Since our initial release, we've talked with teachers and reading specialists from across the country about ways to improve SAS Reading Records, our popular, cross-platform solution to running records of reading. The overall consensus: “Wow, this is great, but we want more!” So, here’s what you can expect from the latest version.
An easier way to add students
You can now add students to your class quickly and easily using our new add student tool. Simply enter the student’s name, create a username and password, and you’re done! The student can also log in to any SAS Curriculum Pathways resource with the newly assigned credentials. As before, students that already have SAS Curriculum Pathways accounts can still join your class using your class code.
Visualizations of students’ performance and progress
We added reporting tools to help you analyze students’ performance and monitor progress over time. Every time you grade an assignment or modify students’ reading levels, a series of graphs and charts update automatically. So, whether you’re interpreting an individual student’s results or comparing performance across your class, Reading Recs now provides all the data visualization tools you need.
Open-ended comprehension questions
Our library of passages now comes preloaded with open-ended comprehension questions. In addition to the existing multiple-choice questions and passage-retell prompts, you can ask students to type in open-ended responses in order to demonstrate comprehension. As with the other assessments, our open-ended questions can be edited to meet the needs of your students.
Greater support for classrooms with limited access to technology
Don’t have a classroom set of iPads? Don’t want to fool with student accounts? No problem. Students can now complete assignments right from your teacher dashboard. Just tap the “read now” button, and the assignment will display just as it would using a student account. And don’t worry, when the student is finished, you will be prompted to log in again to ensure your account remains private.
Built-in demo class for exploring features and sharing with colleagues
Our new demo class allows you to explore and share the features of Reading Recs without having to go through the process of creating a class and asking students to complete assignments. Now, you can simply tap the “start demo” and play around with an existing class of students. Each student in the demo class comes preloaded with pending, submitted, and completed assignments, so you know what you can expect out of this powerful app!
Additional passages and more!
As always, we’ve added more reading passages to the Reading Recs library—English/Spanish, fiction/nonfiction, and a range of Lexile levels. We've enhanced the overall interface as well. Whether you're creating assignments or filtering the library, we hope these changes make your experience with Reading Recs even better.
Have a suggestion for our next release? We’d love to hear from you!