This article is intended for school and district administrators using our District Edition that are responsible for setting up the bank of standards for teachers to use in the gradebook throughout the year. If you are a teacher using the Plan tab or School Edition customer, consider checking out this document instead.
Though the goal is usually to settle on a stable and consistent bank of standards so that teachers can easily re-use curriculum and measure progress from year-to-year, there are many cases when changes need to be made. In order to preserve the integrity of your existing data (scores, curriculum, and reports), JumpRope's Standard Bank tool includes the ability to create versioned copies of the standard bank for a new year. This way, you can make changes to the bank for an upcoming school year without affecting existing student grades.
Do you want to start fresh or continue from last year?
In the past our recommendation was to create a new version for each school year regardless of a minimum of changes being made to the standards. As our experience and that of our customers has grown, we've moved to recommending that a new 'version' be created only if you are making fairly vast and/or drastic changes (think: calculation changing and/or majority of standard language changing). Please consult with our support team if you are intending to make sweeping changes to your standards bank.
In most cases, you need to make small edits or additions to your bank of standards but the majority of the bank will be the same as previous years. JumpRope considers it a best practice to "stabilize" your standards bank as much as possible from year to year so that existing units and assessments can be re-used by teachers and so that mastery reports have continuity from year to year. See below for more help regarding small changes to existing standards.
****If you plan to make any changes beyond small edits or additions to your standard bank, please reach out to JumpRope support to ask for a new copy of your bank for the new year. We will archive the existing bank to preserve historical data, and provide you with a new working copy.***
In the case that you do have more than one bank available and in order to make sure that teachers do not mistakenly use an old (and obsolete) bank or a bank that is still being designed (such as over the summer), each bank of standards is assigned a status:
- Design. A bank that is in Design mode is not yet accessible in the Teacher Dashboard, but administrators can access it. While in this mode, you have the flexibility to:
- Create a brand new standard and add it to the new bank.
- "Pull" an existing standard from a published or archived bank to "re-use" in the new bank.
- Remove a standard from the bank (this does not delete existing data in other banks).
- Make small edits to existing standards in the bank (think fixing typos or editing for clarity). The amount of characters that you edit an already scored standard by is limited to 10% of the original length. This is to avoid changing the meaning of already scored standards.
- Published. A bank that is "published" is available to teachers to create curriculum and enter scores. Typically you will want to move a bank into Published mode before teachers begin planning for the upcoming year. While a bank is in Published mode, you can make the following changes:
- Make small edits to existing standards in the bank (think fixing typos or editing for clarity)
- Create a brand new standard (if you forgot one in design mode)
- Remove a standard from the bank.
- Archived. A bank that is Archived is not available for editing either in the Teacher Dashboard or for administrators. If you are planning to make substantial changes for the upcoming school year, your existing bank will typically be archived in order to make sure that teachers don't mistakenly use the old bank moving forward. In this mode, you cannot add, edit, or remove standards from the bank nor can teachers design curriculum with the bank.
Managing Child Standards
Please see this document Managing Child Standards for more detail on the following tasks.
- Creating a new Child Standard individually or in bulk.
- Editing an existing child standard.
- In some rare cases you may wish to make edits to existing standards. PLEASE NOTE: in most cases, if you wish to substantially change the text or properties of a standard, it is better to remove the old standards from the bank and create new standards in their place. In this way, scores entered for those standards in previous years will continue to be associated with the original meaning but new mastery data can be associated with the new standards.
- For this reason, we limit the changes that can be made to a child standard once scores have been entered. You can only make typo-related changes (less than 10% of the title can be changed). To make small, non-substantive edits to a standard, you can simply locate the standard and click on the title to be taken to the edit page. If you need to make changes beyond this or have related questions, please contact JumpRope Support.
- Removing a child standard from a bank.
- Removing a child standard from your bank is much like archiving or retiring the standard. You may wish to do this if a standard is no longer relevant or has been replaced with a substantially different standard. Note that this is different than deleting a standard entirely, which can only be done if no scores have been entered for a standard. Removing a standard from a bank simply means that teachers can no longer align future assessments to that standard nor will they see it in their gradebook any longer; it will not affect historical mastery data or reports.
Managing Parent Standards
Please see this document Managing Parent Standards for more detail on the following tasks.
- Creating a new Parent Standard individually or in bulk.
- Editing an existing Parent Standard.
- Though in general parent standards should remain consistent from year to year, it is possible to change the title, description, and/or content area of a graduation standard even after scores have been entered for it's related child standards. These changes will be immediately reflected on proficiency transcripts and mastery reports for affected students including historical data.
- Removing a Parent Standard from a bank.
- Removing a graduation standard from your bank can be done following the same instructions as removing a child standard. However, note that this will not automatically remove the related child standards from the bank. Rather, you must first filter and bulk-remove the related child standards if you wish to completely remove a parent standard and its children.