Case Studies

Bakersfield City School District–Extended Learning Program Bakersfield, California

In the Extended Learning Program (ELP) in the middle schools of Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) student attendance is improving and disciplinary situations have decreased. What is sparking students' interest in after-school opportunities? Engineering— with plenty of inquiry-based, hands-on educational experiences that encourage exploration and inspire ingenuity. With STEMscopesTM DIVE-in Engineering, ELP site coordinators now have an age-appropriate curriculum and resources to teach the engineering design process and help students become creative makerspace engineers......

STEMscopes 2019 Research Summary

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, districts and schools are required to use evidence to evaluate the programs, interventions, and curricula that they use. Many ESSA programs require schools or districts to evaluate the evidence of curricula in producing desired outcomes, most notably improving student achievement. Given the ever-changing nature of the classroom and available resources, ESSA has identified four tiers of evidence that districts can use to evaluate the strength of the evidence based on the research that has been conducted. The tiers range from Tier 1 (strong evidence where a randomized control trial has demonstrated effects on student achievement) to Tier 4 (demonstrates a rationale where there is a well-designed logic model but no research evidence).

Since its inception at Rice University, STEMscopes has conducted research to inform product development and to evaluate the effectiveness of STEMscopes on teachers and students. Based on this research conducted over several years, the evidence of STEMscopes effectiveness is solidly in Tier 2 (moderate evidence). In other words, there is moderate evidence of STEMscopes' effectiveness based on several high quality quasi-experimental studies. We have highlighted several studies, including quasi-experimental studies and case-studies...

Oregon Schools Increase Fifth Grade Proficiency Rate 6+ Percentage Points in One Year

During the 2017-18 school year, 27 Oregon school districts used the STEMscopes NGSS digital science curriculum in their elementary schools. The 2018 Oregon Science Assessment results show that these districts had a fifth grade proficiency rate 4 percentage points higher than districts that did not use STEMscopes, even after controlling for important demographic variables and previous year achievement. This translates to an additional 371 fifth grade students considered proficient in science. In addition, the districts that used STEMscopes improved their fifth grade proficiency rates by 2 percentage points from 2017 to 2018, while proficiency rates in districts that did not use STEMscopes decreased by 2 points. One of the 27 Oregon districts that used STEMscopes NGSS was Cascade School District...

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...

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