User Guide For eTAP Teachers
- If you have not already created an account, register at https://www.etap.org/amember/signup. eTAP has a Free Trial (no credit card required), which gives you full access to the website for 10 days.
- Sign in. All lesson material, tests, records and resources require user authorization. The sign-in page is located at https://www.etap.org/login/, or the sign-in link may be found at the top right side of eTAP's main page.
- If you require the ability to customize lessons or view answer keys, please contact eTAP support, so we can switch your account to Teacher.
- Select a grade level from the drop-down menu in the right column. Depending on which grade level you choose, the subject menu may change. For this example, we change to grade 8.
- If you choose grade 8 and Science from the list towards the top of the page. You will see a Table of Contents for your selected subject. For this example, we have chosen Science from the 8th grade menu.
- Decide which lesson you want to view. You may select the unit title, which will take you to the Lesson Preview, or you may directly select a specific lesson in the unit.
- When you select a unit title, you will first see the Lesson Preview. This summarizes the unit, and lists what you will expect your students to know after completing the unit. For this example, we are using the the unit "Speed and Velocity" from 8th grade Science.
- On the right hand side of your screen, you will see a menu listing what lessons this unit has. Use this menu to choose a lesson to study, or to move on to the next lesson.
- The top of each lesson will have a link to Pre and Post tests. Below the lesson title, you will see information about what state standards this lesson meets.
- At the bottom of each lesson page, you will see a list of Resources and a list of Videos. These are links to other websites with information about the topic you are studying. Below these lists, is the Practice Test for this section.
- Some lessons will have other things towards the end of the lesson text, like worksheets, reading lists, or experiments to try out.
Navigating eTAP and changing your login setting from student to teacher.
When are you signed in as a teacher, you will see a row of blue buttons at the top of the screen. These buttons will take you to the different areas of the website.
- Lessons: This leads to the Table of Contents for eTAP lessons. This is also the page you will see when you first sign in.
- Scores: This page contains the records of your students' quizzes and assessment tests, with the oldest tests shown first. Any time one of your students takes a Pre, Post, or Practice test you take, or overall Assesment test, their score will show up on this page.
- Students: Here is where you link your account to your students. This is a teacher-only feature; students will see this button as "Sharing".
- Test Prep: The test prep menu. Each Test page accessed from this menu gives a table mapping eTAP lessons to topics covered by major standardized tests like the GED, ASVAB, SAT and more.
Above the blue buttons you will see some information about your account
- Your user name. This is just to show who is currently logged in.
- Settings. This takes you to a page where you can update your subscription, and manage your password and user information. Important for teachers: On the 'Edit Profile' tab of this page, there is a setting for 'Teacher or Student'. If this is changed from student to teacher, you will be able to access teacher-related functions, such as adding students, viewing your students' scores and editing to creating custom lesson.
- Sign out. This signs you out of eTAP. To record your time of use, you will need to sign out every time you are done using the program.
Managing Your Students
In your Students screen, you will see a list of all your students. The upper area shows who your current students are. To add a student, put the student's email address in the box under "Find students By Email". When you see their name on the list, choose "Add as Student". They will show up on your Student page under "Pending Approval From Student", until they approve you.
For each student, you may view a detail page, where you have the following options:
- Test Scores - Displays the list of tests for the selected student, including the title, date taken, and result. There is also a link to view the actual test result, so you may check which questions were missed. There is also a tab for exams, which include assessments, midterms and finals, and provides the same information for each exam attempted - title, date taken, result, and option to view the result.
- Course Progress - A table showing how much of a course a student has completed, and what their latest activity in each course was.
- eTAP Transcript - Shows courses the student has studies, with their current progress and scores. If the course is complete, the course will show a letter grade.
- Login History - Displays the list of login sessions for the selected student, with the date and time the session was started, and the time duration. Note: If you are using the login history to track how much your students spend studying on eTAP, they MUST sign out when they are finished. Otherwise, the time will only reflect the length of the session up to when they last changed pages. For example, if they log in, navigate directly to a lesson, spend an hour reading that lesson, then sign out, the login history will reflect that were logged in for an hour. If they do not sign out, it will reflect only the few seconds it took for them to navigate the site.
- Reset Password - Allows the teacher to reset the student's password.
- Remove - Removes the student from the teacher's student list.
You may choose to organize your students into "Classrooms". These don't have to be formal classes, they are simply a tool to help keep track of your students, especially if you have a lot of them. For example, you may want to group students by grade or subject, or even to group together students participating in specific project or event.
To add a classroom, select "Add Classroom"
from the top of your Students page. This takes you to the form "Add Classroom".
Provide a title for your class, and an optional subtitle. Subtitles are useful if you have similar groups or multiple periods of the same course. You may also provide a
specific grade level and/or subject for the class.
Once you save the classroom by selecting "Add", the class will appear on your Students page.
Students who are not yet in any classes may assigned to a class directly from the Students page or from the student detail page. Students already in at least one class may be assigned to additional classes from their student detail page.
How Students Use an eTAP Lesson To Study
- Pick a unit to work on, choose a lesson and take the Pre Test. The Pre Test will help you understand what you need to learn from the lesson. If you get all answers correct you can advance to the next topic/lesson. In this way you can use the Pre Test as a placement test or to do a review for an AP test or other examination.
- Review the lesson. Usually, this means reading the text, but some lessons include worksheets or other exercises. You can also watch the videos and read the other websites listed in the Resources.
- When you think you understand everything in the lesson, take the Practice Test. If you get all the answers right, you're ready for the Post Test. If you miss a question, review the lesson.
- Take the Post Test. If you get a wrong answer, don't worry. Just go back to the lesson and review the parts you had trouble with, and re-take the test when you're ready.
- When you get 100% on the Post Test, you have successfully finished this section! Congratulations!
Lesson Completion, Progress Reports, Assessment and Transcripts
At the top of the Table of Contents for a specific course, you will see a summary of your status for that course. What will be presented depends on your progress in that course.
- You will always see an option to take an Assessment Exam. This exam is for students who have completed a course, and want to identify lessons they need to review.
- After a student has taken any test in a course, it will let show what the last test or exam was, so you can remember what lessons you were on.
- Once the student has completed 50% of the Post Tests in a course, they will see a Midterm Exam. After they have taken the midterm exam at least once, it will show the average score.
- Once the student has completed all the Post Tests in a course, they will see a Final Exam. Again, after taking the final at least once, they will see their average score.
- In order for a lesson to be completed, the student needs to pass the Post Test for that lesson with a score of at least an 80%. If they take a Post Test and do not pass it, they may retake the test, after reviewing the lesson material.
- To see a summary of progress for all courses taken on eTAP, go to the student's Scores page and select the Progress Report tab. This will show the percent of the course the student has completed, as well as the latest test attempt, and whether or not you have completed the midterm and final exams.
- Unit Previews, Summaries and Texas STAAR lessons do not count towards course progress.
- As with tests, the passing score for Midterm and Final Exams is 75% or higher.
eTAP has a feature to view a transcipt
or report card
, based on your test scores. It is important to note that, unlike the Progress Report, the transcript counts every Post Test attempt towards your score. and calculates and average. Midterm and Final Exams are also average, and the final score is an average of your Post Test scores, your Midterm scores and your Final Scores. Here is an example of how a score would be calculated for a course with four lessons:
- The student takes the Post Test for the first lesson, with a score of 0. They retake it and get 100%. Their score for this lesson is calculated as 50%, an average over 2 attempts.
- The student takes the second Post Test, with a score of 60%. They take it a second time and get 80%. The score for this lesson is 70%.
- The student takes the Midterm for the course, and gets 100%. The score for the Midterm is 100%.
- The student takes the third Post Test with a score of 20%. A second attempt is 60% and a third is scored at 100%. The score for this lesson is 60%.
- The student takes the fourth Post Test and scores an 80%. The score for this lesson is 80%.
- The student takes the Final and scores 75%. They retake it and get 100%. The score for the Final is 87.5%.
- The scores for the four lessons are 50, 70, 60 and 80. This averages to 65%.
- The final score for the course is the average of the lesson score, the midterm score and the final score, so in this case the average of 65, 100 and 87.5.
- The student has an average of 84% for this course.
On the transcript, courses will be marked 'Incomplete' until you have a 100% completion on your Progress Report for that course.