How I Use It
JumpRope's standards-based gradebook forces teachers to plan with the end in mind. As a result, units and curricula are tighter and more goal-oriented. Especially useful is the ability to log comments about behavior, interventions and follow-up, which can be shared with other teachers and staff at the school site. Communication to students and parents about standards progress and mastery, is easy with Jumprope and gives parents and students specific objectives to work towards. Setup and initial navigation is confusing but the support from JumpRope is very helpful.
Standards-based gradebooks are popping up all over, but few of them have all of the features of JumpRope or are free. It is not a teaching tool, but rather a teacher's tool, to help with lesson planning and tracking of progress. The ability to log comments and then share them is unique to other online grade programs I have seen. If teachers are required to show evidence of students progressing toward or meeting the Common Core State Standards, this tool is a good resource and worth the time to learn the setup and navigation.