Case Studies

Columbia County Raises Fifth Grade Proficiency Rates

In the first year that Columbia County School District (CCSD) used the STEMscopes Georgia curriculum, the percentage of fifth graders scoring at the proficient level and above on the Georgia Milestones Science End-of-Grade (EOG) assessment increased from 52 percent in 2017 to 56 percent in 2018. By moving from textbooks to the online, comprehensive science curriculum, CCSD achieved its vision for hands-on STEM learning — and posted its best results in science since the Georgia Milestones Assessment System began in 2014-15...

Horizon Elementary Raises Passing Rate to 51 Percent in 2018

At Horizon Elementary, a Title I school in the Broward County Public Schools district, the passing rate on the Florida Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment jumped from 27 percent in 2016 to 48 percent in 2017 and 51 percent in 2018. How did Horizon's fifth grade teachers help the school nearly double its passing rate in just two years? In 2016-17, they transformed their classrooms into active learning spaces for science with the STEMscopesTM digital science curriculum and hands-on exploration kits...

Comparing 5th Grade Proficiency Rates for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts in Oregon

The ALI research team examined achievement results on the 2018 Oregon state science assessment in 5th grade for districts that used STEMscopes NGSS compared to districts that did not. The key findings include: Districts that used STEMscopes had a proficiency rate 4% higher than districts that did not use STEMscopes, even after controlling for important demographic variables and previous year achievement. The 4% increase in proficiency rates associated with STEMscopes translates to an additional 371 5th grade students considered proficient in science....

STEMscopes Usage and Student Science Achievement in Florida Elementary Schools

This study examines the relationship of using STEMscopes and student achievement on the Florida Statewide Science Assessment (SSA). In Florida, elementary students are assessed on the SSA in the 5th grade year. Utilizing data from both school performance and STEMscopes analytics, the research team found a positive association between teachers' use of STEMscopes and academic achievement on the SSA...

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