From the calendar page, you will need to enter key dates for your academic year. Most importantly you'll need to enter Platform Dates, MAP testing windows, and Non-Instructional Periods, all of which determine the pacing of the blue line in each course and when students will be held responsible for using and working on the Platform.
How do I set calendar dates?
- Click "Setup" from the menu
- Click "Calendar"
- Select the year from the top right
- Go to "Important Dates"
- Click "Academic Year"
- Enter the first and last dates of your school's academic year. Click "Enter"
- Next click "Platform Dates"
- Enter the first and last dates that students will be using the platform for academic purposes. Click "Enter"
- Click to add "MAP Testing window" dates for when your school will be administering the Fall and Spring tests
- Click "+ Add Non-Instructional Period"
- Enter the dates for any period of time that students will not be using the platform (ex: school holidays, teacher workdays), as well as a description of the non-instructional period Click "Enter"
- Click "Save Changes"
Note: Non-instructional dates cannot occur after a Platform or Academic Date. This means that you may need to remove or adjust non-instructional dates in order to select a different Platform or Academic Date
What do these terms mean?
- Academic Dates
- The first and last day of your school year.
- Platform Dates
- The first and last day that students will use the Platform. Platform Dates determine when students will be held responsible for using and completing their work in the platform.
- Platform dates determine when the pacing line starts and stops moving. The blue vertical Pacing Line indicates where a student should be today to be on track, or on-pace, to complete a given course by the end of the school year.
- MAP Testing Window
- Enter dates to track when you'll be administering the Fall and Spring MAP tests. Note that dates entered here do not affect the Pacing Line. Learn more about how to purchase MAP tests.
- Non-Instructional Periods
- Enter the dates for any period of time that students will not be using the platform (ex: school holidays, teacher work days), as well as a description of the non-instructional period.
- Weekends by default are considered non-instructional periods. The dates entered here pauses the pacing line and can be adjusted at any time.
How do the dates affect my students?
Platform Dates, MAP testing windows, and Non-Instructional periods all determine the number of days that students have to complete coursework and master Focus Areas in the platform.
The pace of the blue line in each course at your school is calculated by number of Platform Dates subtracted by the sum of the days that students will be taking MAP testing (MAP testing window) and the days that your students will not be using the Platform (Non-Instructional periods).