Pace Demonstration
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In order to help users understand how course based pacing is calculated in a competency-based system, a model has been built below. Any cell that is highlighted in yellow can be changed, allowing users to see how these values can affect the student's identified pace. (Please note that various data points that are created in the calculation of pace (such as the "total score" and the "course's proficient score") are not actually displayed in Empower and are only used behind the scenes to help determine a student' pace.)

1. This section represents the scores a student has for each standard in this course. Changing these scores will adjust the student's total score. In this model course, there are 17 standards. Students are expected to score a 3.o or better to demonstrate proficiency in this course. If you want to model a course that has a fewer number of standards, remove the score 3's from the Proficient Score column next to sandards that you want to remove from the demo course.

2. When Empower is calculating pace, it is important to understand when their student started work and is expected to finish the work for a course. In this example, we have entered start and end dates for a year long course. We also entered a current date so that Empower can calculate how much progress a student should have made now to be on pace to complete the course.

3. The pacing buffer is something that can be adjusted by schools in Empower. This gives a little wiggle room for students, allowing for them to be a little ahead or behind the mathematically determined pace, without being identified as behind pace. In this model, you can adjust this buffer to see how it can impact a student's pace.

4. Once Empower knows how long a course lasts, it can then calculate the percentage of time that has passed. The buffer is added and subtracted to this percentage to create cut points for pacing.

5. A student who has a Course Proficiency Percentage that falls between the low and high cut points will be identified as "On Pace".
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#1Student's ScoreProficient Score#2
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(Adjust the student's scores to see how all scores can impact a student's pace in this example course)23Standard #1(Adjust these dates to see how time can impact pacing)School Year Dates
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23Standard #2start8/15/2019320total # of days
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23Standard #3end6/30/2020170# of days that have passed
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23Standard #4current2/1/202053.13%% of days that have passed
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23Standard #5(this can be thought of as the % of the course that should be finished)
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3Standard #6
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0.53Standard #7Pacing Buffer
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3Standard #8
Set Buffer->
7.50%#3
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3Standard #9(From Empower's Admin Set Up)
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33Standard #10
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3.53Standard #11#4
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2.53Standard #12Scores below45.63%Behind Pace Cut Point
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3Standard #13% days passed minus buffer
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3Standard #14% days passed53.13%On Pace Mid Point
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43Standard #15
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3Standard #16
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3Standard #17Scores above60.63%Ahead of Pace Cut Point
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Student's Total Score
23.5% days passed plus buffer
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Course's Proficient Score
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% of Student's course proficiency achieved46.08%On Pace#5
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