Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) September 22, 2009
Accurate Learning Systems Corporation today announced the substantially improved analysis tools included in all MathScore school subscriptions, now providing teachers with a clear, trustworthy quantification of engaged-time at work on the system.
Now for the first time, teachers can quickly break through students appearing engaged to determine whether worksheets completed were on task, or if the student was slacking off. The new algorithms added to the MathScore system's analysis tools now measure productive time spent on the MathScore adaptive math practice. Conversely, unproductive, wasted time is now clearly labeled with a red font. Subscriptions for unlimited use of MathScore, including the new engagement analysis and reporting feature, are available today, and current subscribers are updated automatically.
"With computer lab technology, students always look busy and appear to be engaged, which makes it far too easy for teachers to assume their students are getting value," explained Steven Yang, founder and CEO of Accurate Learning Systems Corporation. "This is why we added to MathScore the concrete tools to precisely determine whether they are literally engaged with the system. We can accurately measure the time engaged, rank by engaged time, and even list students in terms of 'concentration consistency' rankings."
"Not only do engagement analysis tools provide information that very few software programs can track," continued Yang, "but they empower teachers with tangible insight into the relationship between the individual student and the system, for appropriate action. In addition, an objective system engagement determination may facilitate the teacher-parent partnership."
The new algorithms verify the productive time spent by students on their worksheets. For example, a student might waste time by letting the clock run on some worksheets without putting forth much effort, resulting in a low percentage of correct answers. Previously, the behavior was not detected, so a student could appear to be working hard in terms of time spent on worksheets. Now, the analysis tools actually detect and label wasted worksheet time.
With the information included in an activity summary, the analysis tool ranks students by "engaged time," "most points earned," and by "concentration percentage," which is a ratio of engaged-time over time at the computer. Ranking engaged time and calculating the concentration percentage provide useful detection of which students consistently work hard. An activity summary, with rankings and calculations, are automatically emailed to teachers on a weekly or daily basis. Teachers can also log in at any time to generate a summary.
The updated analysis tools measuring engagement are included automatically with system updates requiring no action on the part of MathScore subscribing schools.
MathScore helps students become better at math by providing unlimited, adaptive math practice. Developed by MIT graduates, MathScore is proven to raise test scores, and trusted by schools and individual families worldwide. MathScore is appropriate for first grade through Algebra I. The MathScore practice and assessment environments also provide automated remediation, enabling efficient differentiated instruction with minimal teacher effort.
About Accurate Learning Systems Corporation:
Founded by MIT graduates and based in Palo Alto, California, Accurate Learning Systems Corporation puts superior, skill-building learning environments in the hands of teachers, students and parents. Its flagship product, MathScore, provides schools and individuals with unlimited online math practice, and is proven to raise student math achievement. More information can be found at http://www.mathscore.com.
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