Edmentum – (Click here for research)
Century Analytics, Inc. conducted a rigorous evaluation of Edmentum’s Exact Path to estimate the impact of Exact Path use on student achievement in language arts in Grade 1 through Grade 8. Exact Path is an online educational tool designed to support individualized student instruction. This study’squasi-experimental design (QED), analyses, and measures meet the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) 4.0 standards needed to achieve a rating of Meets WWC Group Design Standards with Reservations(WWC, 2017). This study also meets the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) guidance for Moderate Evidence (U.S. Department of Education, 2016).
In Class Today – (Click here for research)
Student attendance is critical to educational success, and is increasingly the focus of educators, researchers, and policymakers. We report the results of a randomized experiment examining in- terventions targeting student absenteeism. Parents of 28,080 high-risk Kindergarten through 12th grade students received one of three personalized information treatments repeatedly throughout the school year or received no additional communication (control). The most effective versions reduced chronic absenteeism by 10% or more, partly by correcting parents’ biased beliefs about their stu- dents’ total accumulated absences. The intervention reduced student absences comparably across grade levels, and reduced absences among untreated cohabiting students in treated households. This intervention is easy to scale and is more than one order of magnitude more cost effective than current absence-reduction best practices. Educational interventions that inform and empower parents, like those reported here, can complement more intensive student-focused absenteeism interventions.
Nearpod – (Click here for research)
The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to determine whether the Nearpod app, an interac- tive technology application, served as an effective method to monitor students’ progress and check for understanding during instruction. The participants consisted of two teacher candidates in their final term of their clinical experience practicum. Both student teachers taught at a Title 1 school in Tustin, California. The experimental group student teacher used Nearpod to check for understanding and perform prog- ress monitoring in a 2/3-combination grade classroom com- prised of 31 students. In the control group setting, the other student teacher in a 3rd grade classroom of 32 students did not use Nearpod for progress monitoring. Instead, she used traditional progress monitoring methods during instruction. The results of the study indicated that the use of the Nearpod app (student responder) improved student engagement and whole group assessment in a single lesson.
ERDI colleagues. Whether you serve as an ERDI superintendent, other consulting member, or as a corporate innovation partner, hopefully you are setting out to have your best school year ever coming up. Mindful about all of the professional development we host for teachers and other employees, this piece provides some nice reflection on great practices.