Prescriptive courses require students to begin a full-length course with a Pretest to check for mastery of each objective in that module, before moving through the lessons in a prescribed format based on Pretest results.
Credit Recovery (CR) courses are standards-based courses that support students’ mastery of
essential objectives and the recovery of required credits. Credit Recovery courses offered in
Pearson Connexus are always in a prescriptive pathway.
Things to know about Prescriptive Pathways
- Student and Teacher Resources are in the Course Home in a course.
- Students cannot skip around and must complete all lesson activities before being allowed to
move to the next page. Note: If a student wants to go back and review a lesson they are exempted from by the Pretest, then they must make sure that the check box ‘Hide excused activities’ in Settings within the User Menu is unchecked.
- Guided Practice and Independent Practice: You must answer the questions correctly before moving onto the next question.
- Teachers can use Enable Browse to skip through content without having to complete lesson
activities to navigate more freely. Students do not have this option.
Things to know about Assessments
- A Pretest gives a check mark once complete. Students can select details to see how they did
- The courses progress Lesson>Quiz>Lesson>Quiz (activities that require completion in lessons such as guided questions and checkpoints are a way to check for understanding).
- In quizzes (with banks of 10 - 20 questions at a time), students won’t get the same question –
They are randomized including the answer choice.
- There are three attempts allowed to take a quiz to get the required default score, which is automatically set to 80% - if a student doesn’t pass, it will lock. The teacher has to allow a retry to move on. Note: A program may have elected to change their required passing score.
- The Pretest has 20 questions, which reflect the objectives from the four lessons in the unit.
More specifically, every lesson has five questions in the Pretest. A student must score the default passing score in order to be exempt. Even if a student exempts out of all or some of the lessons, the Posttest would include all questions from all the lessons.
- Students are allowed to take the Posttest twice. They must score the default passing score or better to move forward (80% is the default). Students can select details to see how they did by objective and compare.
About the Gradebook
- Pretests are not considered a grade. If a student is exempt out of all lessons, it will produce an X on the Posttest. The teacher will need to put in the score earned on the Pretest as the grade for the Posttest.
- Questions and answers that teachers see won’t be the same as what students see when taking an assessment.
- Within the Gradebook, teachers can see which questions the student got right or wrong.
- Objectives are numbers to reflect lessons.
- If students go back into an assessment after scoring high the first time, and they score a 0, the 0 stays.
- Override Complete allows students to keep a failing score and permits them to move on.
- If a teacher makes a change to a grade, it says modified. If a teacher makes a change, he or she should type notes into Private Notes (which are not visible to a student). This tags the teacher’s name, date, and time in the assessment.