How do my students get started with Liftoff?

Updated 1 month ago by Mackenzie Maddox

Step 1: Liftoff must be enabled for the student on the settings tab of the class management page in the Progress platform. Please see this article for more information.

Step 2: Once the student clicks the Liftoff icon at the top of their USATestprep homepage, they will need to take a diagnostic for the subject/test before they can enter the galaxy.

Note: If your campus administers NWEA MAP testing you can import student RIT scores before taking the Liftoff diagnostic tests. Please see this article for more information about importing NWEA MAP RIT scores.

Step 3: Click “Start”  to begin the diagnostic. Students do not need to take all 7 diagnostics to get started, but they will need to complete at least 1 diagnostic.

Step 4: After students have completed the diagnostic for a particular domain, an individualized learning path will be created for the student in their My Galaxies section. Each diagnostic will populate the corresponding column in My Galaxies. Their rocket will be placed at their lowest skill gap. Direct students to find their rocket and click on the topic next to their rocket to begin.

Step 5: Students can review by watching the mini-lesson video and then they will choose the game they wish to be rewarded with, and then select their rocket.

Step 6: If a student answers the question correctly on their first try, they will be instantly rewarded with a quick brain break. They will get to play the game they selected for a maximum of 20 seconds.

Step 7: If they answer the question incorrectly, an alien explanation video tutorial will appear on their screen. The alien explanation will provide immediate and specific feedback to the problem they are working on. It will help the student think through the problem and how to set it up correctly, without giving away the answer. After they watch the tutorial video they will go back to the question and apply what they learned during the video and correct their mistake before they will be able to go on to the next question. Even though they’ve corrected their answer they won’t have the chance to play a game because they didn’t get it correct on their first try.

Step 8: Once a student completes all 10 questions in the session, they will be taken to a summary page where they can review the questions they just answered, rewatch the alien explanation for the questions, or watch a mini-lesson video to review the concept further. If the student scored 80% or higher, they will be rewarded with a galaxy star and their rocket will move up to their next skill gap. If they did not reach mastery, they can try the topic again and the program will ask a new set of 10 questions assessing the topic.

Step 9: Each student’s mission is to get all 7 of the rockets up to the top of their galaxies, meaning they have filled in all of their foundational skill gaps below grade level. Now it is time to begin mastering their on-grade level state standards back in the Progress platform!


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