How do I manage Focus Area exemptions and masteries for students?

 

How do I exempt students from completing Focus Areas? 
How do I grant Focus Area masteries?


How do I exempt students from completing Focus Areas?

Note: This feature is only available to users with admin level accounts. 

You can exempt students from completing focus areas when they transfer to your school mid-year. You should not use this tool if a student is behind and want to catch him or her up, or if a student scored a 7/10 on a Content Assessment.

      1. Click Setup
      2. Click Students
      3. Find the student who needs a focus area exemption
      4. Click the three dots next to the student's name
      5. Click the Manage Focus Areas tab
      6. Select Exemptions or Mastery 
      7. Type in the name of the focus area
      8. Enter the reason for the exemption 
      9. Check I understand when to exempt focus areas for a student 
      10. Click Add Exemption
      11. Click Close
At the end of the week, all admins at your school will receive a confirmation email with a summary of exemptions from the past week. 
 
When a student is granted mastery for a focus area, those focus areas will turn green and remain on the Power, Additional, or Challenge focus area row. 
 
When a student receives exemptions for focus areas, those focus area will move to the Other Focus Areas row on their Year page.  All focus areas in this row do not count towards a student's grade.  The remaining focus areas will be redistributed evenly across their respective rows. 
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You may also consider exempting students from Projects

How do I grant Focus Area masteries? 

Note: This feature is only available to users with admin level accounts. 

You can grant students masteries for focus areas directly on the Summit Learning Platform. Focus areas masteries may be granted when you want the student to have the focus area shown in the Year Page as mastered or green. If you'd like the focus area to not appear at all, please see this article on how to exempt students from Focus Areas.  

  1. Click Setup
  2. Click Students
  3. Find the student who needs a focus area mastery
  4. Click the three dots next to the student's name
  5. Click the Manage Focus Areas tab
  6. Click Mastery
  7. Type in the Focus Area name (be sure that the focus area ID matches the 6 digits at the end of the focus area URL) 
  8. Type in a Reason for Mastery
  9. Check I understand when to grant mastery for focus areas for a student
  10. Click Add mastery
  11. Click Close

 

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4 comments
  • Where do you type in to request exempting a student from the focus area?

  • Hi Hollan!

    Admins will have the ability to exempt focus areas from the students' "Focus Area Exemptions" window. When Admins begin typing key words or phrases a focus area has, the search bar will populate various focus areas matching what is being typed in.

    Hope that answers your question!

  • I see how to exempt a student and this is helpful for transfer students that have joined the class at the Semester mark. The problem I've now noticed is that it adjusted their calendar and two Power Focus Areas automatically went red/incomplete. Is there a way to exempt focus areas but not have the overall calendar change?

  • Is it possible for me as a special educator to exempt students from certain focus areas on a case by case basis (per a student's IEP) without needing administrator privileges?

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