Editing the Time Goals Preference
Who can do this with default capabilities?
District Administrator, School Administrator, Teacher
Note: District staff and school staff can view the setting, but they cannot change it.
The Time Goals preference allows you to define five decreasing time goals that your students can achieve on tests. These goals are separate from the mastery time that you set for the levels. You can see the results of the tests your students take at the various time goals by printing the Student Progress Report.
About Time Goals
Time goals in the MathFacts in a Flash software challenge students by prompting them to work toward specific, incrementally lower times.
The software comes with five default time goals: the first goal is two minutes, and each subsequent goal decreases by 15 seconds (1:45, 1:30, 1:15, and 1:00). Using the Time Goals preference, you can change the default time goals, or you can turn them off altogether.
Students have at least two options after mastering a level: begin working on the next level (if there is a next level) or challenge a best time on a previously mastered level. When time goals are turned on and students master a level, they have an additional option: retest at the same level to attempt a lower time goal.
You will need to explain time goals to your students and decide how you want individuals or the whole class to work through levels in MathFacts in a Flash. These are a few possible options:
- Students master all assigned levels at two minutes or less before returning to previously mastered levels to work toward lower time goals.
- Students work toward lower time goals for their current level before moving on to the next level.
- Students continue to work toward a lower time goal after they master a level during a math period; the next period, they can choose to advance to the next level.
A student cannot lose mastery of a level by retesting to attempt a lower time goal. Even if the student is unsuccessful, the level remains mastered; the student’s best time for the level simply remains the same.
Things to note
This preference affects students who are using MathFacts in a Flash at school. It does not affect students using Renaissance Home Connect.
To edit the preference:
- On the Home page, select Other Math & Reading Apps.
- On the next page, select MathFacts in a Flash; then, select Preferences.
If necessary, use the School and Class drop-down lists (above the preferences tables) to choose the school and class.
Under Classroom Preferences, select Time Goals.
- If you want your students to work toward and achieve time goals on tests (which separate from the mastery time set for a level), check the Enable Time Goals box.
- If you enable time goals, you must set all five decreasing goals. Select the Minutes and Seconds fields for each of the five goals, delete the existing time, and enter the time goals you want to use. You must enter the goals in decreasing order (Goal 1 must be the longest time goal and Goal 5 must be the shortest).
To return to the default setting (time goals enabled starting at two minutes and decreasing by 15 seconds for each subsequent goal), select Default.
Select Save. (If you want to leave the page without saving your changes, select Cancel.)