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Understanding Curriculum and Courses

This article explains how curriculum and courses work in Forefront. 

Watch the Course Configuration webinar recording on demand here.

Terminology in Forefront

  • Assessment: sets of questions or observational frameworks with defined scores, performance levels, and Standards alignments
  • Program: sets of assessments, can be grouped into “parts”
  • Curriculum: the assessments, standards systems, and documents
  • Subject: can be used to organize curricula
  • Lens: a way to highlight key standards or combine standards systems (Read more about lenses here.)
  • Course: one or more curricula and associated documents and report cards
  • Class: a group of students in a school with a teacher and a course

Examples of Course Set-Ups

An elementary school teacher has: 

  • one class of students 
  • in the course third grade
  • subjects are math, science, social studies and ELA, which are each a curriculum with their own programs of assessments.

A middle school teacher:

  • teaches the subject math
  • she has several classes in the course Sixth-Grade Math
  • has lenses to look at assessment results through the lenses of state standards, priority standards, and historic student data.

A large school district allows teachers to choose between two math instructional systems. 

  • For each grade level course
  • teachers choose between curricula of the systems, to have the correct assessments and programs.

How To Set Up Courses

Single-Subject Course

Prerequisites: Users must have a district management level role to configure courses.

Step 1: Navigate to the courses page. Click “Courses” in the left side navigation, then click “Create New Course.”

click courses and create

Step 2: Name the course and select the applicable grade level(s).

name and grade level

Step 3: In-app text explains next steps. Click “Create curriculum.”

create curriculum

Step 4: Name the curriculum as prompted.

Step 5: Select or create the subject.


Step 6: Configure standards lenses.

Read about lenses and setup how-to here.

Step 7: Add assessments by clicking “Add assessments” and browsing for the appropriate assessments.

add assessments  add assessments

Step 8: Add parent reports (if applicable).

add parent reports  parent reports

For more information on standards-based grading report card configuration, click here to watch a webinar on-demand.

Multi-Curriculum or Multi-Subject Course

To configure a multi-subject course, follow the above steps. Then:

Click the three dots in the upper right corner. Then add a new curriculum, or a new subject and new curriculum.


Follow the same steps again to create additional curricula.

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