mrizzo Mar. ‘08
updated Nov. ‘08
HARCOURT Math CENTERTM
“Warning! Performing teacher functions while students are working on the system may
result in database errors. Make sure that all students are off the system before you
Teachers should never make assignments, add or unenroll students, or run current reports while their
own students are in the program.
Login using your Username and Password. (If you forget your password, enter unknown as the
username and pass as the password. Select your name from the list of teacher accounts that displays.
Answer the security question that appears. Your username and password will display on the screen.)
All your students are in the Student Pool by grade level.
From Manage Classes screen, click
the twisty next to Student Pool
and then click your grade level.
All the students in your grade
level will be listed by user name.
Select the students that you want
to enroll in your class by checking
next to their user name. Once all
students have been selected,
choose your name in the Class
When completed, you will see a
confirmation message of the number of
students imported into your class.
Adding New Students
From Manage Classes
screen, click the Add
Make sure the Student
radio button is selected and
then click OK.
The Student Profile window will open on the
right side of the screen.
Type in the student’s First Name and Last
Choose your name from the Class drop down
menu. Choose a Group if you are using groups.
Type in the student’s (Novell) User Name and
Password (NCWise number).
When finished, click the Save button unless you have
another student to add in which case you’ll click the
Save & Add button.
To see all the students assigned to your class (and groups if you are the
The Student Profile window will open on
using them), click the u twisty next to of the screen.
right side your name.
Type in the student’s First Name and Last
Choose your name from the Class drop down
menu. Choose a Group if you are using
Type in the student’s (Novell) User Name
and Password (NCWise number).
Though you cannot permanently delete
a student from the database, you can
unenroll him from your class and return
him to the Student Pool.
Select the student listed under your
class (on the left) and then click the
Remove button on the right.
School’s Student Pool
radio button and then
You may choose to create Groups
within your class. Click the Add
button and select Group.
The Group Profile appears on the right. Enter
the Group Name. The group name cannot exceed 25
Select your Class that will appear in the drop-
Click the Save button.
If you are adding more than one group, use the Save + Add
button instead so you can continue to add groups.
Then select each student and assign them to a group.
Exit when done.
Logged in as the teacher, click
the Make Assignments button to
make assignments for your whole
class, a group, or individual
You have to select one of these
RESOURCES before you can
choose an ALTERNATE FILTER.
See page 5 for description of
Choose from the three or four options in ‘Select
Click in box next to Show
Students to see all your students.
You may need to click the twisty
next to your class name to see
To make an assignment, click the curriculum or standard you want to view and then select
the unit, standard, or topic for the assignment. When selected, they turn red. Moving your
mouse over an item allows you to view the full text at the bottom of the screen.
In the center panel, click the activity to be assigned. You can preview any assignment by
selecting it in the center panel and clicking the Preview button at the bottom of the screen.
Select the class from the Select Class drop-down list on the right.
Click to highlight the student(s) to whom you want to make an assignment.
Selecting a class name allows you to assign the chosen activity to every student in the
Highlighting a group name enables you to assign the selected activity to every student
in a particular group within a class.
Selecting an individual student name allows you to assign the chosen activity to one
student within the class.
Click the Assign button in the
center panel to complete the
Clicking the Properties button brings up
the options of setting a due date. The
default due date is for 30 days.
You can also ‘password protect’ an assessment
assignment by giving each assignment a password.
Then, students cannot work on the assignment until
you give them its password. This would allow you to
make several assignments ahead of time but
students could not work on them until you are
Use the Remove button to remove
Harcourt Assessment System: Measures achievement before, during, and after
instruction. Assessment questions on all tests are mapped to Learning Goals, Lesson
Objectives, and State Standards. Students can practice for and take assigned tests.
Teachers can assign tests, collect and store information via the Harcourt Math Center,
and report on students’ performance and proficiency.
Assessment data should be used to modify the content that students are to learn and the
processes through which the content is to be taught.
There are six types of Assessment Tests
1. Inventory Tests
Students are tested at the beginning of the year to see if they have the prerequisite skills. There
are 2 forms of this test: Form A and a Form B. The Form A version consists of multiple-choice
items. The Form B version consists of free-response items using a combination of fill-in-the-blank,
multiple-choice, and drop-down lists.
2. End of Year Tests
Students are tested at the end of the course on concepts and skills covered throughout the year.
This test contains approximately 20 test items for grades 1 and 2, and approximately 40 test items
for grades 3 and up. There are 2 forms of this test: Form A and a Form B. The Form A version
consists of multiple-choice items. The Form B version consists of free-response items using a
combination of fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and drop-down lists.
3. Unit Tests
Students are tested at the end of each unit on concepts and skills that were
covered throughout the unit. This test contains approximately 20 test items for
grades 1 and 2, and approximately 40 test items for grades 3 and up. There are 2 forms of this test:
Form A and a Form B. The Form A version consists of multiple-choice items. The Form B version
consists of free-response items using a combination of fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and drop-
4. Chapter Review/Tests
Students are tested on concepts and skills taught in the selected chapter. This test can be used as a
review or a test. Grades 1 and 2 Chapter Review/Tests contain approximately eight items, grades 3-5
have approximately 25 items. There are 30 Chapter Review Tests per grade.
5. Chapter Tests
Students are tested on concepts and skills taught in the selected chapter. Grades 1 and 2 Chapter
Tests contain approximately 10 items; grades 3-5 have approximately 20 items. There are 2 forms of
this test: Form A and a Form B. The Form A version consists of multiple-choice items. The Form B
version consists of free-response items using a combination of fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice, and
6. Custom Tests
The Harcourt Assessment System also allows you to create tests tailored to your specific
instructional needs or plans using the extensive bank of test items on the CD-ROM.
Intervention lessons are divided into four parts: Show Me, Try These, Practice on Your Own, and
The ‘Show Me’ section opens with the lesson objective for the skill or strategy selected. In this
section, interactive movies containing problems and examples that illustrate the skill or strategy
are shown using text, audio, sound effects, graphics, and animation. Important vocabulary words
appear highlights with yellow. The student can click these highlighted terms to launch a glossary
window containing the term and its definition. In the window, they can click the speaker to hear
the term and its definition read. During the progression of the Show Me section, the student has
opportunities to answer questions and complete various types of non-judged interactivities.
The ‘Try These’ section gives the student an opportunity to answer question based on the examples
in the Show Me Section. The student receives immediate feedback and hints if necessary.
Students follow the instructions for each question and click the Done button after answering each
question. If a student answers a question incorrectly, he/she will receive a guided response to help
work out the answer.
The ‘Practice on Your Own’ section enables students to try one or more questions on their own. To
use Practice on Your Own, the student will follow the instructions at the top of the page and click
the Done button when the answer has been selected or is complete.
The ‘Quiz’ section is a short test to determine if the student understands the skill and only gives
feedback when he/she has completed the entire Quiz. Upon answering all the questions, the
student will click the Send button to submit his/her responses. The results of the Quiz are saved
and appear on certain reports.
Intervention Enrichment Activities
If a student is assigned a Check What You Know test and the score indicates mastery on all skills
presented on the test, they will be given an enrichment assignment. This assignment will appear on
the My Assignment screen and will be a PDF document that the student may print and work on while
away from te4h computer. Teachers may disable this feature by removing the checkmark on the
Enrichment pages box on the Resources and Options screen.
Teachers may also print copies of the Enrichment pages and the answers for them by selecting a
chapter and clicking view to open a PDF of the Enrichment pages for that chapter for the
Resources & Options screen.
Intervention Problem Solving
‘Intervention Problem Solving’ provides intervention for problem-solving lessons. It contains
interactive, animated lessons that provide step-by-step support for problem solving. These lessons
help student apply problem-solving strategies and improve their reading comprehension of word
Students should begin with (be assigned) Check What You Know. If he/she does not demonstrate
mastery, then the software automatically assigns step-by-step problem-solving intervention
through Show Me, Try These, Practice on Your Own activities followed by a Quiz.
‘Intervention Skills’ diagnoses, reteaches, and assesses skills that students need for success in
each chapter. The interactive, animated lessons provide scaffolded help for the skills students
have not yet mastered. The Math Center tracks students’ progress and produces class or individual
It is recommended that students start with (be assigned) Check What You Know, a set of problems
that assesses mastery of prerequisite skills for each chapter. If a student does not demonstrate
mastery of one or more skills, then the softwar3e automatically assigns step-by-step intervention
through Show Me, Try These, and Practice activities followed by a Quiz that assesses mastery.
Note: Any data collected when a student is exploring the Intervention Problem Solving or
Intervention Skills will be overwritten by any data collected from an assignment.
Harcourt Mega Math
Harcourt Mega Math is an animated world of math adventures. Two friendly characters, Tally and
Penny, take students around the world to practice the skills, concepts, and problem-solving
strategies that directly link to math lessons.
The six programs in Harcourt Mega Math are comprehensive. While each can be used alone,
together they cover all the strands and topics taught in K-6th grade.
• Shapes Ahoy! (K-2nd)
• Numberopolis (K-2nd )
• Country Countdown (K-3rd)
• The Number Games (3rd – 6th)
• Ice Station Exploration (3rd – 6th)
• Fraction Action (3rd-6th)
Using the ‘growth slides’,
students can automatically
advance to more challenging
problems and concepts.
button when available to see and hear
definitions for terms used.
When making assignments in Mega Math,
teachers can click the Preview button to
preview the assignment. The Math Center
remembers what each child has completed and prints individual and class reports to track progress.
Click the Grade Level and module.
Click the Create button to display the
curriculum objectives, standards, and
After the test items load, you can select and
click the right arrow to add them as your
‘Items selected’ list. You can also double click
the item to add it.
To preview an item, click the Preview button.
To remove an item, select it and click the left
arrow. To remove all the items from a test,
click the Reset button.
Click the Save button and then type in a name (10
character limit) for your test.
It will save in My Tests.
You can preview your test by clicking on the Preview
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Using drop-down menus, click what
report you want to view as well as
your class, group, or student.
Once you click one of the available
reports, some options will appear.
Once options have been chosen, click
the View Report button. Your
report will appear as a PDF.
Report Name Description
Class Status on One Test This report summarizes the performance on a selected test by all
students in a selected class or group. The status of the assignment is
provided for each student as well as a class or group average.
Class Test Summary by Student This report displays a Class or Group roster and total scores for
each test selected.
Class Progress This report summarizes class results in relation to selected
standards and benchmarks, learning goals, or lesson objectives.
Class Prescriptions This report displays the results of tests completed during the
designated time. The corresponding standards and benchmarks,
learning goals, or lesson objectives and their associated prescriptions
are provided when students do not meet criteria for mastery of
Student Test Summary This report provides details on all the tests taken by a particular
student, including the average score for all tests.
Student Progress This report lists the assignments completed by a selected student,
related to selected standards and benchmarks, learning goals, or
Student Prescriptions This report displays the results of tests completed by the selected
student. The corresponding standards and benchmarks, learning
goals, or lesson objectives and their associated prescriptions are
provided if the student does not meet criteria for master of these
Class Activity Status by Student This report displays the results of all tests taken in the Math
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Report Name Description
Class Summary by Student This class report displays scores for the student for Check What
You Know assignments and related skills. In addition to prescribed
lessons, other lessons completed by the student are reported.
Class Quiz Results by Student This class reports displays scores by student for each quiz.
Student Intervention Status This individual student report displays Check What You Know and
Quiz scores for completed assignments. Incomplete assignments
are also listed.
Student Activity Status by Student This report summarizes all activity for students in class or group.
Mega Math Reports
Report Name Description
Class Skills Completed This class report is a grid showing which skills have been
completed by each student in a given module.
Class Number of Skills Completed This class report displays a summary of how many skills have been
completed by each student in each module
Student Skills Completed This student report shows which skills have been completed in
Harcourt Math Student Program
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After logging in using (Novell) username and
password, student selects ‘My Assignments’,
‘Intervention’, or ‘Mega Math’
When the student logs in and clicks the My
Assignments button, he will see the
assignments you have made for him and any
that he has completed.
The student selects the assignment to be
completed and clicks the Go button.
When taking an assessment, the number of
problems appears in the top right corner of
the screen. As a problem has been
answered (student clicked the ), the
question number turns from black to green.
It is possible for students to skip over a
question and also to the assessment
without answering all the questions.
Students should develop a habit of making
sure all questions have been answered
The advantage of being able to ‘skip around’ is that students can go back and review their
answers before Sending.
If students must leave the Math Center before they complete an Assessment assignment,
their data is saved. They may return to the Assessment assignment, by re-launching the
Assignment from My Assignments screen. The questions already completed by the student
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Clicking Intervention or Mega Math allows the student to freely
explore any of the Math Center products.
Students may review their answers for any completed Assessments or Check What You
Know assignments. There are two methods that students can use to review their test
The first method is to review the results
immediately after completing a test.
The second is to select the item from the
Completed Assignments portion of the
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When using Intervention Skills, the students learn from ‘Show Me’, then they ‘Try These’;
next they ‘Practice on Your Own’, and finish with a ‘Quiz’.
When a student completes a quiz and
clicks the Send button to submit his
responses, he’ll see some type of visual
Intervention Enrichment Activities
If a student is assigned a Check What You Know test and the
score indicates mastery on all skills presented on the test, they
will be given an enrichment assignment. This assignment will
appear on the My Assignment screen and will be a PDF
document that the student may print and work on while away
from the computer. Teachers may disable this feature by
removing the checkmark on the Enrichment pages box on the
Resources and Options screen (see page 8).
Teachers may also print copies of the Enrichment pages and the
answers for them by selecting a chapter and clicking view to
open a PDF of the Enrichment pages for that chapter from the
Resources and Options screen.
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