The Standards Bank is a school-wide bank of standards which may be provided by the administration or may be something that individual teachers contribute towards. This article describes how to add individual standards to the Standards Bank for your class.
NOTE: Unlike in the original JumpRope Plan tab, all standards in the Standards Bank will be visible to other teachers at your school and available for them to assess in their own courses. The goal is to build a school-wide bank of standards that "lives on over time," so take care to first search for an existing standard. If you are sure that the appropriate standard does not yet exist, take care to check your standard for typos and to file it in the proper Grade Level and Content Area.
It is worth noting that the Standards Bank is hierarchical, which means that it has "parent" and "child" standards. Your school may refer to these in various ways, such as "Graduation Standards and Learning Targets" or as "Long Term and Short Term Targets." Important: you must add a Parent Standard before you add any of its Child Standards.
Adding a New Standard to the Bank
- Access the Plan tab and select a course (or create a Course Template) that you would like to associate with your new standard (you can add the standard to additional courses later - let's focus on adding the standards first)
- Click on Add or Edit Standards towards the left of the Plan tab, which will bring up the Standards Bank.
- Important: before you add the standard, first look through the Standards Bank to make sure that the particular standard (or one effectively the same) does not already exist. You can filter the Standards Bank by content area, grade level, or even key words within the standards to make this easier. It is very important not to let the Standards Bank become too cluttered: remember, we want to build an authorative, school-wide bank of standards and all standards are visible to all teachers at the school.
- Once you have determined that an identical / very similar standard does not yet already exist, click on "Add a Standard" in blue at the top-left of the Standards Bank. This will open the New Standard popup.
- Fill out the required fields:
- Title. This is the standard itself. Standards will sort alphabetically by their title, so it is often recommended to begin them with a code that will sort in the desired order.
- Description. This is optional, but can be useful for providing context to other teachers.
- Type. Note that if you are creating a Child Standard, the Type must match the Type of the Parent Standard.-
- Depth/Level. This is important and a little tricky: a Parent Standard should have a Level of 2, and a Child Standard should have a Level of 1. Just memorize it :)
- Parent. This is only visible for Child Standards with a level of 1. Use the search field to select thre Parent Standard you would like the Child Standard to belong to.
- Content Area. It is important to set this to the appropriate value in order to later sort and filter the Standards Bank.
- Grade Level. Used for filtering and sorting.
- When you are done, click the Save button and your new standard is available in the Standards Bank!
- Important: In JumpRope, you can only assess Child Standards directly (standards with a depth/level of 1). The mastery level of Parent Standards will be determined automatically by the system based on the mastery shown on the related child standards. You will thank us later.. but for now remember that you have to add at least one Child Standard before you can align it to assessments or enter scores.