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Marengo Community (IL) High School

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Download PDF version of this articleTeachers and instructors in today’s high schools are continually challenged to explore new ways to capture their student’s attention and improve the ways in which they are able to learn.

When the superintendent of Marengo Community High School, Dr. Dan Bertrand, heard about the Academy of READING and Academy of MATH at a conference, he was very interested in the products and anxious to see if the results could match his expectations. The school implemented both the Academy of READING and Academy of MATH for their 8th and 9th grade students. According to Dr. Bertrand, he was quickly impressed with the rapid improvement of the students test results.

“We were thrilled when after only eight hours on task, the class average for our Title I students in English went up 1.8 grade levels. It was exciting to see how the students responded with enthusiasm to such improved results!”
David McCafferty, Teacher

“The programs have been a real success for us,” Dr. Bertrand said. “We have used Academy of READING and MATH in several ways. We have used the software to test all of our incoming 8th grade students to assess the skills they bring into the new school year. This helps us get right to the heart of the work with them on areas where we can see they need improvement.”

The Academy of MATH and award-winning Academy of READING software help students build foundational skills for elementary, middle and high schools – as well as English Language Learners, Title 1 and special education students. The software’s dynamic intervention engine adapts training to each student’s needs, accelerating where mastery is demonstrated and providing more practice and review when students are struggling.

Additionally, the programs feature age-appropriate environments and content, including: training questions, buddy characters and positive feedback elements that deliver an adaptive, personalized training experience for each student.

One of Marengo’s teachers, David McCafferty, is dedicated to the school’s at-risk students and found the software’s test tracking features to be incredibly beneficial in quickly improving the various ways that the students are able to process the information in their sessions.

“We use AutoSkill with the assistance of our reading specialist, Cecelia Frank — she will work with individual students to help us assess how each child is absorbing that day’s lesson,” McCafferty said. “We can really see the visual vs. auditory discrimination results.”

As students progress, AutoSkill products give administrators and teachers instant access to critical information to make data-driven decisions on their school and district reading and math programs. In-product reports provide graphical views of performance at the student, class and school level.

“We were thrilled when after only eight hours on task, the class average for our Title I students in English went up 1.8 grade levels,” McCafferty said. “It was exciting to see how the students responded with enthusiasm to such improved results!”

Literacy is about so much more than essential life skills. It’s about acquiring self-confidence. It’s about gaining access to life’s opportunities. AutoSkill is committed to helping students of all ages improve their literacy skills through effective and research-based software solutions. But the creators of the Academy of READING and Academy of MATH know that successful intervention programs require more than just great software. With little time and even fewer resources, busy educators need to quickly integrate technology into the classroom, help students become productive immediately and generate rapid and successful results.