Updated: Jan 6
In a Competency-Based System, answering the question "How is my student doing?" can be difficult. Activity scores, overall standards scores, goals, and progress can make the answer fairly complex for many students and parents. In order to address this issue, Empower has developed a method to distill all this data down into one, simple metric. We call this Pacing.
To put it simply, Empower is able to identify students as On Pace, Behind Pace, or Ahead of Pace in their scheduled courses or in an overall content area. To make this work, Empower sets goals, and consistently monitors a student's progress towards completion of those goals. These goals can be set manually by teachers, or can be created behind the scenes automatically based on courses that have been set up in Empower.
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Teachers are required to manually enter and update student pacing notifications. If any manual pacing is set for students, it will override any course or goal based pacing that may be set. -Progress Report Comment & Manual Pace Video
Empower automatically calculates goals, growth, and pacing based on an identified set of standards that will be covered in each class. If this option is selected, it is important to make sure Course Playlists are setup.
Teachers or administrators manually set growth goals for students in content areas. If this option is selected, it is important to make sure that Goals are set when needed.
Manual & Course
Teachers can rely on automatic pacing notifications, but have the ability to manually override when needed. If this option is selected, it is important to make sure Course Playlists are setup.
Manual & Goals
Teachers can rely on growth goals to create pacing notifications, but have the ability to manually override when needed. If this option is selected, it is important to make sure that Goals are set when needed.
Manual, Course, & Goals
All three pacing tools are available to teachers and administrators. If this option is selected, it is important to make sure Course Playlists are setup, and that Goals are set when needed for content areas. See the first FAQ below for how Empower balances all three methods.
Q: If we are using more than one pacing method, which is dominant?
If a teacher entered a student's pace manually in the Progress Report comments page, then it overrides everything below.
If pace has not been set manually, AND if a student has goals set up specifically in the Goal Setting tool, then their home page and Goal Dashboard will show the pacing based on this goal.
If pace is not set manually nor do students have specific goals set, AND they have a Course Playlist assigned to them, then Empower will calculate pace based on course duration (days), current date, and number of total/scores standards in the Course Playlist Big Idea. Think of it like setting a goal automatically based on the course playlist information.
If None of the above, then no pacing will be shown. Empower will display a grey In Progress box.
Q: If pace is manually entered, how long does that remain the dominant pace?
A: Pace is manually set within the context of a Progress Period. So when the period ends, the setting is no longer held and Empower will calculate pace without reference to that manually set score for the (now current) progress period.
Q: Does Pace change in real time? A: No, Pace won't update real time. It will crash the system. Pace will calculate overnight.
Q: Can we weight standards? A: Yes. By default all standards are considered equal, but you can weight them in the Standards Editor Tool.
Q: Can we create a PLP for students? A: Yep! Watch a video about it HERE.
Q: Do evidence scores count toward pace progress?
A: No, overall scores only, but each increment in the overall score counts.