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Florida district deploys new math tool

By Laura Devaney
September 25th, 2015

Jackson County implements LearnBop to help students master math skills, computer-based testing

math-toolFlorida’s Jackson County School District will deploy LearnBop, a math learning system, to students across the school district.

Following the rollout of Digital Jackson, a one-to-one initiative providing Windows 8 tablets to students in grades K-8, the district next focused on interactive learning content.

“With all of the digital programs, the curriculum training, and integrating tablets, teachers are jumping in head first,” said Missy Rogers, Jackson County School District’s math coordinator. “LearnBop is fabulous for remediation, as it helps teachers assign the standards we are focusing on, and then track and monitor each student’s progress toward those standards.”

The previous math program in the district didn’t allow teachers to assign work to students by specific standards, which made it difficult to identify students’ gaps. Rogers says the district hopes LearnBop will help educators make the shift to the new Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), because it allows teachers to assign specific standards and track data on student progress in mastering those standards. The tool previously provided by the state for FCAT assessment practice no longer exists, and the district needed something to replace it.

The LearnBop platform leverages the interactivity and personalization of the tablet and uses a step-by-step approach to learning math, mirroring the personalized support that a student would receive in a one-on-one tutoring session. Each step covers a concept students need to understand in order to solve a problem, which means that data on student performance regarding fundamental concepts is collected as they learn.

Every step in LearnBop’s system is tagged with a mathematical concept, specifically aligned with state and national standards, including Florida standards. This data is presented to teachers in dashboard reports immediately available at the end of each session, and is incredibly valuable for teachers, who would otherwise have to administer time-consuming diagnostics to know where their students’ knowledge gaps lie.

“In the past,” Rogers said, “if a student scored a 70 on a chapter test, all we knew was that they didn’t understand 30 percent of the content. We didn’t know what the specific gaps were. Now that everything in LearnBop is aligned to the Florida standards, our assessments show specifically what students do and don’t know, standard by standard.”

Like many new state assessments, the FSA use computer-based testing, eliminating multiple choice questions and offering fill-in-the-blank, drag-and-drop, graph drawing, and other interactive features. Because of this new interactive assessment model, students are struggling to adjust to the new standards, as well as to this new mode of test-taking. LearnBop mirrors the FSA by providing grade-appropriate content to help students prepare for new, interactive test-taking.

As an exclusive partner to Fuel Education, LearnBop is also available through FuelEd’s Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK, a technology platform that provides a single, unified view of online and blended learning activities across multiple solutions for administrators, teachers, and students.

Jackson County School District also Fuel Education solutions in multiple online and blended learning programs throughout the district, including the FuelEd Full-Time School Comprehensive Program, Anywhere Learning System (ALS), Online Courses, and Credit Recovery.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura