Our district is committed to ensuring that every student is on track to meet and exceed learning goals
Houston, TX (PRWEB) February 18, 2009
As U.S. school districts strive to meet the ambitious goal of ensuring that all students are proficient in math and reading by 2014, struggling learners using the Academy of READING® and the Academy of MATH® from AutoSkill are seeing remarkable gains on state and national assessments. Recent research conducted at Spring Independent School District (ISD) in Houston revealed that both intervention solutions were successful in closing the achievement gap and improving state assessment scores.
Conducted by Dr. Marcie Penner-Wilger, AutoSkill's chief scientist, in partnership with Spring ISD, the study concluded that Title I, at-risk, economically disadvantaged and students of all ethnicities who used the Academy of READING and the Academy of MATH saw significantly higher scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS™) and larger gains in their Lexile® reading and Quantile® math scores, compared with students who didn't use the intervention solutions.
Spring ISD serves more than 33,000 students from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill levels, including many who speak English as a second language. For the 2007-2008 school year, the district turned to AutoSkill for its Tier 2 Response to Intervention (RtI) solution.
"Our district is committed to ensuring that every student is on track to meet and exceed learning goals," said, Bob Thompson, Executive Director for Secondary School Improvement, Spring ISD. "This research supports what our teachers told us throughout last school year - our struggling students who are using the Academy of READING and the Academy of MATH are seeing significant learning gains and improving their scores on the TAKS."
In the study, 2,176 Spring ISD students in second through ninth grade from 26 schools used either the Academy of READING or the Academy of MATH during the 2007-2008 academic year. TAKS data were obtained for 580 students in third to eighth grade. After less than an average of 14 hours using the Academy of READING, students showed gains on the TAKS of an average of 104 scale-score points higher than students who hadn't used the intervention. Lexile scores for the students using the Academy of READING improved by an average of 105 points more than non-users.
Students who used the Academy of MATH for an average of only 16 hours had TAKS gains of an average of 73 scale-score points higher than non-users. Their Quantile scores increased an average of 38 points higher than their peers who didn't use the intervention.
Overall, the percentage of students who met the TAKS reading standard increased by 16 percent, while students meeting the TAKS math standard increased by 17 percent.
"We collaborated with Spring ISD students and educators on this research initiative because the district is an example of many school districts today - it serves a diverse student population who come to school with a wide variety of learning challenges," said KC Lim, CEO, AutoSkill International. "This study joins our growing corpus of research supporting that at-risk students who use our intervention solutions see fast, permanent academic gains and get on track for success."
For more information about the Academy of READING and the Academy of MATH, visit http://www.AutoSkill.com.
About AutoSkill International
AutoSkill International delivers award-winning reading and math intervention solutions to close the achievement gap for K-12 students. Based on original neuroscience research and patented methodology, the company's flagship Academy of READING and Academy of MATH software helps educators develop intervention strategies that enable at-risk students to build fluency in the foundation skills of reading and math. Using a brain-based approach that incorporates automaticity, extended practice and motivation, AutoSkill solutions provide a universal mechanism for the development of permanent reading and math foundation skills. Students of all ages in a wide range of learning environments demonstrate significant progress with just 30 minutes of training a day, three to five days per week. For more information, visit http://www.autoskill.com.