How do you calculate time practiced on Freckle?

In the Activity Feed on the teacher home, you'll notice that we list the amount of time a student practiced on Freckle. Most Freckle practice modes track the amount of time students are actively working on a session. When monitoring the amount of time your students practice on Freckle, it's important to take the following into account.

We only include the time that students practice with a Freckle product open on an active working session.

Students might spend time clicking around the dashboard, going to the piggy store, looking at their badge library, browsing ELA articles, etc.—the time spent doing those activities will not be included as time practiced on Freckle. We do this on purpose to allow teachers to truly track the amount of time students spend working on the program.

Some students may also exit the Freckle program and go explore something else on their devices. When this occurs, we will not count that time spent on the computer as time practiced on Freckle because they were not working on Freckle.

Most Freckle products support the tracking of time practiced, but some do not.

Products that calculate time practiced:

  • Adaptive Math
  • Targeted Math
  • Math Assignments
  • Fact Practice
  • Number Facts
  • Math Benchmark Assessments
  • ELA Skills Practice
  • ELA Articles
  • ELA Stories
  • Word Study
  • Decodables
  • Sight Words
  • District Benchmark Assessments
  • Science Articles
  • Social Studies Articles

Products that do not calculate time practiced:

  • Inquiry-based lessons
  • ELA Benchmark Assessments
  • ELA/Science/Social Studies Writing

This means that if your students spend 10 minutes on inquiry-based lessons, or ELA Assessments, that 10 minutes will not appear as part of their total time practiced on the various reports.

If students keep Freckle open during an active working session and go do something else on the computer, we will still calculate that as time practiced on Freckle.

At this time, we don’t have complete insight into whether students are actively working on Freckle while a session is open. We use the best data available to calculate time spent, which in most cases is the length of time a session is open and/or how long it takes a student to answer a particular question or set of questions. Because of this, we recommend students remain focused while on Freckle. If they do have something else to take care of while on a device, we recommend they log out of the Freckle session (and maybe the program itself) before doing so.

There are certain actions that may interrupt time tracking, which may lead to discrepancies with reporting.

  • Closing a browser or tab in the middle of a session, or putting the device to sleep may interrupt time tracking.
  • In Adaptive and Targeted Math, the "Are you still there?" modal pauses time practiced.
  • Exiting a session in the middle of it by clicking on the Freckle logo or logging out will interrupt time tracking. Note that Freckle will prompt students to inform them that their progress will not be saved.

Students can track time practiced in Freckle Math and ELA using My Tracker on their dashboard.

Although all students can see their current day's time spent on their dashboard home page, students in grades 6–12 can use an additional dashboard feature, My Tracker, to hold themselves accountable with assignment completion, progress, and time. Using this tool, students can track their time practiced in Freckle Math and ELA. For this dashboard view only, time spent is rounded to the nearest increment of five.