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California Public School District Wants to Fill Skill Gaps in Math

This district is looking for K-8 math program that help students fill in gaps and also gives teachers the ability to tweak or adjust the path of learning.

State: California Number of Students: 6,418
School Type: Public School District Free and Reduced Lunch: 85.1%
Grade Level: K-6 English Language Learners: 52.4%

School Context

The school is a K-12 suburban school district with a huge ELL population that has been using various forms of technology in a disjoined way. But they are now wanting to switch to a more strategic approach where they use technology to initiate data-driven instruction.


State of Technology

The math teachers have to finish a lot of content that covers end of the year Common Core exam. They are looking for a tool that can support them to meet their content gaps and help compliment the materials the teacher is teaching in the classroom. Ideally, this tool would be used every other day for 30 minutes in centers (in K-5), during independent work times or for homework (6-8). The tool would allow students to start out on their own and work on content at their own level. It would help them fill in skill gaps. They are willing to use different programs in K-5 than 6-8, but are also interested in programs that can cover all content areas.

Currently they are using a mixture of free tools. They used Learning Upgrade and IXL in K-5. They also have teacher using TenMarks. The problem is that everyone is using something different, so they do not have a unified way to track data. When they asked teachers what they wanted to keep using, no one could share any compelling reasons to use what they were using. They would like a way to get everyone on board with the same tool.


Tech Needs & Requirements

The teachers would use an external diagnostic tool (iReady or MAP) to identify what gaps students have and then use this tool to help fill in those appropriate gaps. While kids are working on the tool, the teacher should not have any involvement. Also, teachers should not have to do any grading or assessment to help the tool work. Teachers should be able to start kids off, let them go at their own pace, but then be able to put them on different tracks if the students are continually failing or reset the student when needed.

The tool must have a CSV export, must allow teachers to make adjustments to the content sequence a student is working through when needed and must have a single sign-on with Google or Canvas. The school provides 1:1 Chromebooks in grades 6-8, 1:1 Chromebooks and iPads and 10 desktop devices in every classroom grades K-5. They are looking for data that shows mastery of content and helps identify where students have skill gaps. They want data to be simple and easy for teachers to use. Ideally there is also a parent report and a view for students to track their progress. A CSV download is non-negotiable. The tool must have a single sign-on with google or use Clever, must export CSV and must be cloud based

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