My literacy students have CRUSHED Achieve3000 this year, exceeding all my expectations. Our current class average for increasing Lexile is +190. One student has grown +575 Lexile points since September! Using Achieve3000 and their reading strategies has helped my students succeed in all subject areas. I am SO proud of them!
– Mrs. Leister, Grade 5 Teacher, Frank J. Dugan Elementary
Marlboro Township Public Schools (MTPS) is a suburban community school district in Monmouth County, New Jersey, comprising eight schools that serve grades PreK-8, with a large percentage of high-achieving students, deeply involved families, and an attentive and analytical board of education. From a pedagogical standpoint, according to MTPS Superintendent Dr. Eric M. Hibbs, “[The district] strongly embraces the concept of personalized learning [and] believes that personalized learning makes it possible to address the diverse needs of all students.” In addition, Superintendent Hibbs said, “The district believes that instructional technology is a vehicle by which personalized learning opportunities are made as effective and individualized as possible for all students.”
MTPS has demonstrated its strong embrace of personalized learning and instructional technology by making a significant investment in 21st-century tools and programming starting in 2012. At that time, a district-wide, one-to-one GoogleTM tablet and ChromebookTM initiative for students in grades 1-8 was partially motivated by the district’s three-year plan for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) preparedness: the new PARCC assessments, developed to test student mastery of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), would be administered online in the spring of 2015, and MTPS recognized that students needed practice. By the start of the 2014-2015 school year, the district intended that each student would be equipped with the necessary hardware.
Marlboro Township Public Schools’ Implementation of Achieve3000
Name: Marlboro Township Public Schools Location: New Jersey, United States Evaluation Period: September 2016 to May 2017 Grades: 3-8 Active Users: 3,715 Number of Schools: 7 Average Lexile Reading Score Gain: 163 Participating Teachers: 230
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