Because the most recent evidence of understanding is the most important and accurate information about your students’ skills and understanding, Forefront applies a weighted average to your assessment results that disproportionately weights the most recent results.
When results are entered into the system, the progress toward proficiency is calculated to reflect this new information. To accomplish this, the program applies a curve to define the dissipation of the influence of older results:
- An assessment given today would receive the full weight.
- Results that are 2 weeks old are weighted at one third what the most recent
information is weighted.
- Data that is 3 weeks old is weighted at a quarter of the new data.
- The weighting continues to become less and less influential on the overall
representation of progress toward standards.
- After 2 months any new results completely write over the old results.
Here is a representation of the rate of dissipation of weight over the first 3 weeks. This curve is defined by the expression on the right.
This method of applying a weighted average defined by recency honors the importance of student growth and calculations take place standard by standard. Evidence from each standard is
averaged to determine progress at the cluster level and cluster progress is averaged to
determine proficiency at the domain level.