UTIPS Core

 

UTIPS Core Documentation

Thanks for your time, patience and energy today for our UTIPS Core training! It’s a new system that is and will be a great tool for formative assessment for you – in both the current core and for the new Common Core.

First a few quick resources. Take a look at my Quick(ish) Start Guide on YouTubeHere’s the note sheet that we’ve used during the training today. You’ll find your district UTIPS core access addresses below. Also, you can find the most up-to-date information on how to use UTIPS Core here.

Now, a little background philosophy about the new UTIPS Core system. This system has been rewritten from the ground up to be a great assessment system for ALL stakeholders in Utah. As such, ALL users have a login into the system and a unique way to identify that user. This makes the data and information created by the tests that are taken can be used (eventually) in other data system, such as SIS. Not long from now, you’ll probably be able to give a UTIPS Core test and have those results show up in your gradebook!
UTIPS Core has been written using the latest web technologies. Because of this, it works very well on mobile devices like the iPad. It also requires a modern web browser, like Google Chrome or Firefox 4.0 or later. Follow those links to download and install an updated browser if needed.
I’ve attached the most current User Manual for your reference – you can find it at the bottom of this article. As we go through the training, I’ll direct you to the page of the manual that goes along with the task at hand. Please know that over time, this resource will be improved upon and I’ll make sure that I have the most current version available to you here on my site – Just click on the ‘UTIPS Core’ tag on the left to find the newest stuff!
Here’s what we’ll be covering today:
  • Creating a Teacher Account (Page 4 of Manual)
    • Head your district login page:
    • I will provide you with an Enrollment Code that will identify you as a teacher of your school/department: Click ‘Continue’
    • Enter in your first and last name, and your school email address, and click ‘Continue’
    • Enter in the username you’d like to use (the same as your email address is fine), and your password twice, and click ‘Continue’ again.
    • You are now an official UTIPS Core user!
  • Add an Enrollment Code to your account   (Page 6 of Manual)
    • I’ve set up grade levels in your school, and created an enrollment code for each of these grade levels. You’ll need to add this code to your account to place you as a teacher in that grade level. Here’s how:
    • Click on the ‘Settings’ option on the left
    • On the bottom of the ‘Settings’ pane, you’ll see a button to ‘Add an enrollment code’ – click it!
    • I’ll provide you with an enrollment code for your school, department or grade level. Enter it in the provided field, and click the ‘Apply enrollment code’ button
  • NOTE: Students will use this same process to add enrollment codes to become students in your classes.
  • Create Your Class(es) (Page 4 of Manual)
    • In order for your students to be enrolled in your classes, you need to create a class first!
    • Once you are logged in, click on ‘Organizations’ on the left.
    • You should see your school listed in the ‘Edit Organizations’ pane (with possibly more teachers and classes listed beneath it). Click on your school name above.
    • Click the ‘+New’ button that will light up above, and select ‘Teacher’s Class’.
    • Add a name for your class in the pane that appears to the right. You can leave the other fields blank for now.
    • Click the ‘Save’ button above to the left.
    • If you have multiple classes (middle or high school), repeat the process for your classes.
  • What Enrollment Codes are, and how to create them (Page 5-6 of Manual)
  • About Student Accounts (Page 19 of Manual)
    • Since UTIPS Core is a state-wide system, your students will need to have a username that is unique in the state. The way that this will be accomplished is by using your district/LEA ID number and your students school ID or lunch number.
      • For example, Dixie Middle is in Washington School District, with an ID number of 32. If a student has an ID/Lunch number of 123456, then their username will be 32123456

     

  • How students add their own accounts (Page 23 of Manual)
  • Be sure to follow the username creation convention described above with using the District/LEA ID number followed by the student’s ID/Lunch number.
  • Here are the District/LEA ID#’s:
  • Millard: 17
  • Beaver: 02
  • Iron: 13
  • Washington: 32
  • Garfield: 10
  • Kane: 16
  • Vista Charter School: 2G
  • Tuachan High School for the Performing Arts: 90
  • Gateway Preparatory Academy: 7E
  • SUCCESS Academy: A9
  • George Washington Academy: 5D
  • Build assessments from the USOE Item Pool (Page 8 of Manual)
  • How to Assign Students to a Test (Page 11 of Manual)
  • How to Share Assessments with Other Educators (Page 18 of Manual)
  • How student participants take a test (Page 27 of Manual)
  • How to Build Assessments with Your Own Items (Page 12 of Manual, optional for today)
  • Aligning Your Own Items to a Core Area (Page 15 of Manual, optional for today)
  • Adding new Items to an Existing Test (Page 17 of Manual)
  • Click on ‘My Tests’ on the left, then click on the test that you’d like to update
  • Click on the ‘Items’ tab, and your test should appear on the right
  • To add a specific item on a topic:  Click on the ‘Items’ button on the top of the test on the right. A new items search pane will appear on the right
  • Search for a specific topic or word that deals with the question you’d like to add
  • You will see all of the question stems that pertain to your search. Click on the question to see the answers that go with the question beneath.
  • To add a question that you find, just click on the question and drag it into your test on the left.
  • To change the order of the questions, just hover your mouse over the question number. You’ll see a little trash can (to delete the question) oran up/down arrow icon. Click that icon and drag the question up/down the test until you reach the place you’d like that question to be, and let go of the mouse button.
  • To close the ‘Items’ search pane, just click on the ‘Items’ button on the top right again.
  • To add a question from a specific core standard, objective, or indicator:
  • Click on the ‘Standards’ button on the top of the test to the right. A new pane will appear on the right.
  • Choose the subject, grade level and core document that you’d like to add questions for. The standards within that core will appear beneath.
  • Using the arrows on the left of the displayed options, open up the standard and objective that y9u are looking for. If you are not sure, they are listed beneath.
  • After each objective or indicator, there will be a link with the number of items each contains. Click on that link to view all of the questions within.
  • UTIPS Core will then do a search for the items you have selected.
  • To add a question that you find, just click on the question and drag it into your test on the left.
  • To change the order of the questions, just hover your mouse over the question number. You’ll see a little trash can (to delete the question) or an up/down arrow icon. Click that icon and drag the question up/down the test until you reach the place you’d like that question to be, and let go of the mouse button.
  • To close the ‘Items’ search pane, just click on the ‘Items’ button on the top right.
If the handout or the notes here are missing any important steps or instructions that you need, please leave a comment below, along with your name and your school. I’ll get those instructions written up for you, send them to you and add them to this posting.

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