Within Dowagiac Union School District in southwestern Michigan, administrator Kara Cox wears a lot of hats.
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This past March, I had the pleasure of speaking with kindergarten teacher Courtney Munsell and 5th grade teacher Nikki Privett, both educators at Fortville Elementary School in Indiana. In our conversation together, they quickly began comparing and contrasting their use of Study Island, Edmentum’s K–12 practice and formative assessment program. These teachers have expertly uncovered keys to utilizing Study Island to help their students meet grade-level expectations and prepare for summative assessments.
In response to your feedback, we have been releasing a series of enhancements to make sure that Study Island continues to meet and exceed your needs as your go-to practice and formative assessment program. In this post, I'll unpack our most recent updates and also provide a peek at what's to come this summer and fall.
Student scores and performance-level classifications on state tests are an important part of school accountability under federal and state governments. When schools invest in programs like Edmentum’s Study Island, they want to know that the programs work. During 2018, the Edmentum Research and Design team completed three studies set in three different districts (Reading, Allentown, and an Arizona district) that examined how using Study Island affects students’ performance on state tests. Here’s a summary of the results.