Setting Up New Learning Schedules for Class Groups
When you set up your Learning Schedule, you choose the start and end dates for groups in your class and the number of days that you want in each Assignment Plan within the schedule. You also choose whether to use a specific grade or subject or to use a Star Recommended schedule.
A grade-specific or subject-specific Learning Schedule adds a set of related skills to each Assignment Plan in a recommended progression for the choice you made. A Star Recommended Learning Schedule adds skills based on the median Star Math Scaled Score of the students in the group. After you create a Learning Schedule, you can see the skills and subskills that have been added to each Assignment Plan and make changes as needed.
Students receive practices for subskills in the current Assignment Plan, based on the order of skills in that Assignment Plan. Throughout the Assignment Plan, you can also generate tests so that students can demonstrate that they have learned the subskills.
Follow the steps below to set up a new Learning Schedule. (You can change Learning Schedules after you set them up.)
Who can do this with default capabilities?
District Administrators, School Administrators, Teachers
- On the Home page, select Accelerated Math 2.0.
- Select Learning Schedule in the links to the right of the Accelerated Math logo.
- Use the drop-down lists at the top of the page to choose the school and class if necessary.
- If you have not yet set up a Learning Schedule for any group in the class, go to step 5 below.
If you want to set up a new Learning Schedule for a group that doesn't have one yet, you will see options like those shown below. Select Create; then, go to step 5 below. (If you prefer to have the group use a Learning Schedule that you've already added for another group, select Add to Existing and select the Learning Schedule.)
- In the drop-down list, select a grade or subject, or select Star Recommended if you want Accelerated Math to select recommended skills based on the median Star Math Scaled Score for the group.
A Star Recommended Learning Schedule is usually used for Intervention groups. The initial skill in the Learning Schedule is based on the median Star Math Scaled Score of the students in the group, and subsequent skills are selected based on the recommended teachable order. When you choose Star Recommended, you can choose the number of hours per week the student is on task, and Accelerated Math will adjust the number of subskills included in the Learning Schedule based on this information. The Star Recommended option is not available if your students have not taken Star Math tests.
- Next, select (check) the groups that the Learning Schedule is for.
Choose groups that are likely to use the same Learning Schedule throughout the class timeframe or school year; you cannot remove a group from a Learning Schedule later.
- Choose the start and end dates for the Learning Schedule. You select each date to choose a new date from a popup calendar, or you can select and drag the dates in the timeline to set new dates.
Below the schedule timeline, you'll see the median starting Star Math Scaled Score for the group (if Scaled Scores are available) and the Projected Scaled Score by the end date (if the projection is available). The Projected score will change as you move the end date.
Scaled Scores (and the resulting Projected scores) are available in the timeline the day after students test. To see Projected scores, you must have a test in the last 2 years.
In some cases, the Projected score may be lower than the last Star Scaled Score. To generate the Projected score, the software looks at students in the same grade nationally that have a similar starting score. For some higher scores within a grade, 50% of students have a slight decrease in Scaled Score by the end of the year. This can happen because showing growth is less common for students who are already top achievers.
For the start date, you can choose today's date or any date after today in the school year. For the end date, you can choose any date after the start date and before (or on) the last day of the school year.
For many class groups, the Learning Schedule time period is usually the duration of the class. For groups that require intervention, this is the length of the intervention period.
- Enter the number of days for each Assignment Plan in the Learning Schedule. Assignment Plans break up the Learning Schedule into manageable sets of skills for you and your students; they can help you keep groups of students working on the same skills over a set period of time. (For Intervention, you may choose to use one Assignment Plan for the entire Learning Schedule.)
- If you chose to create a Star Recommended Learning Schedule, choose whether to include all skills or just Focus Skills by selecting one of the options. (Using Focus Skills only may allow students who are behind their peers to catch up more quickly.)
Focus skills are the skills that are most critical for success at each grade level.
When you choose only to include Focus Skills, since the software will skip any non-Focus Skills, the starting skill for the Learning Schedule will depend on the next applicable Focus Skill.
The software determines the median Scaled Score for the groups that are using the Learning Schedule. Then, in the Learning Progression, the software uses that score to determine the "entry points," or the first skills for the Learning Schedule. The first applicable skill that has subskills is selected.
If you choose to include Focus Skills only, the software will skip non-Focus Skills. To determine the entry point, or starting skill, for the Learning Schedule, the software will go to the first applicable Focus Skill with subskills.
For Star Recommended Learning Schedules, you must also choose the number of hours per week that the student is on task for this Learning Schedule (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5). Accelerated Math uses this information to determine how many skills students can complete in the Learning Schedule.
- Select Save when you are done (or Cancel if you decide not to save your changes).
Below the Learning Schedule information, you will see a timeline that shows you the starting date for the learning schedule, the ending date, and today's date. The Assignment Plans will be shown by the alternating colors on the schedule timeline.
After a Learning Schedule is created, you can see the skills that have been added to each Assignment Plan, and you can make changes as needed. (The icon on each skill shows you the domain.) You can also adjust the dates for specific assignment plans and change the Learning Schedule type, but you cannot change the groups associated with the Learning Schedule. To make changes or view information, do the following:
- To change the schedule type (a grade/subject or Star Recommended), the class dates, the number of days per Assignment Plan, or time on task (for Star Recommended Learning Schedules):
Select the arrow next to the Schedule Setup section at the top of the page; then, select Edit Schedule. After you make your changes, select Save, or select Cancel (or the arrow again) if you have no changes to make. When you update, a message will remind you that this could change future assignments for your students; if you want to continue, select Yes; if not, select No.
If you change the schedule type (a grade/subject or Star Recommended), your students' assignments for the current selection will no longer be shown on the Progress
Dashboard page; this includes scores for completed assignments. If you go back to the original schedule type later, Accelerated Math will remember the progress your students had made on subskills, but practice and test scores from that previous work will no longer be available.
- To move dates from one Assignment Plan to another:
To move the last date in an Assignment Plan to the next plan, select the arrow pointing down .
To move the first date in an Assignment Plan to the previous plan, select the arrow pointing up .
As you move dates, note that the number of days listed to the right of the Assignment Plan changes.
- To add skills to an Assignment Plan:
To view the standard for each skill:
- Select Add Skills below the list of skills in the Assignment Plan.
- In the window that opens, check the Grade (or subject for high school). Any grade or subject for which you have already added all skills will not be listed.
- Check the Domain in the second column.
- In the Standard column, check the standards that include the skills you want to add.
- In the Skills column, check the skills that you want to add to the Assignment Plan.
- Select Save.
Above the skill description, you will see the standard that applies to the skill (or the number of standards if more than one applies to the skill). Select this information to see the full description of the standard(s). When you have finished reading the description, close the popup window.
To delete skills from an Assignment Plan:
Select the X to the right of the skill description and standard number. (The X will turn red when you move the mouse cursor over it or when you select it.) When you delete skills that students have already worked on, you will no longer see that work on the Progress Dashboard page; if you add the skills back in later, the Progress Dashboard will show the progress your students previously made on those skills, but it will no longer show you the scores for those past practices and tests.
To change the order of skills or to move them to different Assignment Plans:
Select the skill that you want to move and drag the skill to its new position or to a different Assignment Plan. The other skills will adjust to allow for the skill's new position. If you move skills to different Assignment Plans, make sure that each Assignment Plan only has the number of skills that you and your students can complete in that time period.
If you don't see the skills and standards that you expect to see, on the Home page, the software administrator or district administrator can change the Learning Standards being used for math. The administrator can select different math standards, but any class that has already begun working with the original standards will continue to use those standards. To use the new standards, create a new class; new classes will use the new standards automatically.