You can create a new standard by clicking the blue plus (+) button shown below, or click on an existing standard to view or modify it. You’ll notice the two tabs for “working” standards and “published” standards. Working standards are active drafts, while published standards are locked-in versions.
Each of the white rectangles you see above is called a row, or a part, and you can edit them by clicking the vertical ellipsis on the right. When you click on the blue plus (+) button underneath a row, you’ll see buttons for Criterion and Content. We’ll click on Content first to show you how to add read-only instructions for your programs/institutions.
When you click on Content from within the Standards listing as shown above, you’ll go into the editor. It looks like this:
You’ll see your standard word processing/editing options here, such as Bold, Italics, Underline, Numbered List, Bulleted List, Indent, Hyperlink, etc. Type your content in the field, as shown below, and click Save to store it.
A criterion, which is a standard or best practice, can be plugged into Fabric and brought up through different endpoints throughout the system. You can also create a hierarchy of criteria in the system. There can be parent and child (and additional levels) of criteria. For example, you may have Criteria 1, with a child of 1.1., which has a child of 1.1.1., and so forth. Fabric allows you to set up your criteria and hierarchies as you see fit. When you click on Criterion, you’ll be taken to an editor, which will enable you to input your standard.
You’ll notice tabs for Content and Help Text within the Criterion editor. In this context, Content is where you’ll input the meat of your standard, and Help Text allows you to include read-only instructions, resources, and instructions for your users. Here’s a simple example of criterion Content:
And here’s an example of Help Text:
Designators are how your standards are referenced in the system. When you’re entering a standard, the system will require you to put in a designator that you will later use to reference that standard throughout the application.
You can select Has Emphasis when you want to assign greater weight or importance to a standard. Selecting this option will hold the standard, so that when you’re looking at your standards as a whole, the standard(s) with emphasis will stand out.
Tags allow you to manage and organize your standards. You can tag criteria with category labels such as “Mission,” “Governance & Leadership,” and “Teaching,” to align with your standards. If you search for a tag that does not yet exist in your Fabric environment (the system will tell you this), you can create a new tag by clicking on the blue plus (+) button. Click Save, and you’re done.
You’ve now entered your first standard. Repeat this process for each criterion, and then you’ll be ready to publish.