Thoughts and updates from our staff and community.

May 24, 2019

As the 2018-19 school year comes to an end, I'd like to take some time to share our product plans and roadmap over the summer and into next school year.  I’m also excited to announce that we’ll be releasing brand new district-wide reporting tools to our customers next week! Read on to find out more.

I began writing the software that you know as JumpRope on my...

May 26, 2016

One of the trickiest aspects of mastery-based grading is the way that scores are calculated in the system. There are pros and cons to each approach, so it’s a matter of finding the proper balance between the philosophical and the practical. JumpRope supports seven different strategies/algorithms, and it’s up to the teacher, school, or district to choose. Th...

March 21, 2016

A framework to evaluate the readiness for and effectiveness of your implementation of JumpRope and standards-based grading. Making the move to mastery requires many moving parts beyond the technical aspects of setting up a gradebook, and we here at JumpRope take seriously those other moving parts. As we like to say, we’re not an ed tech company but a scho...

September 10, 2015

It’s hard to believe, but JumpRope is entering its seventh school year. And yes, there are several schools who have been using JumpRope (under its former name, Impact) continuously this entire time. Even more people are using JumpRope for the first time this year than ever before, as new schools and districts sign on and as many of our existing customers con...

April 29, 2015

Increasingly in my travels, I’m running into teachers, schools, and districts who are working hard to implement student learning objectives (SLOs) as part of their teaching strategy as well as their teacher evaluation system. Stemming from the educator effectiveness law and this guide from the feds, SLOs are being adopted across the country as one way to mea...

April 2, 2015

JumpRope places a lot of value in the fact that standards-based grading improves the feedback loop between teachers and students, and our entire system has been designed to make this feedback more descriptive and dynamic.

One thing we’ve heard loud and clear from our partner schools over the years is that grading students based on numbers (1-4 or 0-100, for e...

February 6, 2015

One of the trickiest and most controversial aspects of mastery-based grading is the way that scores (grades, though I usually try to avoid the word) are calculated in the system. Specifically, determining the level of mastery a student receives on a given standard across multiple pieces of evidence is probably the most complicated.

In my experience, there’s n...

April 17, 2013

Rules of Thumb is a series in which we share best practices for JumpRope and standards-based grading in general. Jesse taught for five years and has helped dozens of schools and thousands of teachers implement standards-based grading, but knows very well that these aren't one-size-fits-all. Take a look, and let us know in the comments if you agree or have ot...

April 10, 2013

Many tech companies take the opportunity to have a bit of fun with their users on April 1st, and JumpRope is no exception. While fun is a big part of the goal, it has also given us a platform to offer some (often sarcastic) satire on education, technology, and especially the rapidly expanding world of ed-tech. Too often in our industry, companies are approac...

April 2, 2013

As we work with more and more teachers and schools that have different data needs and pressures related to final grades, a common request of JumpRope is to provide tools to help override grades at the course level. In our efforts to remain standards-based, JumpRope calculates course grades as a culmination of underlying mastery scores. While pure and meaning...

March 15, 2013

Rules of Thumb is a series in which we share best practices for JumpRope and standards-based grading in general. Jesse taught for five years and has helped dozens of schools and thousands of teachers implement standards-based grading, but knows very well that these aren't one-size-fits-all. Take a look, and let us know in the comments if you agree or have ot...

February 14, 2013

Rules of Thumb is a series in which we share best practices for JumpRope and standards-based grading in general. Jesse taught for five years and has helped dozens of schools and thousands of teachers implement standards-based grading, but knows very well that these aren't one-size-fits-all. Take a look, and let us know in the comments if you agree or have ot...

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