Success Story: Windsor High School

Thursday, October 3, 2013 -- Kristin Flynn

Windsor High School in Windsor, CT was recently recognized as an Edmentum Rock Star School.  The Edmentum Rock Star School program recognizes outstanding schools and their inventive and effective uses of the full range of Edmentum learning solutions.  Windsor High School, a 9th to 12th grade high school of about 1,500 students, has successfully implemented an online program to assist students’ various needs, including credit recovery, after-school assistance, alternative education support, summer school and more.

Russell Sills, Principal at Windsor High School tells us about their success with Plato Courseware and Edmentum Assessments and how these programs have changed the lives of students who would not have otherwise graduated on time. 

Edmentum: What are the strengths of your online learning solution?

Sills:  We initially chose Edmentum to provide just credit recovery courseware, but the success Windsor achieved caused the school to keep expanding the relationship.  We love the rigorous, engaging courseware aligned to the Connecticut state standards, and the customer support capabilities provided by our local sales team, the professional development coaches, and the tech support team has been excellent.

Edmentum: Describe who you’re serving and what unique needs they have that this solution addresses?

Sills:  As the only high school in a growing district, Windsor has needed to remain flexible to meet the needs of their majority-minority population.  Even at a district where one middle school feeds into one high school, students enter 9th grade performing at various levels.  After five successful years of using Plato Courseware for credit recovery and a variety of other needs, Windsor began using Edmentum’s formative assessment solution to help teachers better tailor their instruction to their new students. 

Edmentum: What results can you share about the success of this implementation?

Sills:  The school has seen its graduation rate increase 10 percent since implementing the standards-based Plato Courseware online curriculum, which also provides a wide variety of academic assistance for the Windsor High School staff.   Windsor’s formative assessment strategy is also paying off with younger students.  Since implementing the universal screening in English/ Language Arts using Accucess two years ago, proficiency ratings on the state test have increased 7 percentage points in reading and have held at a steady 86% in writing.

As the district’s only high school, Windsor will continue to offer whatever programs its ever-changing student population needs to accomplish its goals.  A prospective growth area is the use of the Beyond High School library to offer more testing preparation for students with post-secondary goals ranging from competitive colleges to vocational programs and the military.

Thank you to Russell Sills for sharing your success.