements and craft. In the Analysis feedback, students will be encouraged to think beyond the literal and to write about how and why authors make specific choices in developing their writing.

 

We hope our Frankenstein and Tell-Tale Heart prompts fit nicely into your Halloween agenda!

 


 

10.21.2016

October 21st, 2016

 

FIXED

Delayed or non-existent Signal Checks - All Signal Checks are processing. 

(see Release Note 10.19.2016)

 

What We've Been Working On

Once again the Research and Engineering teams have put their brains together (figuratively, of course) and made all of our lives a little better. 

 

System monitoring and update practices have been further optimized to detect and respond to future prompt and Signal Check processing situations. 


10.19.2016

October 19th, 2016

 

Known Issue

Delayed or non-existent Signal Checks

 

Prompts London Eyes Open and Question Everything may experience delayed Signal Checks.

We are monitoring the situation and are hoping to have a fix in before the end of the week.

 


10.17.2016 

 

October 17th, 2016

 

FIXED

 

Submission Navigation Sub-header

The navigation sub-header has been restored to the Student Work Page.Instructors can once again navigate student submissions by clicking the arrows to the right and left of students' names. 

 

For more information on reviewing student submissions, click here

 

 


10.13.2016

October 13th, 2016

 

What We’ve Been Working On

 

Big Picture

Revision Assistant just finished some more back to school preparations. Now, Revision Assistant better recognizes elements of student essays, and better applies the off-topic notifications.

 

Off-topic Notifications
Repeated prewriting content in the writing space is no longer analyzed for signal checks. Instead, only the topmost, most recent draft is considered for feedback. Multiple copies of the same essay within a draft space should still return off-topic notifications. If questionable off-topic notifications are received, try removing any duplicated essay content from the current draft and request another Signal Check.


Feedback and Scoring
Updated scoring models better differentiate essays falling somewhere in between rubric scores. Similarly,the update also allows Revision Assistant to more accurately locate the parts of an essay that make it strong or weak for comment application.


Particularly long sentences will be less likely to get labeled as 'strong' for a rubric trait, unless they are legitimately strong sentences.

Specific changes to how quoted text and dialogue within narrative prompts is selected will increase narrative prompt comment accuracy.

 

 


09.21.2016

September 21st 2016

 

Feature Update

Downloadable Score Report

 

The Download Score Report feature is neither gone nor forgotten. It is, however, no longer displayed in the side-navigation menu.

 

Downloading the Score Report is now only located on the Student Progress page.

To download the Score Report for an assignment, navigate to the Student Progress page and click the download link found above the progress bar.

 

To learn more about downloading the score report, click here.


06.10.2016 Edit section

June 10th 2016

 

What We've Been Working On 

The wait is over.


The Scope and Sequence breakdown of our Prompt library can be viewed on our help center page  or downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet. 


06.02.2016

June 2nd 2016

 

New Feature

Downloadable Student Work

 

Instructors, student work is now downloadable!

 

Within an assignment, from the Student Progress page, click on the “Download Current Draft” button to download students’ work in PDF form. Instructors will be able to download and print individual essays as well as in bulk.

 

 

Downloaded work will consist of the current draft at the time of the most recent Signal Check. The download will also include a cover sheet detailing the class, assignment name, and a list of students whose essays have been downloaded. The downloaded essays will not include Signal Checks or comments.


05.31.2016

May 31st 2016

FIXED

Password Reset


The password reset feature now successfully redirects you to your homepage.

Previously, the password reset feature would not redirect the user, giving the impression that the password was not actually reset. This has been fixed.


To ensure users enter the correct email address when resetting their password, the following notification displays: "Please check your email address and try again."


What We’ve Been Working On
Date Format

 

 

 


Formatting for dates seen on student and teacher assignment tiles as well as assignment creation and editing pages have been updated to reflect U.S. date format. MM/DD/YYYY.


05.26.2016

May 26th 2016

 

FIXED

AP prompts and other assignments are no longer experiencing Signal Check delays. 

 


05.24.2016

May 24th 2016

 

New Feature

Printable Assignments

Teachers can now download assignments for printing directly from the assignment page. Click ‘Assignment PDF’ for the assignment to export and open in a new tab.

 

 

 

Known Issue

 

Signal Check Delays

Certain complex prompts involving multiple sources, particularly AP assignments, are currently experiencing longer wait times for Signal Checks. Students may wait up to 10-20 seconds without receiving a Signal Check.

 

The most effected prompts are: 

Last Child

Local and Global Powers

Mediterranean Transformations

Memorialize    

Owning the Self

The Role of the State

 

If this occurs, they will receive a message asking them to ‘Try again’ and refresh their browser. This should circumvent the issue in the short-term. We are working to improve the speed of these Signal Checks and will have another update soon.

 

 

What We’ve Been Working On

 

Narrative Prompts

New comments provide specific feedback on the application and use of dialogue in narrative prompts.

 

Essay Length Validator

Essay length requirements for a Signal Check have been increased from 3 sentences to 5. Any essay submitted for a Signal Check that has fewer than 5 sentences will now receive the "Keep Writing!" validator instead of a Signal Check. Subsequently, the update should provide more accurate feedback as well as decrease the writer’s chances on receiving a potentially invalid “Off Topic” message.

 

The improved “Keep Writing!” validator now recognizes shorter sentences and sentence-splitting. Sentence-splitting is when sentence punctuation is abnormal or the sentence ends unusually; with an abbreviation for example. This update provides Revision Assistant with the ability to comment on shorter potentially incomplete sentences.


 

05.17.2016

May 17th 2016

 

Feature Update

Grade Level Filtering 

To serve a wider variety of educational opportunities, the “College” label has been changed to “Higher Education” in the  prompt library filter. 

 

The ‘College’ to ‘Higher Education’ label change is also reflected in the Skill Level section from the assignment view page.

 


05.12.2016 

May 12th 2016

FIXED

Teacher-student messaging on IE 11 (Internet Explorer version 11) has been fixed. 

Teachers no longer receive an error message when trying to send messages in-system. 


05.06.2016

May 6th 2016

 

What We've Been Working On

 

Upgraded Comments

After research and requests from some of our teachers,  we've decided to upgrade some of the comments writers receive from Revision Assistant.

 

Language Comments

Comments aligned to the Language dimensions of rubrics are more targeted to student needs and more effective at helping students improve. Rather than focusing on repetitive structure, comments now help students think about how their writing style affects their readers. These comments will be much more useful for emerging writers, and will encourage proficient writers to hone their personal writing style.

 

Tailored prompt comments

More comments make direct references to prompt information.

For example, a comment could ask "How does this add to your point about what Haslam has learned from his grandma?" instead of "How does this add to your overall point?".

 

FIXED

 

Composition Space Clean Up
Pasting into the composition space no longer generates additional blank space (padding) above the essay text.


 

03.25.2016

March 25th 2016

 

New Features

 

Prompt Library Updates
Grade level filtering

Exploring prompts just got easier. We've added AP and college filter categories as well as the filtering of source-based prompts.

 

 

 

 

Prompt Tile Updates
Prompt tiles in the prompt library now display AP tags, and if the prompt incorporates sources.

 

 

 

What We've Been Working On

Changes to the Assignment View page

Assignment information found to the right of the prompt text now shows "Skill Level" with suggested grade ranges including AP and college level, and a "Genre" section to replace. "Tags".

 

 

 


03.23.2016 

March 23rd  2016

Update 03.18.2016 / 03.21.2016

 

Fix

Prewriting tool: All prewriting buttons function correctly on Firefox. 


03.21.2016 

March 21st  2016

Update 03.18.2016 

Available Workaround
Known Issue

Prewriting tool: unavailable on Firefox

Clicking the "Start Prewriting" button in Firefox results in a crash. 

 

Workaround

Prewriting in Firefox is available by clicking the "Start Prewriting" button located directly above the writing space. 

 

 

 

All other Prewriting buttons on Firefox still causes crashes. 


03.21.2016 

March 21st  2016

 

Update 03.18.2016

Clicking on the Prewriting tool button causes crashes on Firefox. No workaround. 
Known Issue

Prewriting tool: unavailable on Firefox

Clicking the "Start Prewriting" button in Firefox results in a crash. 

Workaround

Update to latest version of Firefox. (Click here for directions how to update Firefox.)


03.18.2016 

March 18th  2016

 

Fixed
Internet Explorer draft navigation issues have been fixed.

Scrolling through multiple drafts no longer crashes Revision Assistant.


Known Issue

Prewriting tool: unavailable on Firefox

Clicking the "Start Prewriting" button in Firefox results in a crash. 

Workaround

Update to latest version of Firefox. (Click here for directions how to update Firefox.)

 


03.11.2016 

March 11th  2016

 

What We've Been Working On
Prior to requesting a Signal Check, Students' prewriting text no longer overwrites existing text in the writing space. Prewriting sent to the writing space now appears above any existing text. 


New Content
We pushed a new AP prompt! You should be able to see the  new prompt in the 

Prompt Library:
AP English Language and Composition— Memorialize 

 


03.10.2016

March 10th  2016

 

 

Revision Assistant is now LTI 1.1compliant.

 

For more details click here


03.04.2016

March 4th  2016

 

First things first, you can now access these release notes directly from Revision Assistant. 

Click on the "Updates" link in the footer of any page in Revision Assistant and you'll be taken right here. 

 

 

What We've Been Working On

 

  • Authentication
    •  Closing Revision Assistant's window or tab in your internet browser now logs you out of Revision Assistant.

 


03.01.2016

March 1st  2016

FIXED - 02.29.2016

 

All "Submit a Ticket" buttons now work correctly. 

 

 

 

 


02.29.2016

Feb 29th 2016

Current Issue

The submit a ticket function for the Revision Assistant Help Center is currently navigating to the incorrect page. If you are experiencing an issue with Revision Assistant and would like to submit a ticket, please click below: 

 

SUBMIT A TICKET


02.19.2016

Feb 19th 2016

New Content

  • We pushed 2 new AP prompts! You should be able to see the following new prompts in the prompt library: 
    • 2 AP Prompts: AP Language and Composition— Last Child and AP World History— Local and Global Powers

 

What We've Been Working On

  • Prompt titles are now visible on teacher assignment pages. 

 

Then

Now

 

  • Date selection issues are now required to be positive integers and the date format has been amended to dd/mm/yyyy. 
  • Same-day deadlines available for assignment creation. 

02.12.2016

Feb 12th 2016 

New Feature

  • Genre-specific prewriting: Each prompt type (Argumentative,Informative, and Narrative) now has a genre-specific prewriting section highlighting the differences between genre requirements.

 

Argumentative prewriting

 

Informative Prewriting

 

Narrative Prewriting

 

What We’ve Been Working On

  • Signal Check spamming: students can no longer click the Signal Check button multiple times while simultaneously requesting a Signal Check. This will prevent students from over-populating draft lists. 
  • Previous draft copy/paste: text from previous drafts were able to be copied/pasted into other existing drafts on both the student and teacher accounts - this is no longer possible. 

 

 

 

02.05.2016 

Feb 5th 2016

New Content

  • We pushed 5 new prompts! You should be able to see the following new prompts in the prompt library: 
    • 3 AP Prompts: AP English—Owning the Self, AP History—Mediterranean Transformations, AP History—Role of the State
    • 2 Single Dimension Rubric prompts: Martin, The Horned Toad 

 

What We’ve Been Working On

  • In the Teacher's navigation, what was once labeled "Student Roster" is now labeled "Student Progress."  

 

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