Administrator Getting Started Guide
Help Whenever You Need It
This page is a quick reference for Catchup Math's reporting and management features. We also have excellent Teaching with Catchup Math videos. For details, see our Teacher FAQ. But please, feel free to call your Account Manager at any time for phone support, a group webinar, or a personal training session.
Catchup Math operates on iPad, PCs, Macs and netbooks. Desktop computers require Flash (Verion 8 or higher). You can verify your computer's compatibility with Catchup Math by clicking on the Check compatibility link at the log in screen. An iPad version of Catchup Math can be accessed at m.catchupmath.com. Operation on the iPad does not include the math games.
Check Manage Groups (under Student Registration) for red-colored self-registration group names including essentials, quizme, and algebra1. Students go to catchupmath.com, enter your school Login Name (e.g., jfk123) and use the group name as their temporary password. Students will be prompted to self-register and can start immediately on the associated program.
Select the Right Program for Each Student
Catchup Math will remediate and review the named subject. For example:
- To prepare students for Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1, select the Proficiency Program called Essentials.
- For students entering Geometry, enroll them in Pre-Algebra Proficiency; they will be automatically advanced to Algebra 1 Proficiency when they have successfully reviewed their Pre-Algebra learning gaps.
- If you are not sure where to place a student, assign the Auto-Enrollment program (or use the quizme self-registration group). The student will be given one or more quizzes to place them in the lowest program where they need help. Then, you can monitor their progress until they advance to the target level.
- To concentrate on a specific topic (roughly correlated with the chapters in leading math textbooks), select a "Subject and Chapter" program. Then select a chapter topic from the drop-down menu.
- To prepare for a graduation exam, choose one of our Graduation Prep programs.
- For your weakest students, you can assign them the Custom Program, CP: Essentials Topics, CP: Foundations A, or CP: Foundations B and they will not need to take quizzes.
- To manually register one or more students, use the Student Registration button.
- To easily register multiple students, use the Self Registration option. You select a program and create a Group name. Students login using your school Login Name (e.g., jfk123) and the Group name as their temporary password. They will be prompted to create a personal password based on name and birth date, which they will use for future logins.
- To register students from an uploaded file, use the Bulk Registration option. You can assign both a Group name as well as the specific program for everyone in the file. The file must be a text file in tab separated format containing student names and their password (e.g., Col 1=Smith, Robin; Col 2=2312345).
- To make any change to a registered student account, select the student and then use Edit Student.
Tell Students How to Log In
Tell students to go to catchupmath.com and enter the school Login Name (e.g., jfk123) and their personal password. Try this yourself with the John Doe sample student using the password jd12345.
Give Students a Brief Outline of How Catchup Math Works
For most of our programs (excluding Custom Programs), students will be given quizzes. Based on the problems they get wrong, the program will select one or more review topics. For each review topic, there are practice problems to solve, lessons to read, videos to watch, and activities to try. At a minimum, students must attempt the required practice problems or problem sets and receive a check-mark in order to complete the topic. But students should be encouraged to try the other resources as well. Once the quiz has been passed and the topics reviewed, students are advanced to the next section of the program.
Tell Students How You Want Them to Use Catchup Math
Students should answer the quizzes carefully, working out their answers with pencil and paper or the online whiteboard. You might give students a goal for their next session, such as to work until they have passed at least one quiz.
Best Practices in a Computer Lab
Visit each student, offer assistance as needed, and make sure the student is trying all the various learning resources. Also, review their progress on the spot by clicking the Help button and then clicking the Student History button.
How to Use the "Show Whiteboard" Feature
Students show their work on the whiteboard by typing, drawing with the mouse, and using the graph template or scientific calculator. You can view their work at any time using the Student Detail History button on the admin screen.
Monitoring Student Progress
The Student Detail History button will present a reverse chronological history for a selected student. While viewing the history, select any line to view the lessons (standards) covered and those which the student was prescribed to review. Also, the work entered on the whiteboard may be viewed. The Report Card summarizes student progress and effort including their prescribed lessons. The student summary page may be printed for all registered students or for any selected group within any date range. The Student Detail History and Report Card may also be printed.
Assess Group Progress
Select students by using the "Select a group", "Text search", and "Date Range" filters at the bottom of the admin screen then press Assessment to view charts of lessons most frequently prescribed as well as general progress. The Highlights tool generates multiple reports including Greatest Effort, Least Effort, Most Quizzes Passed, Highest Average Quiz Score, Most Failures of Current Quiz, and more.
Custom Programs and Custom Quizzes
Custom Programs lets you assign any sequence of lessons to students, without quizzes. Summary and detail reporting will monitor progress, and you can review student work on the whiteboard. Similarly, you can create Custom Quizzes by choosing questions from our item bank.
Click the Program Details button to view the lesson topics correlated with each section of the Catchup Math programs.
Using the Assignments Tool
To easily create auto-graded homework and classwork assignments, select the Assignments button on the menu bar.
Assign problems to students (for classwork or homework) for any Group. When students log in, they can work on any active Assignments. Problems are automatically graded and the scores are available to you in an online Gradebook. Students show their work on our online whiteboard.
Creating Assignments: Choose any of our problems. Set a due date and whether to allow late submissions. Include a comment for students (e.g., the lessons covered).
Grading: Problems will be automatically graded except for any whiteboard (WB) problems you assign. If WB problems are assigned, you grade those online. Also, you can change the mark for any problem (e.g., to give half-credit for a problem with the wrong answer but good whiteboard steps.).
Open book: Students can view Catchup Math lessons to get help while working on Assignments.
Feedback to students: After the grades are released to the students, or an assignment is Closed, students can see their score. Also, teachers can give feedback (in red) using the whiteboard at any time. Best of all, after the grades are released, students can view step-by-step solutions for the problems.
Re-using Assignments: You can copy an assignment for re-use within the same Group (e.g., from last term) or import from another Group.
For detailed instructions, view our 15-minute training webinar.
Much, Much More
Catchup Math has a rich set of administrative tools that you can utilize as you become experienced. You can explore them via our Teaching with Catchup Math videos and/or our Teacher FAQ. Also, you can review the "Recent Updates" button at any time to view updates and new features.