Now that we can offer SAM Learning science content that is standards- aligned, more U.S. schools will be able to use SAM Learning to help those students who need a fresh and unique program to motivate and inspire them.
Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) September 24, 2008
SAM Learning (http://www.samlearning.com) - publisher of web-based curriculum for High School Exit Exam prep - today announced the addition of science content in Biology, Chemistry and Physics for SAM Learning. The new content is aligned to national learning standards and state standards for California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and New York with seven more states to be added this fall. In addition, "Improvement Lessons" with audio support have been added to selected objectives so that students can refresh their understanding of intermediate and advanced mathematics or simply have another way to learn critical concepts.
SAM Learning is a U.K.-based company that began offering its research-proven test prep programs in the United States in spring 2008. Since the launch of SAM Learning, schools throughout the country have pilot tested the program for the U.S. market and found it is as effective here as it has been in the U.K. This year's summer school pilots have been using the SAM Learning mathematics content in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Trigonometry. Preliminary feedback from these schools has been unanimously positive and nearly all report results that exceeded their expectations.
DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx, New York used SAM Learning this summer for students preparing to take the high school exit exam. School administrators and teachers were pleased with how well the students were engaged when using the program and that students used it in the way that best suited their individual learning style. "[SAM Learning] meets the needs of a diverse population of learners," said Geraldine Ambrosio, principal of DeWitt Clinton High School when asked about how well SAM Learning fit into their instructional plan. Esther Shraga, vice principal of the school noted that students realized that the efforts they put into using SAM Learning would help them prepare for taking the exit exam. "We were very pleased that SAM Learning helped our students take charge of their learning," said Ms. Shraga.
"We were very pleased that each summer school program's success with SAM Learning exceeded our expectations," said David Jaffa, founder and president of SAM Learning. "Now that we can offer SAM Learning science content that is standards- aligned, more U.S. schools will be able to use SAM Learning to help those students who need a fresh and unique program to motivate and inspire them."
SAM Learning is different from other test prep programs in two ways: it uses a scaffolded pedagogy and it is student-driven allowing students to navigate through the system in a manner that makes sense to them. Teachers can assign exercises or allow students to be self-directed, an important option especially in the high school grades.
One million students in five countries currently use SAM Learning for test prep and remediation including students in California, Wyoming, Florida and New York. SAM Learning is proven successful by four years of independent research in the U.K. that showed that students who used the program for over 10 hours scored 20% higher on their GCSE (equivalent to the U.S. version of High School Exit Exams) than those who had not used SAM Learning. The research also found that at-risk students -- including those who would be categorized as Title 1 or ELL (English Language Learners) in the U.S. -- showed the greatest gains when using SAM Learning. Preliminary results from U.S. summer school pilots are showing positive results that mirror those in the U.K.
About SAM Learning
SAM Learning (http://www.samlearning.com) is based in London, England. Over 50 percent of the U.K. secondary schools use SAM Learning for test prep and remediation in mathematics, science, social studies and language arts. In addition to success with secondary students, SAM Learning is used in primary/elementary grades with positive results and improved assessment performance. SAM Learning is student-driven and uses scaffolded pedagogy to increase student competency in core subjects. For more information, call 800-481-8101.