Believe me - I want to guard your ability to enter curriculum in the Planning Tool before you know specifics like the dates of individual assessments. I think it's a pretty cool feature that you can complete your curriculum planning before you enter grades or even know who your students will be - this authentically matches the way that most teachers work - or at least hope to work! - and is consistent with the concepts of backwards planning and authentic assessment.
Many advanced features of JumpRope reports depend on knowing the approximate date that a student was assessed. For example, if you're hoping to look up the most recent score for a student on a particular standard, we need to know when they were assessed (which, let's be honest, can be quite different from the actual date that a score was entered into the system). Other features like the Power Law, Growth Goals, and even proper sorting depend on this date. While we're working on our system to automatically read you mind and guess the date of the assessment, we're going to have to require you to enter the approximate assessment date so that the reports can be accurate. However, we don't make you do it until you actually begin to enter scores for the assessment, so feel free to plan to your heart's content!
If there isn't an exact date associated with the assessment (such as an ongoing project or assessment that had different dates for each student), we recommend entering the date that the assessment was due or was completed by all students. The most important thing is that the approximate order of assessments is preserved.
To set the assessment date, you can go into the planning tool or simply click on the "No Date" in the list of Assessments within the Grade tab to select the proper date - that's all you need to do!
Please let us know below if you have any comments or questions!