Checkpoints are a collection of all the skills found in that Part of the Pathway. Checkpoints allow students to combine skills that were previously taught in isolation, giving students a more authentic, challenging setting to practice what they have learned.
For example, the first Checkpoint within the Pathway “Identifying Parts of Speech I” allows students to “Identify Concrete Nouns” and “Identify Abstract Nouns.” If a student feels advanced enough to skip the individual practice sessions on Identifying Concrete Nouns and Abstract Nouns, they can go straight to the “Identify Nouns” Checkpoint. By doing so, the student can “place out” of those two earlier topics. Checkpoints are especially thorough and challenging, so students should be sure that they already understand the individual lessons before trying to “place out.”
Checkpoints can be assigned as part of an initial “assigned practice.” They can also be assigned separately, when you are ready for students to review larger amounts of material. The latter option can be especially helpful to students as they prepare for quizzes, since they can review more material in a way that more closely mimics real quizzes.
In order to move on to the next Part of a Pathway, students must complete the Checkpoint for the previous Part of a Pathway.