Stanislaus Union School District Awarded Funding for Educational Technology through Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) Grant

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Funding to allow Stanislaus Union to implement Vantage Learning’s MY Access! in all elementary classrooms for student literacy and writing improvement

Our teachers have 180 kids a day in their classrooms

An entire school district will soon have the opportunity to learn from an online learning program implemented into Stanislaus Union’s elementary schools with the help of the Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) government grant. For the third year in a row, Stanislaus Union School District has received the EETT grant to sustain technology in their classrooms. Prior to the grant, Stanislaus Union elementary schools had used school funding. But following extensive budget cuts, the district was no longer able to fund Vantage Learning's MY Access!. District administrators saw the academic improvements their students made with the program and knew it had become crucial to the district’s curriculum.

Tom Freeman, Principal of Prescott Senior Elementary School, first came across MY Access! when he attended a Middle School Partnership meeting in which one school was already using the program. MY Access! instantly analyzes over 350 semantic, syntactic, and discourse characteristics; and scores students in areas such as focus, meaning, organization, content, development, language use and style, mechanics, conventions, and overall writing proficiency. For Tom Freeman, it seemed like the perfect tool to help students spend more time practicing their writing and in return increase their scores on state writing exams.

Teachers in all five of Stanislaus Union elementary schools who have used MY Access! know that the program helps pinpoint problem areas and gives students the inspiration and motivation needed to develop their writing, from simple sentences to full essays.

“Our teachers have 180 kids a day in their classrooms,” says Principal Freeman. “They would have the students write maybe three times a year because of the volume of essays to grade. That amount of grading somewhat deterred teachers from assigning formal writing projects. However, MY Access! has changed all of that. Currently, out of 180 students, we have 800 submissions from just our 8th grade class.”

MY Access! has become a sought-after instructional tool that students enjoy using. Teachers in Stanislaus Union School District are looking forward to expanding MY Access! licenses to 5th and 6th graders in the district’s five elementary schools. Through the EETT grant, Stanislaus has been able to obtain many more licenses for the program. Gaining measurable results of academic achievement through an online program is one step Stanislaus has taken towards further integrating 21st century learning technology.

ABOUT VANTAGE LEARNING

A pioneer in providing a Software as a Service (SaaS) model to deliver solutions to educators, Vantage Learning is recognized as the leader in cost-effective, high volume, secure, scalable online assessment and instructional programs for K-12 school districts. Leveraging technology such as artificial intelligence, natural language understanding, and Web-based learning objects, Vantage provides educators with high-quality tools and resources that motivate students to learn and that create meaningful interaction between students, parents and teachers.

Acknowledged by industry leaders as the gold standard for scoring quality, consistency, reliability, and scalability of automated essay scoring using the patented IntelliMetric® engine, Vantage Learning has received accolades ranging from the prestigious CODIE Award for best instructional technology to recognition by Eduventures as one of the eight most innovative educational technology companies.

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