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Getting Started

What if I forget my username or password?
You can change your account information by clicking on Change Your Account from the Home Page and entering new information.

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What if I forget a student’s username or password?
Once you have entered a student into your class list, click on the name from the Home Page to allow him or her to begin using the GEEL.

To look up or change the student’s username, simply click on Edit Student to open up that child’s Student Edit Form. The username will be listed there.

Note: You will not be able to look up the child’s password, but you can change an already assigned one by clicking on Change Password, and then entering a new password.

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What happens if a student needs to stop the GEEL before he/she is finished?
stopTo interrupt or stop a session, click on the Red Stop Button, which will log a child out of the GEEL. All of the work completed up to that point will be saved, and the Narrative Report will show the corresponding evaluation. To resume an evaluation, you must log in yourself and the student again. The GEEL will automatically restart the student wherever he/she left off.

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A student needs a quick break to use the bathroom, but will be returning to finish the GEEL. What should I do?
Have the student click the Red Stop Button, which will log him or her out of the GEEL. To resume, simply log in yourself and the student again from the Home Page. The GEEL will automatically restart the child wherever he or she left off.

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What happens to the student’s results if the computer shuts down or if the Internet connection is lost?
The GEEL automatically saves and stores all information for each question upon its completion. If the connection or power is lost for any reason, the student’s results up to that point will be saved.

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How do I run a student through the GEEL a second, third, etc. times?
Each time a student wants to take the GEEL, go to the Assessment Tools menu on the Home Page. Select Set Up Students and follow the steps to assign the student to a lattice. Then, from the same Assessment Tools menu or the Home Page, log in the student. The GEEL will save the results of the second, third, etc. passes separately from the results of any previous passes. You can then choose which individual Narrative Report you wish to review upon completion of each subsequent evaluation.

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How do I manage a large group?
Whether in a computer lab or a classroom, multiple children can use the GEEL simultaneously. Just set up and log in each child and let him or her run through the assessment. In a classroom environment, students can use the available computers while the rest of the class works on different activities.

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How long does it take for a student to complete the GEEL?
It will take each student approximately 30 minutes to complete a session of the GEEL.

The Pre-GEEL takes about 15 minutes.

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Are student results really private? Who else can see them?
The GEEL complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (C.O.P.P.A.). Only you and your school administrators have access to a student's results. Each user logs in to a secure server set up to house the specific data for your school and students. This protects a student's data from being accessed by any unauthorized person. When students finish the GEEL, they are logged out automatically, so they cannot view their own, or anyone else's, information.

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Using the GEEL

How many times should I use the GEEL?
We recommend using the GEEL three-to-five times throughout a school year in order to obtain baseline data and then measure a student’s progress. Three passes is the recommended minimum number needed to reach the full depth of the assessment.

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Will the GEEL help to prepare students for standardized tests?
Although the academic skills assessed in the GEEL are based upon national, state and developmental standards, the GEEL itself was not designed to correlate with any one specific standardized test. However, the GEEL will help you to track your students’ progress in relation to the standards tested on other measurements. Because the GEEL connects with current research on children’s learning in language arts and mathematics, the results will also help you to evaluate your children’s progress in your own standards-based curriculum. The GEEL is criterion referenced, rather than norm referenced.

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Does the GEEL replace other tests that my students already take?
The skills evaluated in the GEEL academic components correspond to skills measured in other assessments, including the Brigance and Sunshine Batteries, the Dibels, and the Woodcock-Johnson. In addition, the GEEL exceeds these other assessments in measuring attributes which impact a child’s learning, including vision, hearing, motor skills, cognition, and social-emotional development.

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Does the GEEL correspond to my state and local standards?
The GEEL is not designed to correspond to any particular set of state, local, or national standards. Rather, it is a compilation of national and state standards and current research. The GEEL, therefore, represents the “best of” standards for Language Arts and Mathematics.

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Does the GEEL assign grade-level descriptors?
Individual tasks are scored using expectations of grade-appropriate skills based upon standards. The student's performance on each sub-task or concept is described in detail so that you can correlate them to your school's specific standards. We believe this approach surpasses a single numeric, and often inconsistent, grade-level stamp.

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Can I use the GEEL for all of my students?
The GEEL is designed to evaluate key psychophysical, cognitive, social-emotional and academic attributes for students of all abilities. It provides beneficial information for all of your students.

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Are there optimal times during the school year to use the GEEL?
We recommend using the GEEL in the beginning of the school year in order to identify the baseline skill levels of your students. After that initial assessment, we recommend running students through the GEEL every one to three months, in order to measure learning progress, and to delve deeper into GEEL content.

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