reading and literacy

This is how we used technology to improve our school’s reading scores

Thanks to a tech-enhanced literacy program, students' reading skills are blowing expectations out of the water.

Not Just for Students

Our K–6 literacy coaches have helped support the teachers as they rolled out the new digital ELA curriculum. We even hosted evening meetings to show parents this valuable solution as we wanted to give them information about the platform, so they could engage in meaningful conversations about the new curriculum tool with their students.

For parents, the program helps to clarify grades and accurately answer questions like, “Why isn’t my child scoring any higher?” Parents can log in and see the assignment and read the teacher’s feedback. This, in turn, allows parents to understand the rubric and teacher’s specific expectations, and then work with their children at home to help improve their performance.

Impressive Improvements

Thanks to this literacy program, our students are more engaged, they consider reading-related questions more critically, and they present answers with advanced vocabulary that exceeds Grade 6-level expectations. Mrs. Diven’s class, for example, had a 69 percent pass rate on the PSSA state assessment in 2015. One year after implementing the digital ELA platform, that pass rate grew to 90 percent. Diven shared with me that her students didn’t simply have a ‘good test day’–they actually have learned the necessary skills.

The program not only provides the reading material but also a framework for teachers to teach reading material that ensures success. The platform engages students on their own terms—and based on their individual interests—in a very effective manner. Students don’t even realize that they are becoming stronger readers, students, and writers because they simply are enjoying the activities and content that that ELA program offers.

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