Maryland Charter Management Organization Seeks Reading Tool to Fill Gaps

Maryland Charter Management Organization Seeks Reading Tool to Fill Gaps

This school is looking for a supplementary ELA program that can work in a blended station rotation environment that helps reinforce close reading skills.

State: Maryland Number of Students: 1,523
School Type: Charter Management Organization Free and Reduced Lunch: N/A
Grade Level: K-8 English Language Learners: N/A

School Context

This public charter school is one of the best performing schools in the area and serves a population of racial and socioeconomic diversity. The network boasts rigorous college prep academics driven by data, but also encourages and supports its students to be well rounded by including many extracurricular programs, including summer sessions.

State of Technology

Students are entering 5th grade at below grade level in reading. The middle school teachers are struggling defining and filling achievement gaps and finding time to remediate has proven to be very difficult.

Currently, the English curriculum is paced so students will read 45 novels a year. They work through a conceptual unit and it is very comprehensive. However, students are missing some essential close reading skills that are tripping them up on the PARCC and therefore, they are not scoring where the school expects them to be.

Tech Needs & Requirements

They are looking for a supplemental tool, one good for intervention. The way they plan to implement will be flexible. As long as it is a quality product, they would be happy to implement it more than 10-15 minutes per day. The tool must be Common Core aligned. The tool must also provide differentiated Lexile level text complexity and able to set appropriate reading levels for individual or groups of students. The tool should have varying lengths of reading passages. The school prefers the tool to have several key features, such as adaptive technology, a diagnostic and they would love to implement this tool across the curriculum, so they would like the content to have relevance across Science, Social Studies and others.

Teachers will use the program daily in their classrooms and use the reporting and data features to design small group lessons the following day. They would like to be able to work weaker skills into their core curriculum by analyzing data the night before the lesson.

The tool must provide corrective feedback and scaffolding, aligned to Common Core and provide differentiate Lexile level text complexity with the ability to set appropriate reading levels for individual or groups of students. The school provides Chromebooks 1:1. The tool must provide several data point, such as student usage data (e.g., time on tool), student progress data based on Common Core Standards, where students are as groups and subgroups and filtering options for custom reports. The school is also looking for whole group progress, something embedded within tool that can tell the administrators how students are progressing toward goals data looked at year end and/or quarterly. The tool should provide Google single sign on and integrate with Illuminate.

*Content From 2016

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