Many students struggle to make connections between what they are taught in the classroom and how those skills appear on high-stakes tests, especially when the tests have technology-enhanced items that students don’t have much experience with. That’s why Edgenuity is proud to introduce UpSmart™, a supplemental test readiness program designed to help students in grades 6-8 demonstrate mastery in math and English language arts.
Each level features a highly adaptive set of tasks that assess students’ mastery of skills and trigger appropriate scaffolds and instruction. This includes a variety of technology-enhanced tasks: students drag and drop numbers and words to construct equations and sentences, graph points and lines, create data displays, identify text and images in “hot spot” tasks, and write constructed responses.
UpSmart continuously accumulates data about each student’s understanding and adapts the difficulty of tasks and instruction, as well as the amount of practice, accordingly.
UpSmart continually seeks to find out what each student is ready to learn and then provides the right level of instruction and practice for each topic. Students begin each topic with a short, targeted assessment designed to place students into the right level for that topic.
The power of UpSmart lies in its ability to place each student into the right level for each topic and then to continually adjust the level of instruction, support, and practice each student receives.
Each topic begins with direct instruction that helps students overcome the most common stumbling blocks for the skill. This video is required for students in the bronze level and is available in the silver and gold levels as needed.
The first hint is designed to help students understand what the question is asking. Sometimes, that’s all a student needs. However, a student can always ask for additional hints. For every hint requested, the system is noting that the student did not know how to do this problem on his or her own.
For each task, students will receive feedback that is specific to the student’s response. For example, a student whose response shows a common misconception might receive feedback that will help the student overcome this error in thinking.
If the student continues to answer incorrectly, a Show Me video will guide the student through the question—introducing appropriate strategies, modeling expert thinking, and teaching how to approach future tasks about this skill.
In order to demonstrate mastery of standards, students must be able to apply multiple skills to solve complex problems and tasks. As students complete specific combinations of topics, they unlock a Challenge, where they will have the opportunity to develop a deeper level of mastery.
The student dashboard, as well as UpSmart’s badges, encourage students to monitor their progress and celebrate their successful mastery of skills. Students will also accumulate trophies for productive behaviors like increasing time on task, showing persistence while working on a difficult task, or completing Challenges.
UpSmart offers continuous access to data and metrics to help teachers and administrators answer these important questions:
UpSmart can be used in a number of ways throughout the school year to provide students with an opportunity to practice and master state standards.
UpSmart is also highly customizable to align to a classroom’s scope and sequence. Teachers can assign topics to students in conjunction with their classroom lessons, reorder topics as needed, prioritize topics, or allow students to complete topics in the order they prefer.
Edgenuity engaged academic advisors in both subjects to review the scope and sequence, analyze skills progression and their alignment to standards, identify potential misconceptions for each level of the program, and review instructional exemplars and guidelines.
Professor of Education, University of Maryland
Principal Scientist (ret.), SRI International
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