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Leaders in Johnston County Schools in central North Carolina knew they needed to find more effective ways to help struggling students, close the achievement gap and meet their core instructional priorities. So they carefully planned a pilot program to choose the best adaptive learning system for the district’s 25,000 K8 students and their educators.

i-Ready and Ready help close achievement gaps in North Carolina district

Counties in North Carolina are rated on a scale from Tier 1 to Tier 4 for economic wealth, with Tier 1 counties being the most economically disadvantaged. Montgomery County Schools is located in a rural Tier 1 county in the geographic center of the state, with 77 percent of its 4,200 students receiving free and reduced lunch.

With so much emphasis being placed on testing and accountability, many educators may be missing the single greatest opportunity to drive student outcomes—teacher-created formative assessment with timely, targeted interventions. But can truly personalized learning become a reality when faced with limited classroom time? In this web seminar originally broadcast on October 21, 2015, an administrator from Minnesota’s Edina Public Schools outlined how the district is leveraging powerful assessment solutions to help educators focus their time on what matters most—fueling student growth.

Curriculum Associates

Improving the writing skills of all 6,500 students emerged as a top priority for the administrators of Mississippi’s Gulfport School District beginning in fall 2014. “We needed a resource that addressed the rigorous writing requirements of the Common Core, as well as one that would allow educators to teach writing in a systematic way,” says Patty Cooper, ELA Curriculum Specialist for Gulfport.

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Like most districts, increasing the graduation rate is a top priority in the School District of Palm Beach County. And with 187 schools and 183,000 students, the Florida district has a large challenge.

Kimberly Moritz is in her seventh year as the superintendent of Randolph Central School District. Prior to leading the district of 977 K12 students in this rural community in western New York, Moritz worked as a teacher for ten years in a neighboring rural school district and as a principal in two other school districts. Moritz joined Randolph with the goal of raising the district’s historically average student achievement; for over a decade, Randolph was seeing mediocre results on state assessments.

The state of Alabama has made a bold move toward ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready by the time they graduate high school.

As opposed to the concept of “big data,” the compilation of system-wide information that provides a rear-view mirror’s perspective of behaviors and trends, “little” data for educators refers to the real-time, in-the-moment insights that can improve lesson delivery and learning outcomes. Significant investments have been made in classroom technologies, but few have provided teachers with the data and insight they need to assess each student’s comprehension in the moment of learning.

Schools want the robust functionality of a student information system with the analytics of a data warehouse.

This assessment solution provides school- and district-level reporting for assessments. It syncs with student information systems on a nightly basis, automating setup and maintenance of student and staff accounts and class rosters. Educators can use Naiku to create, import and share common assessments that are aligned to district curriculum and standards.

Reader Testimony: 

“Naiku has offered our teachers multiple ways of getting immediate assessment results, and also multiple ways of giving immediate feedback to students. A growing number of individual teachers and teacher teams across our district have enhanced their ability to assess their students and respond to student needs. Teacher teams have also been able to utilize results to have dynamic and timely discussions regarding successful instructional strategies.” — Steve Troen, director of teaching and learning, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District, Minn.

Year: 
2014

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