Engaging teaching tool motivates students toward mastery and rewards learning with games to help students improve skills and test readiness
Herndon, Virginia, November 1, 2016 — This fall, Mount Holly Township School District in Mount Holly, N.J., started implementing Stride™, the newest personalized learning solution offered by Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™), with its students in grades 3-8.
Using Stride, teachers assign students modules covering math, language arts, reading, and science that they can complete at school or at home. As students answer questions, they earn gaming time within Stride. To meet each student’s needs and best determine their comprehension, the question engine adjusts the difficulty of questions based on each student’s skill level. Teachers can then generate reports to monitor student progress and help make decisions about how to differentiate instruction.
Jim DiDonato, Superintendent of Schools at Mount Holly Township School District, first heard about Stride at the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)’s 2016 Model Schools Conference. Dr. Bill Daggett, the founder and chair of ICLE, shared how several products and services, including Stride, can be used to rapidly improve schools. After seeing some of the student achievement data presented, DiDonato began researching how Stride could help the district’s students.
“We are always looking for good supplemental programming to include in our core academic areas,” said DiDonato. “Not only does Stride give students access to engaging, rigorous content, it gives us a way to easily track student progress.”
The district, which qualifies as a Title I district, has trained teachers to use Stride with students in grades 3-8. Students in the middle school’s alternative and special education programs, as well as students in the math and reading extended day program, will also use Stride as a supplemental learning tool. Students in grades 3-5 will be using Stride as part of the elementary school’s Response to Intervention (RTI) program. These students have a dedicated class period almost every day during which they will be using Stride. Students will access Stride in the school’s computer labs and on class sets of Google Chromebooks.
“We saw an increase in the number of students who were at or above grade level for English Language Arts in every grade and almost every grade level in math when we compared the PARCC scores from the 2014-15 to the 2015-16 school years,” said DiDonato. “And Stride’s adaptive content is aligned to national and state standards so we believe this will help our students prepare that much more for this year’s PARCC testing. We’re always trying to make our students and our schools more successful.”
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