|By Business Wire||
|October 2, 2013 06:00 AM EDT||
Beaufort County Schools recently completed a virtual summer school program to address a number of challenges facing the district, including a diverse student population, lack of out-of-school access to technology and lack of community engagement. Since the implementation of the program, student participation has more than tripled and NWEA MAP results have increased in math and reading across grades K–8. The virtual summer school program features online learning personalized to the needs of each student, with digital content provided via CompassLearning Odyssey®.
“The immediate link between assessment and instruction is critical for student success,” said Colleen Beck-Ungvarsky, educational technology coordinator for Beaufort County Schools. “We administer MAP tests in the fall, winter and spring, and within two days have individualized assignments ready for students in their Compass Learning folders.”
“We’re glad to play a part of a larger initiative in Beaufort County schools to help students be successful through personalized learning,” said Erich Loeffel, CEO of Compass Learning. “The teachers are the true champions in the classroom. We simply help them be more efficient and effective by providing rigorous and quality content tailored to the needs of each individual student.”
Key Results in Beaufort County Schools:
- Mean MAP results have jumped dramatically – in 2009, 78 percent of grade levels met or exceeded the NWEA norm average in mathematics, 33 percent in reading. In 2013, MAP results showed 100 percent in mathematics and 78 percent in reading.
Students on or above grade level –
- Kindergarten mathematics increased from 68 to 84 percent;
- Second-grade mathematics from 61 to 78 percent;
- First-grade reading increased from 57 to 73 percent;
- Sixth-grade jumped from 66 to 75 percent.
- Increased student engagement – enrollment in the virtual school program increased 154 percent in three years, including a 126 percent increase in socioeconomically disadvantaged students.
“The program has been fantastic for both the students and the community,” continued Beck-Ungvarsky. “The increased partnerships and enrollment numbers signify a successful engagement of the community in the education of our students. This is essential for success.”
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About Compass Learning
Compass Learning® provides K–12 educational software that empowers teachers to unlock every student’s potential for academic success and personal growth by personalizing learning. Compass Learning takes a student-centered approach by providing comprehensive solutions that address the needs of every student and student-type to create personalized learning and differentiation programs that reach, engage, and inspire students to succeed. Teachers and administrators can more efficiently and effectively manage and measure progress, freeing time to focus on delivering academic results. Both of the company’s software solutions, CompassLearning Odyssey® and the Renzulli Learning® System deliver academic rigor that is based on more than 40 years of research into how students learn and are aligned to state and Common Core State Standards to support classroom and district accountability. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Compass Learning serves more than 8,000 schools across the United States and around the world.