With schools using remote learning during the COVID-19 school closures, the Summit Learning team will launch specific platform features to address the unique needs of our teachers and students during this time. You can keep up-to-date with each feature by checking this article.
For feature launches unrelated to our COVID-19 response work, please check our Platform Updates article.
- Plan for Next Year with New Comprehensive Data Reports
Now more than ever, schools need access to comprehensive data to understand how COVID19 school closures impacted student progress. School leaders can get this data in Data Downloads by exporting new grade-level and subject-matter reports--all from one source, even after academic year rollover--to help teachers plan targeted instruction to address any COVID-related learning gaps.
- Updating the calendar for the following year
Previously, schools had to roll over to the following academic year before they could edit the calendar. Now, school leaders can set their dates before rolling over, which helps with planning for the next year. These dates also inform Success Managers support plans.
Using the Summit Learning platform over the summer
We know that this year students may be working into the summer to make up course work. To make that easier, courses won’t lock as they have in previous years. This means you can continue to assign and score projects, students can continue to work on Focus Areas, and grades will update even after the last platform date at your school has passed. For more information, please see our Extended Learning FAQ.
- Student notifications for shared plans
Students can now see when you share plans with them. They’ll get a notification automatically from their avatar from the bottom left of their page.
- In-platform announcements
Teachers asked for a way to make announcements to students during school closures. We created an announcement feature that will allow teachers to post messages to their students directly on the platform. Learn more.
- Sound alerts for Content Assessment Requests
Teachers can now enable a sound alert to hear incoming content assessment requests. Learn more.
- School-wide Focus Areas Exemptions
Admins can now write in to exempt all focus areas that are off-track after a certain day. This means upcoming focus areas will not count towards student grades. We’ll automatically un-exempt at the beginning of the following year so that students can continue their work on these focus areas. Learn more.
- Assessment Start-Time Extension
Students currently have 10 minutes to start content assessments after a teacher approves the requests. We understand that 10 minutes may not be enough time with remote learning. In response to your feedback, we created an extension on assessment start times-- schools can now extend that start time to 30 minutes or 8 hours.
To extend the assessment start time at your school, please have your school leader submit a ticket to request this change.