The teacher reporting tools just don’t work. So it’s taking me FOREVER to check students’ progress. Literally, there are exercises on their site, which I have assigned to students, that are not in their list of exercises in the teacher reporting tools. To check student progress, I have to go to each student, click on their name, and CONTROL + F to search the page for the name of the exercise, then look at their score, and finally type it into my gradebook. And, because student proficiency changes constantly based on the mini retention quizzes KA gives (called mastery challenges), I will have to re-check student scores on each exercise every couple weeks. KA, you say Shipping Beats Perfection doesn’t mean you ship things that are broken, but this is clearly broken!
UPDATE: Khan Academy Lead Developer Ben Kamens comments on this bug and on their current focus in building out more teacher reporting tools. See comments section.
UPDATE: I found a new workaround, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t there yesterday. Perhaps KA fixed something already. You can use CTRL + F to search the table when you view by table. Exercises that weren’t in the table yesterday seem to be there today. You can’t type their names into the search box above the table, but you can use your browser’s search function. That’s a start.
UPDATE 9/22/13: Now that searching in the grid is working, what’s not working is searching in a student’s skill progress while viewing their profile. So, for example, when a student has completed “Multiplying Expressions 0.5”, I can see their work in the grid or in the coach report by student, but if we view the student’s “skill progress” from his/her own profile, Multiplying Expressions 0.5 is not listed as an exercise. In essence, KA’s back-end system for tracking performance seems to be having a hard time keeping up with its front end improvements this summer. so teachers should be prepared to potentially spend extra time figuring things out.
UPDATE 9/29/13: The issues with the teacher reporting have been completely fixed, and–even better–they have added a feature which lets you recommend exercises to students as a whole group rather than one student at a time. Nice job, KA. Exactly what I was hoping for.