This document provides an overview of the types of assignments, how they are organized and how to decide which to use.
What is an Assignment
An assignment is the instructional content the student will work on, based on either a teacher’s decision or based on assessment scores. For example: a teacher may decide to have their students work on skills that correlate to what is being taught in the classroom. Each assignment contains units which cover specific skills. The units for grades 1-8 have a Mini-Lesson, Learning Activities and a Quiz. If the student does not pass the quiz, there are review activities in the units that are automatically assigned.
How Students Receive the Assignments
Once you have identified the skill(s) the student should work on, you must then assign the appropriate assignment. These can include teacher-created assignments, assignments created and shared by another user at your school, or Classworks created assignments. Some assignments are generated and assigned from imported test scores (such as your high stakes test scores) or after students finish a Classworks assessment (see Assessment Overview job aid for additional details). These automatically generated assignments are called ILP's - Individualized Learning Paths. The skills the students work on are based upon how the student performed on the assessment.
Types of Assignments
You can select from three types of assignments:
| Name||Purpose |
| Created||These are custom assignments you have previously created and saved. Users can create custom assignments for students versus using Classworks created assignments (Presets). This allows the user to tailor assignments to focus on a particular skill or strand. Creating custom assignments gives the user the ability to organize units in a specific order, align to a pacing guide, refine by a specific learning style, select only certain components of the unit structure, target skills on multiple or single grade levels, or refine by instructional application.|
| Preset||These are assignments that Classworks created or assignments that have been shared district-wide within your school district. These assignments include your State Standard Sequences (organized by unit list) and Common Core sequences, Science*, Applied Mathematics, Integrated Reading and the Practice and Review Bundles. |
*Only applicable if your school/district has purchased this instruction.
| Shared||These are custom assignments other users have created and shared within your school. |
From the Instruction tab you can:
- View the details of the assignments.
- View how the Classworks assignments align with State Standards and the Common Core.
- Launch and preview each of the unit components.
- Create a custom assignment or edit a previously created assignment.
- Share a custom assignment with teachers in your school.
Accessing Assignments from the Instruction Tab
Reminder: You cannot assign instruction from this tab.
To access the Instruction tab, you must first log into Classworks. Once you have logged in:
- Click on the Instruction tab.
- Three categories of assignments will be listed: Created, Preset and Shared. You can access assignments aligned and organized by your State Standards and the Common Core by clicking on the View Alignment button.
- Click on the + symbol beside Preset to expand the list and see all available assignments. You can continue to click the + symbol to drill down to the most granular level needed.
- To create a new assignment, click on the Create New Assignments button at the bottom of your screen.
There are two ways to view the alignment of a Classworks assignment to your State Standards and the Common Core standards:
- Click on the View Alignment button located at the bottom of your screen. Click the + symbol beside the name of the subject/grade level you wish to view. Continue to click the + symbol to drill down to the most granular level.
- Click on the name of an assignment. Then click the View Alignment button located towards the top of the Instructional Details pop-up window.
Note: Alignment data is only available for state standard assignments that Classworks has created. In the Instructional Details window, if the View Alignment button is highlighted in yellow, an alignment is available; gray indicates that it is not available.