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Digital Platform for Literacy


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American Reading Company's digital platform for literacy includes SchoolPace for performance management, the eIRLA for formative assessment using the Common Core State Standards, and Bookshelf for …

American Reading Company's digital platform for literacy includes SchoolPace for performance management, the eIRLA for formative assessment using the Common Core State Standards, and Bookshelf for access to leveled, digital books.

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  • The CCSS say that students must have 50 irregular sight words by the end of Kindergarten, but they don’t say which site words. We’ve done the research to provide an exemplar set. This isn’t just the standards mapped out, it’s a reading progression.
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    • 1. Since 1998, American Reading Company has partneredwith schools and districts across the country to provide:Professional developmentCCSS leveled librariesBoth wide reading and informationalCurricular supportsPerformance management and formativeassessment systems
    • 2. OngoingProfessionalDevelopmentCCSSLeveledLibrariesCCSSFrameworkDigitalPerformanceManagementSystemsIRLAFormativeAssessmentAction 100:SchoolTransformationModelBuild leadership capacity,increase teacher expertise, andaccelerate student growth.    100 BookChallenge:Student-GrowthModelAlign all stakeholders, includingparents, to provide the rightinstruction and the right booksfor every child.   Research Labs:Inquiry-basedLearning ModelIntegrate the 3 Shifts of theCommon Core State Standardswith content-rich, inquiry-basedlearning.  Action CCSS:TransitionModelOrganize instruction andassessment around the CCSS.  
    • 3. IRLAThe common thread between each ofAmerican Reading Company’s models isthe Independent Reading LevelAssessment, the IRLA.The IRLA is a formative assessment toolbuilt upon the Common Core StateStandards.With the IRLA, teachers gain an expert-level understanding of what studentsneed to do as they move through thestandards. Through conferencing,students are always aware of what theyneed to do next. This teacher andstudent knowledge is key to theinstructional core.
    • 4. Reading PracticeAnother key component of AmericanReading Company’s model is plentifulreading practice.Students have access to CCSS leveledlibraries right in the classroom. This riverof books includes wide reading andinformational texts.This access to quality, grade-level andindependent-level content is animportant part of the instructional core.
    • 5. How do we use data and technologyto tie it all together?
    • 6. Digital Platform for LiteracyFormative Assessment PerformanceManagementDigital Books
    • 7. Digital Platform for LiteracyFormative Assessment
    • 8. Formative AssessmentThe eIRLA is a collaborative, onlineformative assessment tool built upon theCommon Core State Standards. With theeIRLA, teachers can:• Track student progress, skill-by-skill,across the Common Core StateStandards• Conference with students usinginteractive, embedded assessments• Collaborate with multiple teachers• Document evidence of studentachievement
    • 9. Digital Platform for LiteracyPerformanceManagement
    • 10. Performance ManagementSchoolPace is the hub for performancemanagement data. With comprehensivedata collection and reporting tools,administrators can use SchoolPace tostrengthen the instructional core.SchoolPace provides:• Dashboards• Daily email updates• Data walls• Student history reports• Simple data entry tools
    • 11. DashboardsDashboards give administrators a real-time snapshot of district-wide andschool-wide performance.• How many students are reading ongrade level?• How many students are gettingenough reading practice?• How much reading growth arestudents making?
    • 12. DashboardsData can be grouped and sorted by:• School• Grade• ClassroomFor each group, SchoolPace canaggregate student performance data toshow:• Student growth• Percentage of students on target• Average scores• Data age or freshness
    • 13. Daily Email UpdatesEvery morning, district and schooladministrators receive a performanceupdate in their email inbox. Thispersonalized update gives busyadministrators:• Key performance indicators from thedashboard• The name of each student whopassed a milestone todayWith this information, administrators canalign resources and recognize studentaccomplishments before the school daygets underway.
    • 14. Data WallsData walls are visual grouping tools fortiered student data. With data walls,districts and schools can instantly:• Group students by performancemeasures, like reading level• Identify tiers of students who needadditional support• Visualize student growth across timeData walls can be the centerpiece ofcollaborative data reviews, like gradegroup meetings.
    • 15. Drill down to seeindividual studentdetail.
    • 16. Student HistoryStudent data moves across school yearsand between school buildingsseamlessly.Data can be collected for the sameperformance measurement year afteryear, creating a visual history of studentprogress.
    • 17. Data EntryTeachers update data daily, feeding real-time data to dashboards and reports.• Data entry takes only minutes.• Data need only be updated if it haschanged.• Teachers weave the data updateprocess into existing classroomprocedures.
    • 18. Digital Platform for LiteracyDigital Books
    • 19. Digital BooksBookshelf is a subscription eBook servicethat provides an all-access pass to 400digital books, K – 1st grade, organizedand leveled using the Common CoreState Standards.With Bookshelf, students can:• Read digital books online in any webbrowser, or offline using nativemobile apps• Browse titles by IRLA reading level tofind books that fit• Read books at school, at home, andanywhere in-between, all includedwith the school’s subscription
    • 20. Usage and Sales
    • 21. UsageAmerican Reading Company’s digitalplatform has been in use in schoolsacross the country since 2010.Here are some current usage statistics:• 371 schools• 97 districts• 104,416 students with data• 37,566 students with daily formativeassessment data
    • 22. SalesThere has been a steady increase in salesfor American Reading Company’s digitalplatform since it was released in 2010.• FY 2011 - $326 K• SchoolPace released – Fall 2010• FY 2012 - $427 K• FYTD 2013 - $723 K• eIRLA released - Fall 2012• Bookshelf released – Spring 2013$326,380$426,980$722,741$-$100,000$200,000$300,000$400,000$500,000$600,000$700,000$800,000FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013As a whole, American Reading Company is on target for$24 Million in revenue for FY 2013.