When you're planning your curriculum in JumpRope, you're asked to tell the Planning Tool what "type" of assessments (or evidence) you're using to collect mastery data. Since JumpRope launched over three years ago, we've had a fixed set of assessment types based in part of Backwards Design theory and best practices. As we've grown, three requests have come up a number of times:
- the ability to add or change the available assessment types
- the ability to assign weight to assessments based on the selected type
- the ability to run reports based on assessment types (to see how students are performing in various situations)
Customizing Assessment Types & Weights
Customizing the assessment types for your account is easy: simply go to the third step of the planning tool and click on the icon indicated here:
This will bring up the Assessment Type popup:
What you'll see when you first open the box is the default list of assessment types, set by either your school or JumpRope. You can edit, add, or remove types within the list, and even change the default weight associated with each type. Note: changing assessment types only affects assessments that you create from this point forward - it does NOT change the type or weight of assessments that you have already created.
Coming soon, we'll allow these types and weights to be set at the school-wide level. For now, each teacher can customize their assessment types without affecting anyone else's settings. Make sure to save your changes when you're done!
Reporting on Assessment Type
To add further value to this new feature, we've added a couple of reports that show data by assessment types so that you can analyze how your students are performing across different units and standards on each individual assessment type. These are available in a couple of different places. First, you can view reports by assessment type in the Courses->Mastery tab, as shown here:
Of course, you can also take advantage of the new Mastery Pivot format for a different angle on the data:
We've also enabled school-wide assessment-type reports within the Backoffice, so that teacher leaders and administrators can use this data point to analyze student mastery across all teachers at a school.
I'm excited to hear your feedback on this new feature, and to see the clever ways that it is used to offer better feedback to (and gather more useful data on) your students. As always, let us know below if you have any questions or comments!