BUILDING PRINCIPAL’S COMMENTS:
I am supportive of this grant, as this software will assist us in differentiating practice for students in needof continued practice and support in acquiring concepts and skills. This software will allow us to utilize
students’ time throughout the day more effectively and to provide them with individualized, specific
practice, tailored to meet their needs. In my mind, the use of technology to accomplish these tasks willlikely lead to increased student engagement, thus, increased student learning.
BUILDING PRINCIPAL’S SIGNATURE:
DATE November 1, 2008
SUPERINTENDENT’S SIGNATURE: ______________________________________DATE _____________
1. Please provide a Project Description.We have been looking for a way to effectively remediate our students who did not pass the math portion ofthe ISTEP. In the past we have used our remediation money to hire a certified staff member to provide afterschool remediation, teaching the basic skills of which students struggled with on the ISTEP.Unfortunately, we have not seen the results we have hoped using this approach. Our goal is to increase
these student’s achievement in math
through actively engaging them in research-based interactive contentmaterial, in the web based Compass Learning Odyssey. We believe our students will receive more directremediation assistance because the Compass Learning Odyssey is differentiated and can target specificstandards that individual students did not pass on the ISTEP.Our plan is to remediate these students in the morning (dates and exact times to be determined) in thecomputer lab with a certified staff member, the money to pay for the certified staff member is taken out ofremediation funds, this certified staff member will monitor the group and be trained on how to access,assign, and evaluate the assignments, assessments, and monitor progress with Compass Odyssey. Tomonitor progress, t
he school’s current principal,
technology coordinator, remediation director, andremediation teacher can access student data at any time.The program can also be used in interventions for up to 25 students, during the day with very little, to no,classroom teacher involvement. Once assignments are created by
the school’s current principal,
technology coordinator, remediation director, or the remediation teacher, students can login at anycomputer (home and school accessibility) and work on the assignment. This allows students to be able togo to a computer at anytime during the day and receive assigned re-teaching remediation and valuablepractice from the program.The goal of the project is to improve student achievement and enhance learning. We believe that thistechnology truly can engage students in a new and fresh way with more effectiveness than what we havedone in the past.2. Summarize the creative concept or original idea that forms the basis for the project. In what way isthe project innovative, creative, and exciting?
Living in a world dominated by the newest technology it’s no surprise that our students are engaged
through the use of technology in the classroom. Technology has been proven by research to enhancestudent performance when it directly supports objectives being assessed (see attached report).This project is innovative, creative, and an original idea. Using Compass Learning is innovative because
s database of engaging research-driven activities are always being updated and therefore the contentand technology is never out of date, and this freshness will perpetually engage students in active learning.