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The Data-Driven Classroom: Sophia Helps Ensure CCSS Success

We all keep hearing about the achievement gap and annual yearly progress reports for schools and are aware that using traditional methods of classroom remediation is not sufficient for all students. With current technological tools, it has become easier for teachers to use more formative assessments to determine what students do and do not know. Thus, the term data-driven classroom was coined and student statistics on achievement and engagement can be collected and analyzed.

As a classroom teacher, the changes have been fast. Fewer red pens and less “busy work” remediating an entire population based on the anecdotal evidence that a group of students may not be progressing well. Now it's about electronic reports that monitor and adjust simultaneously to a student’s academic needs. Finally, real time data on learning.

With the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) being implemented across the nation, common assessments are being designed to evaluate the progress of America’s students. This means teachers will need the tools to instruct, monitor progress and adjust instruction to ensure all kids a solid education in math and English Language Arts (ELA).

Recently, Sophia mapped its over 20,000 tutorials in math, science and English to the CCSS and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With several instructors per concept (Many Ways Learning Model) as well as built-in quizzing and data collection, teachers can efficiently assign individual lessons or entire standard pathways as an opportunity to improve and review content for summative assessments.

The Sophia learning platform offers a group feature where a classroom instructor can add invaluable content and watch as students engage in learning and complete quizzes. The data collected can inform a teacher on what students do and do not know as well as where a large group might be struggling. Time and dates of engagement can also be shared with parents in order to help them better understand the efforts being taken to ensure mastery as well as help the parent get more involved in their child’s journey towards success on the CCSS and NGSS assessments.

With class sizes increasing and instructional time decreasing, there is no doubt technology has a place in helping students meet academic requirements, and Sophia offers content and the location to deliver and analyze student learning and progress. To learn more, take a look at Mastering Analytics and learn how to use Sophia to best help your students as they prepare for spring assessments.

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