Driving Instruction in PK-3:  Children’s Progress Academic Assessment Kevin Greaney, CEO
What is Children’s Progress? <ul><li>Founded  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbia, 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>R&D Partners  </...
What is the CPAA? <ul><li>Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer-adaptive formative  as...
What is the need in the market? <ul><li>US DOE Mandates & Programs  (i.e. RTTT) </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul...
What is the need in the market? <ul><ul><li>THE CHALLENGE:  Educators must differentiate & monitor  more  in  less  time <...
How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul>
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How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolding <...
How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolding <...
How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolding <...
How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Age-appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Stress-free, interactive,  game-like </li></ul><ul><li...
How do we meet this need?
How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Timely & Time- saving </li></ul><ul><li>20-30 min, 3-6 times/year </li></ul><ul><li>Inde...
How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Easy to Use </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with parents  & colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>T...
What’s the impact? <ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-K School w/ 50% ELL population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced...
Where are we going? 92%  Renewal  Rate 25M+  Assessments Completed One of fastest growing US companies 2009 + 2010 Our Vis...
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  • RTI Accountability Common Core DOE Mandates to focus on early ed 20 M pk-3 students Federal activity is placing emphasis on technology-based early childhood assessment . I3 grants supporting innovative assessment development Enhancing Education through Technology for improving instructional strategies and student academic achievement including technology literacy through research-based and technology-infused school and district implementation projects Race to the Top priorities place specific emphasis on early childhood assessment programs and data Common Core State Standards developed to cover K-12; adopted by 28 states and counting RTI &amp; data-driven education
  • Teachers are being asked to differentiate more but given less time to do it
  • How does the CPAA meet this need? Instructional guidance Summary; discuss adaptive, scaffolding, teaching activities Age-appropriate Show items, discuss fun for kids Timely Discuss immediate reports Easy to use Show reports, discuss features &amp; ease of use. Share quotes re: easy of use What is the impact of this kind of tool? RFK stats MS stats Quotes Where are we going next? Children’s Progress: Positioned for growth Need to discuss how to close
  • Three possible paths (Response Signatures) through this map…
  • How does the CPAA meet this need? Instructional guidance Summary; discuss adaptive, scaffolding, teaching activities Age-appropriate Show items, discuss fun for kids Timely Discuss immediate reports Easy to use Show reports, discuss features &amp; ease of use. Share quotes re: easy of use What is the impact of this kind of tool? RFK stats MS stats Quotes Where are we going next? Children’s Progress: Positioned for growth Need to discuss how to close
  • How does the CPAA meet this need? Instructional guidance Summary; discuss adaptive, scaffolding, teaching activities Age-appropriate Show items, discuss fun for kids Timely Discuss immediate reports Easy to use Show reports, discuss features &amp; ease of use. Share quotes re: easy of use What is the impact of this kind of tool? RFK stats MS stats Quotes Where are we going next? Children’s Progress: Positioned for growth Need to discuss how to close
  • How does the CPAA meet this need? Instructional guidance Summary; discuss adaptive, scaffolding, teaching activities Age-appropriate Show items, discuss fun for kids Timely Discuss immediate reports Easy to use Show reports, discuss features &amp; ease of use. Share quotes re: easy of use What is the impact of this kind of tool? RFK stats MS stats Quotes Where are we going next? Children’s Progress: Positioned for growth Need to discuss how to close
  • How does the CPAA meet this need? Instructional guidance Summary; discuss adaptive, scaffolding, teaching activities Age-appropriate Show items, discuss fun for kids Timely Discuss immediate reports Easy to use Show reports, discuss features &amp; ease of use. Share quotes re: easy of use What is the impact of this kind of tool? RFK stats MS stats Quotes Where are we going next? Children’s Progress: Positioned for growth Need to discuss how to close
  • How does the CPAA meet this need? Instructional guidance Summary; discuss adaptive, scaffolding, teaching activities Age-appropriate Show items, discuss fun for kids Timely Discuss immediate reports Easy to use Show reports, discuss features &amp; ease of use. Share quotes re: easy of use What is the impact of this kind of tool? RFK stats MS stats Quotes Where are we going next? Children’s Progress: Positioned for growth Need to discuss how to close
  • (60% of all MS Pk-3 students) 98%+ rated reports “Good” to “Excellent” across all categories 90%+ assessment completion
  • Children's Progress

    1. 1. Driving Instruction in PK-3: Children’s Progress Academic Assessment Kevin Greaney, CEO
    2. 2. What is Children’s Progress? <ul><li>Founded </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbia, 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>R&D Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT, Yale, UTEP, Penn State </li></ul></ul><ul><li>R&D Grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NIH, NSF, ED </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Clients </li></ul><ul><ul><li>State agencies, districts, schools & early learning centers nationwide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public & private </li></ul></ul>Columbia University
    3. 3. What is the CPAA? <ul><li>Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer-adaptive formative assessment, PK-3 </li></ul><ul><li>Early lit. & math </li></ul><ul><li>Aligned to state & Common Core standards </li></ul><ul><li>For screening & progress monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate for general ed., G&T, Sp. ed. & ELL </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is the need in the market? <ul><li>US DOE Mandates & Programs (i.e. RTTT) </li></ul><ul><li>Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Response to Intervention (RTI) </li></ul><ul><li>Common Core Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Involvement </li></ul>Response to Intervention Accountability Common Core DOE Guidance: Early Ed
    5. 5. What is the need in the market? <ul><ul><li>THE CHALLENGE: Educators must differentiate & monitor more in less time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THE NEED: data-based instructional guidance BEFORE 3 rd grade (to ensure AYP in later grades) </li></ul><ul><li>THE SOLUTION: ASSESSMENTS THAT ARE… </li></ul><ul><li>AGE-APPROPRIATE – NOT putting a paper & pencil test on the computer </li></ul><ul><li>TIMELY – NOT waiting for data until it’s too late to act </li></ul><ul><li>EASY TO USE – NOT a wealth of information to file away </li></ul>
    6. 6. How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul>
    7. 7. hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint Vowel Sound Rhyming Blending Syllable Counting Phonemic Addition Final Sound 19,000+ Unique Paths through a single concept in a single grade hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint hint incorrect correct correct w/ hint
    8. 8. How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolding </li></ul>Initial Question Follow-up Question
    9. 9. How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolding </li></ul><ul><li>Instant reports for ALL stakeholders: teachers, administrators & parents </li></ul>DISTRICT ADMINS TEACHERS PRINCIPALS PARENTS STATE ADMINS
    10. 10. How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Instructional Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptive format </li></ul><ul><li>Scaffolding </li></ul><ul><li>Instant reports for ALL stakeholders: teachers, administrators & parents </li></ul><ul><li>Not just performance scores, but </li></ul><ul><ul><li>detailed narratives; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>progress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>recommended activities & participants </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Age-appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Stress-free, interactive, game-like </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Developmentally-appropriate (aligns w/ NAEYC criteria) </li></ul>
    12. 12. How do we meet this need?
    13. 13. How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Timely & Time- saving </li></ul><ul><li>20-30 min, 3-6 times/year </li></ul><ul><li>Independently completed on the computer </li></ul><ul><li>No paperwork, syncing, data upload or manual analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Instant results </li></ul><ul><li>Suggested next steps in every report </li></ul>… Sync in progress …
    14. 14. How do we meet this need? <ul><li>Easy to Use </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with parents & colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Track demographic data for AYP </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Support: all former educators </li></ul>
    15. 15. What’s the impact? <ul><li>Case Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-K School w/ 50% ELL population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced Sp. Ed. referrals by 50%+ in 1 st year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saved $18K+ & several days of instructional time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State w/ diverse student needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistent, objective data for 98K+ students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong correlation w/ state test (.8) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>City w/ new Transitional K program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring gains in new program; appropriate even for youngest school-aged children </li></ul></ul>El Paso, TX MS LAUSD
    16. 16. Where are we going? 92% Renewal Rate 25M+ Assessments Completed One of fastest growing US companies 2009 + 2010 Our Vision: making quality proactive, data-driven instruction accessible for ALL students .

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