Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Focus Areas are the concepts and content knowledge that students need to master to have a base level understanding of the content. Every time your student completes a Focus Area by passing a Content Assessment, it moves to the left in the This Year page.

Projects have Power and sometimes Additional and Challenge Focus Areas. Power Focus Areas are needed to complete projects and become college-ready, and students must pass ALL Power Focus Areas to pass a course. Additional and Challenge Focus Areas are also important, but they are not essential to successfully completing a project and are optional; however, Additional Focus Areas still count towards a student’s final grade.  

Focus Areas Color Key:

  • Green = Focus area is complete
  • Red = Focus area is not complete and behind the pacing line OR focus area has been attempted but not passed

If you click on a Focus Area from the Current or This Year pages, you will go to the Focus Area Overview page. In the Focus Area page, you can see:

  • Learning objectives for the focus area are listed on the left column
  • Description of what the playlist teaches the student and what he/she should understand after completing the Focus Area
  • Key terms that the student should understand after completing the Focus Area
  • Playlist of resources organized by the learning objectives.
  • Diagnostic & content assessment scores to see if they have passed the Focus Area and how many attempts they made




A playlist is a compilation of carefully curated and diverse learning resources that students use to master content. Summit teachers have curated the best of their own curriculum, as well as academic, research, and news publications to help our students learn a topic. We provide materials in different formats -- text, video, audio -- to meet the needs of our student’s diverse learning styles.

The playlist is organized by objective, and each objective has a Check for Understanding. The Check for Understanding has a series of questions and answers to those questions. This allows the student to try to answer the questions and check whether they understand the topic and have met the objective.


Diagnostic Assessment

To help students determine what they should focus on and how much knowledge they already have on the Focus Areas, students can take the Diagnostic Assessment. Students can take these assessment as many times as they wish, and the questions will always be the same. After taking a diagnostic test students are given feedback on how they did on each objective (more details on that below).


Content Assessments

Once a student feels they have mastered the content in this focus area they will click the "Request Content Assessment" button. The button updates that an assessment has been requested, and the student will need to wait for teacher approval.

Once a teacher has approved the content assessment request, the student can click the "Start Assessment" button on the Focus Area. The student will need to answer all ten questions before they can click to finish the assessment. After one hour if the student has not finished the assessment, it is automatically ended, the student will not get credit for it, and they will need to request to take that assessment again.


Diagnostic & Content Assessment Scores

After a student finishes a diagnostic test or a content assessment, they will be given their overall score and feedback for each objective. If a student passes the content assessment, the title of the focus area turns green and whenever a student encounters this focus area in the Summit Learning Platform (on the "This Year" page, on a project page, etc) the Focus Area will be colored green.  

Previous Content Assessments

You can also click to see all previous content assessments your student took and how he/she performed on them by clicking the "See All Assessments" link. This will bring up a dialog where you can see all previous Diagnostic and Content Assessment results.

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  • I think it would be more helpful if we were taught more about hwo to pass the actual playlist and some tips, maybe?

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