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Parent Letter (English)

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Note to teachers:  We recommend modifying this letter to reflect the specific way(s) in which you will use ASSISTments and how you prefer students answer open response questions. Within the letter are bolded areas suggesting where to modify.


Dear Parent(s),


I’m writing to tell you about a new online tool we will be using in math class this year. ASSISTments,


ASSISTments is a free tool that students will use to complete math homework and classwork online.  While your child completes math problems in ASSISTments, they will get immediate feedback about whether they got the answer correct, and I will get detailed, actionable data to support them.


Key Things to Know as a Parent:

  1. Students will access ASSISTments through our school’s Google Classroom/Canvas account <select one when modifying>
  2. Students should still use paper and pencil to show their work before entering responses into ASSISTments. <modify based on system you use to allow students to show their work>
  3. ASSISTments generates a percentage score (for example 67%) that reflects the number of attempts on each question (students get multiple tries) and if they got it right. Students lose 33% of their score for each incorrect attempt on a problem.  For most assignments, this percentage will not be used as a grade. <Insert details about how you use ASSISTments scores>
  4. ASSISTments uses four symbols to show how your child did on an assignment. Students will also see these symbols after they complete an assignment. The meaning of each symbol is below. 
  1. If you child needs support with using ASSISTments at home, they can visit these Supports for Students. 


If you would like to see how students interact with ASSISTments, take a look at the student tutorial videos found here

 

Data privacy

As a non-profit organization, The ASSISTments Foundation and developers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute follow U.S. government standards to ensure that student data remains unidentifiable.

If you or your child have any questions about ASSISTments, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We are excited to begin using this tool, as it will support math learning in our classroom. Please let me know if you have any questions.



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