(Text on Screen) Academy Online High School (AOHS) serves over 400 students in the state of Colorado who require flexibility in their schedules.
To help impact graduation rates and student success, AOHS was looking for a mechanism to help facilitate a deeper understanding of student progress.
They are using the Brightspace platform to monitor, intervene in, and personalize the learning experience for students.
Rick Tanski, Principal, AOHS: In order for teachers to figure out where students are, what students need and where to intervene, they have to manage many different kinds of data. And if we’re looking at a standards-based approach to how we work with kids and how we instruct kids and how we move kids along, that’s a huge amount of data for teachers to manage.
As we are trying to help kids manage their progress towards mastering the standards, that’s not going to happen unless we have the technology to assist us. The technology really intervenes for the teacher to make huge amounts of data manageable and bring it down so they can pinpoint the direct interventions that they need for their kids.
S3 (Brightspace Student Success System™) has been particularly helpful because a teacher can see at a glance a student’s trend where they are trending up, where they are trending down, how kids are doing or how well they are doing or not-well they’re doing can’t be attributable to one single factor.
It’s the piece of a larger program.
One of the things that we look at are failure rates and our failure rates are down about 36% over where they were this time last year when all of these things weren’t coming together.
(Text on Screen) Using Technology to facilitate student success
Rick Tanski: It really demands that you rethink your educational approach. What is the ultimate goal? And one of the simplest things to do is ‘walking out the door at the end of the year this student needs to be able to do what?’ You start from there and you work your way backwards and along the way you are going to find the tools that make those adjustments along the way or build the initial learning objects or learning programs or content pieces all the way through.
We have to make sure that the technology that we have at our own fingertips helps build relationships with our kids so we can move them. If we let technology be the barrier, then we are doing our kids and ourselves a disservice. If we let the technology by the facilitator—if we let it be the underlying tool—we’re going to see the kids grow. We’re going to see the teachers grow with them as well.