Manage Learning Standards
The Manage Learning Standards tool allows you to create, edit and organize standards for courses that have been published.
There are two types of entries in the learning standards tool:
|Organizational groups place learning standards into subdivisions like six week periods or instructional units.|
Learning Standards can be district and/or state objectives. They can also be place holders for additional resources, activities, and documents linked in the Scope and Sequence tab.
|Learning Standards can also be turned into Standard Groups. Standard Groups bring a second layer to the organizational group folders. Any learning Standard using this icon will display an expandable and collapsible option in the teacher curriculum pane and Scope and Sequence tab.|
Organizational groups allow you to divide a course's learning standards into a meaningful structure. Groups can be a time frame, such as a six-weeks, instructional units or both. The following outlines possible organization group structures:
Sample: Time Organization
First Six Weeks
Second Six Weeks
Third Six Weeks
Sample: Unit Organization
First Six Weeks: Unit 1
Second Six Weeks: Unit 2
Third Six Weeks: Unit 3
Creating Organizational Groups
To create an organizational group:
- Click the New Group button
- Enter the name of the organization group
- Click the Save button or hit the enter key
- Repeat this process until all organization groups are added
Organizational groups will always appear at the bottom of the list.
Associating TEKS Courses
Forethought courses are aligned to single or multiple TEKS courses to link learning standards to the TEKS. Although in most cases, each course will be linked to one TEKS course and each learning standard will be linked to one TEKS objective, there may be situations where you will want to combine courses or combine learning standards.
To link a Forethought course with a TEKS course:
- Select the Options tab on top
- Navigate to or search for the TEKS course you wish to link
- Check the associated course
- Click the Select Courses button
To link the English Language Proficiencies (ELPs) to a Forethought course:
- Select the Options tab on top
- Navigate to or search for ELP. (This will find the ELPs if you DO NOT include the s)
- Check the box beside English Language Proficiencies.
- Click the Select Courses button
- When you have selected all the TEKS, ELPs, and other standards that you want associated with the course, click Import Standards from Courses
NOTE: IF YOU ARE ALSO USING AWARE IN YOUR DISTRICT, after you have imported all the standards you want associated with the course, go back and uncheck all but the primary TEKS. The standards that are left checked will be associated with assessments created for this course in Aware.
Creating Learning Standards
Learning standards are stored in organizational groups and at least one organizational group must exist. Learning standards, like courses, do not become active until you publish them. This allows you to work and update a course without impacting teachers and the active curriculum.
Activities are linked to learning standards so caution should be taken when editing or removing learning standards that have been published. Changing the meaning of a learning standard can also have a negative impact if teachers have used the standard in their planners.
To add a new learning standard:
- Click the New Standardbutton
- Enter the text of the learning standard
- Select the desired standard decorator
- Select any associated TEKS objectives
- Click the Save button
Add a Learning Standard as a placeholder for curriculum documents:
You can add additional curriculum documents to your folders, such as frameworks, Year-at-a-Glance documents (YAGs), or other documents that teachers need to access. Follow the directions above to add a new learning standard, and for the text of the learning standard enter the name of document or category of documents.
Once these placeholders are published, you can go to the Scope and Sequence and attach the documents for teachers to access.
Moving and Copying Learning Standards
Learning standards can be moved and copied within the same course or to another course, if appropriate. When a learning standard is copied, a new standard is created and existing activities and TEKS associations are not duplicated. Moving a standard within the same course or to another course will move its activities. However, in order for TEKS associations to be moved, the destination course must be associated with the appropriate TEKS course.
To move a learning standard:
- Select the standard to be moved
- Click and hold on the selected standard
- Drag and drop the standard onto a group or another standard
- The standard will appear at the bottom of the group or just below another standard
You can also use the Copy andPaste buttons on the toolbar. This works just like copying below.
To copy a learning standard:
- Select the standard to be copied
- Click the Copy button
- Select an organizational group or standard to place the standard, either in the same or different course
- Click the Paste button
- The new standard will appear at the bottom of the group or just below another standard
Removing Learning Standards
Caution should be used when deleting learning standards. If activities use the standard as their primary published activity, they will no longer be accessible for teachers to view. However, the author may still edit the activity. Standards are not actually removed until the standards are published.
To remove a learning standard:
- Select the standard to be removed
- Click the Delete button
To restore a deleted standard:
- Select the deleted learning standard
- Click the Delete button again to toggle the standard back to normal
Note: Multiple standards can be deleted or undeleted at once. Once published, standards CANNOT be undeleted.
Publishing Learning Standards
Publishing a course works very much like publishing the course tree. Two copies of a course structure exist, and all changes are made to the draft copy. When you publish the course, it then moves those changes to the published public copy. Now teachers and curriculum staff can see that structure and attach resources to it.
As with the course tree, the Publish and Discard options are in the bottom right. The last published is also displayed in the bottom left.
Creating Standard Clarification
Standard clarifications allow districts to attach supporting material for the Learning Standard. They are not used directly in lesson plans but rather provide additional information to help clarify objectives. There can be one standard clarification for each learning standard, and it appears at the top of the resources list in the lesson planner.
Standard Clarifications are used to provide explanations of standards for teachers. Click the button to add a Standard Clarification to ALL learning standards in this course.
Use this cautiously as created Standard Clarification documents will have to be deleted one by one. See the next section on Standard Clarifications and Activities for more information.