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Glendale USD personalizes learning and sees academic improvements through the use of Ready and i-Ready by Curriculum Associates

By fall 2014, figuring out how to meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards was critical for administrators in Glendale USD.

Katie Nicholson

Computer adaptive tests (CAT) are really growing in
popularity. With an adaptive model, which technology
clearly facilitates, great efficiencies are gained.

Three years ago, more than 60 percent of incoming middle school students in the Roseville Community Schools (Mich.) lagged in fluency, meaning they were not reading as quickly and as accurately as their national peers. District students were leaving kindergarten without reading independently. This year, middle school students are getting back on track, and kindergarteners were reading independently by December, due in large part to Direct Instruction solutions from McGraw-Hill, says Mark Blaszkowski, curriculum director for the district.

Last year, while administrators at Branford Public Schools in Connecticut were thinking of ways to encourage their students to read more, Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez came across the perfect solution. While attending a District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendents Summit, Hernandez watched a presentation about a reading platform called myON and its success in another district. myON is a literacy solution that provides anytime, anywhere access to thousands of award-winning digital books.

Educators can customize LearnZillion’s Common Core-aligned math curriculum and close reading/writing program. Math activities include practice sets based on skill level, guiding questions and a formative assessment. Students learn language arts skills through written, oral and interactive lessons.

Reader Testimony: 

"LearnZillion has allowed our teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the Common Core. Their lessons are right on target with the standards, and the online lessons are also a great resource for parents and students who are owning their education at home.” — Jessica Wright, ELA MS teacher/department chair, LISA Academy, Ark.

Year: 
2014

Built for the Common Core, this program combines valid and reliable student growth measure and individualized instruction in a single online product. For reading and mathematics classes, i-Ready pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and its ongoing progress monitoring reveals if students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.

Year: 
2014

Instructors can use this assessment-driven literacy curriculum to teach a whole class, small groups or individual students. Aligned to the Common Core, Benchmark Literacy includes lessons and hands-on tools that provide systematic English-language instruction.

Year: 
2014

This reading curriculum adjusts to the needs of each student and builds the foundation necessary for sustained reading success. Students are assessed and placed into the small group that matches their skill levels. Ongoing assessment and progress monitoring inform instruction. Daily instruction in phonics, vocabulary and comprehension builds the foundation that is necessary for students to become lifelong readers.

Year: 
2014

The Read 180 intervention program is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4–12 and beyond. Designed for any student reading two or more years below grade level, READ 180 leverages adaptive technology to individualize instruction for students.

Year: 
2014

Administrators and teachers at Deer Park Middle School in the Deer Park (Wash.) School District have been challenged in the past by the school’s multiple feeder elementary schools. “We have a lot of students coming from these very small schools with a low level of reading proficiency,” says Cassandra Kauppi, the learning assistance program teacher at Deer Park Middle School. Many were scoring below grade level on both state and district assessments. “Our school needed to find a solution to address that,” Kauppi says.

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