After your students complete a diagnostic or skill survey, Quill will automatically generate recommended activity plans based on their proficiency. From here, you have a few options as to how you pace assigning the recommended activities to best support your students' progress and mastery.


Accessing diagnostic recommendations

You can access students' recommended learning plans through the Practice Recommendations report:

How to find the practice recommendations report

The Practice Recommendations page shows students' recommended learning plans. After reviewing the recommended activity packs, click the green Assign Activity Packs button.

This will ask you to choose the pacing for students' recommended activities: staggered release or immediate release.


  • What is staggered release?

The first option, Staggered Release, assigns every recommended (checked) activity pack to students; however, students are only able to complete one pack at a time. They must fully complete one pack before unlocking the next.

In the example below, a teacher assigned all recommended packs to a class using the "staggered release" option. Students can view all the recommended packs they've been assigned, but only one pack is unlocked at a time.

Student dashboard view of the

From their student dashboard, the student above can only complete activities in the Capitalization pack. The student will be able to work on the next recommended pack, Adjectives and Adverbs, automatically upon completion of all activities in the Capitalization pack.

The Staggered Release option supports students with completing independent-practice packs aligned to a single concept at a time, without having the opportunity to skip around.


  • What is immediate release?

The second option, Immediate Release, assigns every recommended (checked) activity pack to students, and students can immediately access every activity pack assigned. Activity packs will not be locked, and students can work on any recommended concept:

Students can work through their assignments at their own pace while receiving targeted practice to fill the writing skill gaps identified by the diagnostic. Self-pacing can be a powerful college-readiness experience for older students.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does my selection apply to the entire class?

Yes, the Staggered Release or Immediate Release methods will apply to all students in the class who have completed that diagnostic. You cannot personalize this selection for each student.

I chose the incorrect release method. Can I change my selection?

Yes. On the Practice Recommendations report, above the independent practice recommendations table, you can click "Edit" next to your release method to change it.

Can I unlock packs for students?

If you choose "Staggered release," you are unable to unlock packs for students. Packs will be automatically unlocked upon completion of the last activity in the unlocked pack.

How long will it take for students to complete an activity pack and unlock the next one?

In general, we've found that students make progress when they complete 2-4 activities on Quill per week. Each activity takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Since each recommended pack contains between 4 and 10 activities, teachers can generally expect a recommended pack to be completed in 1-2 weeks. Of course, students may need more or less time depending on the number of activities in the pack, their level of difficulty, and students' level of proficiency.

Have more questions?

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