Inside the Classroom

One School’s Success with Data-Driven Instruction

Claude Elementary School outside of Amarillo, Texas enrolls approximately 160 students in grades pre-K to 5. In the 2016–2017 school year, Edgenuity® helped administrators and teachers evaluate the growth of students enrolled in Pathblazer® compared to student growth from a normative sample. In short, the students grew significantly on the NWEA MAP® Growth assessments between the fall and spring semesters. Almost two-thirds of students met or exceeded national normative growth in reading and nearly three-quarters met or exceeded normative growth in math. So, how exactly did they accomplish this?

Principal Doug Rawlins was passionate about Pathblazer from the beginning, saying that in his experience, “[in] every single grade level at every single campus, students who used Pathblazer outperformed those students who did not.” Led by Principal Rawlins, teachers at Claude Elementary established a flex model of blended learning in classrooms and computer labs where students used the program for a total of 60 minutes per day: 30 minutes on math and 30 minutes on reading. Teachers would monitor their students’ progress using Pathblazer’s reporting features, and use that information to deliver data-driven instruction to students based on their achievement in various skills as well as provide additional remediation, challenge, or support.

Typically taken three times per year, NWEA MAP® Growth assessments use a RIT score to measure student growth and determine student mastery of various defined skills. Pathblazer partners with NWEA to import this data and create individualized learning paths for students based on the needs identified by this assessment. The beauty of this automation is that teachers know students are getting exactly the content they need and not wasting time on skills they have already mastered. After the student tests in the fall, he will be assigned a certain learning path, and when he retests in the winter, that path could be adjusted based on his growth on the test. Since the learning paths are dynamic throughout the year, students are always receiving the right lessons for them.

At Claude Elementary, data show a significant relationship between the percentage of Pathblazer lessons completed and gains on the NWEA MAP® Growth assessment. Moreover, all students are seeing improvement, which was one issue Principal Rawlins noted early on. He was concerned that his highest and lowest students were getting left behind, but with Pathblazer’s data-driven instruction, every student gets the specific attention they need.

Want to learn more about Claude Elementary? Check out our research brief and short video detailing how Pathblazer is helping them change student lives.

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Since 1998, Edgenuity has been creating products and services that help all students achieve their full potential. As an extension of our efforts, we’ve created Where Learning Clicks to share meaningful and timely ideas about trends, developments, and changes in education, as well as how to further incorporate technology into today’s classrooms.