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[Feature Focus] Exact Path Assignments

Thursday, December 7, 2017 -- Madison Michell

I think we can all agree that programs that personalize learning through computer adaptive tests and individualized learning paths are making it a lot easier to meet students where they are. With technology like this, your class of 20+ students can all be working on personalized lessons and activities at their own pace to achieve their unique goals. But, even when technology does it’s best to work WITH you, there’s nothing like the all-seeing-eyes of an educator to determine what’s best for students. That’s where our new Exact Path assignments feature comes into play.

For current Exact Path customers, we know you’re putting the power of our adaptive diagnostic assessment to work 2-4 times a year to automatically create high-quality learning paths that include content arranged along a valid progression of K-12 curriculum. Now, we want to give you even more flexibility to search for additional content, build just-in-time assignments, and drive meaningful intervention.

Coming December 12th (yep, that’s next week!), we’re introducing an easy-to-use Exact Path assignment creation tool. So, how does it work? Here’s the breakdown:

1. Search for Content: Start by using our Content Search area to pinpoint the lessons, activities, videos, printable worksheets, and suggested Study Island topics you’re looking for. Use the filters available to refine your search by subject, grade, and domain, then choose a skill or standard. Want to skip ahead? A quick search bar is also available to speed things up.

 Exact Path Assignments Content Search

2. Create an Assignment: After conducting your search, preview any elements before assigning, then click the blue ‘Assign’ button for the content you’d like to select. A pop up will guide you through naming your assignment, determining dates for availability, and selecting students. Your first assignment will be ready in no time!

3. Track Student Progress: Keep an eye on how your students are doing as they work through the assignments you’ve created from the Assignments tab. Each assignment will appear as a separate tile for you to drill into. Make edits at any time, and review the progress learners are making through the curriculum. The amount of time spent, progress status, and scores are all recorded here.

Exact Path Assignments Creation

You can put this new feature to use in several different ways. As we worked to learn more about educator needs, we uncovered three important uses for the search content and assignments tool. As you review these three possible applications, think about what would make the most sense for your students.

1. Just-in-time practice
While it’s important to ensure students are working at their own instructional level, there are also times where you need all students to focus on a particular standard or skill in alignment with your scope and sequence. The assignments tool makes this possible. Build a single assignment for your entire class with a few clicks. You can even build a set of assignments that address the same skill at varying levels. For struggling learners, perhaps you scaffold learning by offering two assignments: one below grade level and another on grade level. For your accelerated learners, consider creating an above grade level assignment on the specific topic so they experience the appropriate level of challenge while still practicing the same concept as the rest of the class.

2. Remediation or Extension
While Exact Path’s adaptive learning paths are designed to automatically provide necessary remediation or extension, the assignments feature offers a few additional options to help you drive individualized support. For starters, from the assignments area you can access learning videos that aren’t otherwise offered in the learning path. Additionally, there are some printable resources found in the content search area that you can use to build offline assignments. This includes worksheets as well as lesson ideas that you can preview online and then print for personal use. Use these tools to help align your next round of small-group instruction with what students are doing in the program.

3. Reinforcement prior to test day
So, your students mastered a topic back in October, but come March (and high-stakes assessments) do they remember everything they once knew? Leverage assignments to refresh your class on skills and standards you know will be on their high-stakes summative exams. The Knowledge Map can help you quickly identify who in your class might benefit from additional reinforcement on a particular topic. Then, head to the assignments area and build the scaffolded practice you’re looking for, so you can rest assured students will be ready for test day.

Interested in learning more about all of the latest features available in Edmentum Exact Path? Visit our What’s New page for a complete digest, or watch this recorded webinar to see all latest enhancements in action!