TEACHER GUIDE
Dear Teacher,
Welcome to Brainchild Achiever! online assessment and instruction. Your school subscribed to
this award-winning tool to assist you and your students in making AYP, dramatically increase
scores on state exams, stream-line your lessons, and ultimately help your classroom succeed!
Achiever! will save you time with self-paced instruction on your state standards; and for
students who need extra attention, it will provide hours of differentiated instruction. The
program provides the content, the instruction, and the scoring so you don’t have to develop
content and grade assignments or quizzes.
This User Guide was designed to help you navigate through the basic features of the program
to get started today!
At Brainchild we are committed to your success and we are passionate about education,
customer service, and our programs. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the
user guide, please contact our office. All phone calls are answered personally by people who
care.
Reach us via:
 Toll free phone at 800.811.2724
 Email at questions@brainchild.com
Once again, welcome to Brainchild and we look forward to hearing your classroom and
student success stories!
Best Regards,
The Brainchild Team
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Table of Contents
Getting Started with Achiever!……………………………………4
Enroll A Student………………………………………………………….5
Import Students……………………………….………………………..6
Create A Class……………………………………………………………..7
Map Students……………………………………………………………..7
Create Assignments…………………………………………………….8
Group Instruction……………………………………………………….9
Student Password List……………………………………………….10
Student Report………………………………………………………….11
Classroom Report……………………………………………………..13
Assignment Report……………………………………………………13
Make a Printable Test/Worksheet…………………………….14
Student View…………………………………………………………….15
Training & Support…………………………………………………..19
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Getting Started with Achiever!
Go to http://achiever.brainchild.com and log in using your username and password.
This will bring you to the Main Menu.
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Enroll a Student
Students will be able to start using Achiever! immediately once they are enrolled and given a user name and
password.
Enrolling a Student
1. Under Management, select Enroll a Student.
2. From the Student List page, verify if the student has already been added to the program to ensure the
student will not a have duplicate login.
3. On the right side of the screen, under Create and Edit Users, fill in the mandatory fields marked with
an asterisk (*).
4. Select the subjects to enroll your student in under Courses Available.
5. Be sure to Save. Your student should now show under the Student List and can begin using Achiever!
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Import Students
If you have a large amount of students to enroll, it is much easier to import them by grade level. To import a
list of students instead of adding them individually, you must create a .csv file in Excel.
Importing Students
1. Under Management, select Import Students.
2. Select Example with Comma file to create a .csv file.
3. You may copy your students’ first names, last names, usernames, and passwords into this sample file.
Simply exchange the names here with your student users. If left blank, Achiever! automatically assigns
student usernames and passwords. You may create your own by using student ID numbers or a school
established password. Note: It is not necessary for the Middle Names column to be used.
4. Remember to save this spreadsheet as a .csv file to your desktop.
5. Choose the Grade you would like to import your students into.
6. Click on Browse, locate your file, select it in the window. Make sure to check the Title Row Box, if
used.
7. Select Preview to see how the spreadsheet will be imported and then Import. Students will now be
enrolled in Achiever!.
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Create Class
To help organize and manage students, teachers have the ability to create classes, or small groups of students
within the Achiever! program. Creating a class is the first step towards gathering real time reports and
creating student assignments.
Creating a Class
1. Under Management, select Create Class.
2. Choose the Course and the Period you would like to create a class for from the drop-down menu
on the right side of the screen.
3. Select Save and your class will be added to the list on the left of the screen.
Map Students
Mapping, or assigning students to a specific class, is the final step in being able to create assignments and
gather real time reports.
Mapping Students
1. Go to Management and select Map Students.
2. From the drop-down menu, select your Class.
3. Choose from the Available Students and click the arrow > next to the students’ names to move them
over to the Selected Students and Save them to the class.
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Create Assignments
Achiever! gives teachers the option of creating assignments for students. Assignments are a great way to
check for student understanding of a concept and can be created any time during the learning process. Once
created, assignments will appear on the student’s Personal Learning Plan when they log in. When the
assignment is selected, students receive a 10-question assessment on that standard. The score then goes into
the student’s Personal Learning Plan for teachers to view and create reports.
Creating Assignments
1. Go to Management and select Create Assignments.
2. From the drop-down menu, choose the Class you would like to create an assignment for.
3. Click in the Due Date box and a calendar will appear for you to choose a completion date.
Note: You must choose a date at least one day in advance of the day you created the assignment.
4. Select the Available Assignment by placing a check in the box to the left of the assignment name.
5. Choose the student(s) to complete the assignment by placing a check in the box to the left of the
name. If you want the entire class to complete the assignment, choose Select All.
6. Click Save.
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Group Instruction
Using Achiever! for group instruction provides a creative alternative to engage students in a group activity in
the classroom. This feature helps gauge class progress and understanding of the academic concept being
taught.
Group Instruction:
1. Attach your computer to an LCD projector or use a Smart Board.
2. Select Group Instruction.
3. Select the Grade and Subject you wish to teach.
4. Select a Lesson from the Learning Plan.
5. Select Play Lesson. A one-minute instructional piece will play about the concept.
Note: When using Group Instruction, the program does not require the teacher take a pre-test first.
6. Select Study to present questions for the class to answer. Share explanations on the topic from the
Explain button and supplement group instruction with your own comments. By the last few questions,
you will see the impact of your teaching as the class beings to answer questions correctly.
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Student Password List
The Student Password List generates a report of student user names and their assigned passwords. Once
students have been given their log-in information, they are ready to get started using Achiever!.
1. Under Reports, select Student Password List.
2. From the drop-down menu, select the Grade for which you want to run the report.
3. If a student has not been placed (mapped) in a class, select the box next to Show Students without
Class.
4. Select the course the student is enrolled in.
Note: This report will show all student passwords for students who have not been assigned to a class.
5. If you are searching for a student that has already been placed in a class, select the Class from the
dropdown menu.
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Achiever! provides standards-based reports on individual and classroom performance. These reports will help
you gauge how your students are performing on state standards, and allows you to make data driven
decisions in your classroom.
All reports may be viewed and/or printed and include:
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Student Report
Classroom Report
Assignment Report
Student Report
The Student Report shows the pretest, most recent post test scores, number of testing attempts to master the
standard, total instructional time, and the average score in the subject. If a student has attempted to master a
standard three times and is making very little progress, it is time to consider one-on-one instruction.
1. Go to Reports and select Student Report.
2. From the dropdown menu, select your Grade, Class and the Student you would like to view.
3. Select Show This Student Report button.
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4. By choosing the Show All Student Reports, you can view each student’s progress at one time.
Note: When printing this report, each student’s progress will be printed on separate pages.
5. Toggle Graph will show a visual bar graph of pre and post test scores.
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Classroom Report
The classroom report allows for data driven instruction to take place in your class. It identifies students’
educational needs and is helpful when adjusting group instruction. The Classroom Report shows the average
score for each state standard across the top. The key below students’ names displays the corresponding state
standard.
1. Go to Reports and select Classroom Report.
2. From the Class drop-down menu, select your Course.
Assignment Report
The Assignment Report allows the teacher to view student scores on assigned lessons.
1. Go to Reports and select Assignment Report.
2. From the drop-down menu, select your Class and the Assignment.
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Print Test
Tests or worksheets may be created and printed from the program at anytime. With a printable
test/worksheet, the teacher has control to choose which questions to print and how many questions to assign.
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Go to Reports and select Print Test.
Choose the Course, Subject and Lesson from the drop-down menu.
Enter a name for your test.
Sample questions will populate automatically. Scroll through to select the desired questions.
Use the double right arrows button (>>) to transfer the question to the right side of the screen. Only
questions on the right side will be printed.
6. Under Action click the Print icon to see a preview and then print, OR, you can click the Word document
icon to Save as a Word Doc if you would like to make any modifications to the test/worksheet
questions.
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Student View
Once students log in to Achiever!, the Personal Schedule will display the available subjects and any
assignments created by the teacher will be listed at the bottom of the page.
After choosing a subject, students will be brought to their Personal Learning Plan where they can select a
lesson.
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There are four learning modes within each student lesson: Test, Play Lesson, Study, Post Test.
Test: Students are required to take an initial 10-question test on each state standard to establish a base line.
Play Lesson: A one-minute instructional animation will teach the concept providing ample examples.
Study: Gives unlimited practice with immediate feedback for self-paced instruction.
Post Test: A 10-question test on the standard is given to assess progress and may be taken again.
Objective 6: Patterns, relationships, and algebraic thinking.
The student uses patterns in multiplication and division.
The student is expected to solve division problems related to
multiplication facts (fact families) such as 9x9=81 and 81/9=9
Students will be given a 10-question, multiple choice format within the Test, Study and Post Test modes.
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Study Mode
During Study Mode, when a question is answered correctly, a green checkmark will appear next to the answer
and the student has the option to review the steps to the solution by selecting the Explain button.
Built-in Feedback:
When a question is answered incorrectly, as indicated by a read X, immediate feedback appears explaining to
the student why the answer is incorrect and provides feedback on how to arrive at the correct answer.
Test Mode
While students are testing they do not have an option to review their mistakes. However, once the test is
complete, they then can select Review mistakes to see the questions they answered incorrectly and select
Explain next to each incorrect answer.
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Completing Assignments
Once an assignment has been created and assigned to the student by the teacher, it will show up on the
student’s Personal Schedule. The student can then select the standard and complete the 10-question
assignment. Once completed, the student will see his/her score on the session summary page. The student
may Review Mistakes to receive feedback on any questions missed.
Once completed, the student will see his/her score on the session summary page. The student may Review
Mistakes to receive feedback on any questions missed or return to their Learning Plan.
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Training and Support
Support Center
Brainchild is here for you every step of the way!
For support you may:
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Print a hard copy of the user guide, although it is always available on-line under the Support
Center icon;
Call us at 800.811.2724 for immediate assistance during regular business hours; or
E-mail us at questions@brainchild.com.
For training and support we can:
 Walk you through the any piece of the program over the phone;
 Schedule a webinar training using GoToMeeting.com;
 Schedule an on-site training session for a nominal fee.
No question or task is too small.
We love to hear about the achievement and success your
students are experiencing with our products!
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