Considerations for Modified Courses

You can create modified courses for students who may need to be assessed at a standard other than their grade level. Keep in mind that creating a modified course requires a lot of extra work, has many implications, and needs to be coordinated at a district level. Reducing the rigor for a student is a decision that should not be taken lightly.

A major consideration is that when creating a modified course, any changes made in the original course do not automatically copy over to the modified course—so you must maintain two separate sets of projects and Focus Areas.

When you modify a course:

  • You can create a discrepancy between the student's grade level and the grade level of the Cognitive Skill score band
  • You can change Content Assessment questions and resources in Focus Areas
  • You can change Checkpoints and resources in projects
  • You can change the number of Focus Areas that a student needs to pass in a given academic year to accommodate for extended time

To create a modified course, you should first communicate with your School Leader, learning team, Special Education team, case managers, and your school's Summit Success Manager to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken. 

If your school uses Clever, to enroll students in a modified course, you must create a separate course in your Student Information System (SIS). Once your SIS syncs with the Summit Learning Platform, enrolled students will appear in the course.

Here are a few additional resources to support the application of modifications within a Summit Learning Context:

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