Orange County Public Schools
In late January 2017, Orange County Public School System began a semester long pilot of Nessy Reading and Spelling used as a general classroom curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students. Two schools were chosen to participate in this pilot, Michael McCoy Elementary School, and Blankner K-8 school, both located in Orlando, Florida.
The OCPS Pilot Program had 2-School Coordinators, 3-Pilot School Leads, 18 teachers and 375 grade K and grade 1 students. The pilot took place over 16 weeks.
After 8 Weeks
At 8 weeks, data was collected from 4 classes, two from each school. The classes selected were the 4 groups with the highest fidelity of use. This was determined by minutes spent on the program, and the timely administration of the target assessments at the onset of the program in January, and again at the 6-week mark in mid-March. The number of students in the sample is 29..
Out of these 4 groups individual students were eliminated from the data sample if:
The student did not fall into the time parameters (less than an average weekly usage of 40 minutes or more than an average week usage of 99 minutes)
The student was in the process of setting targets (taking an assessment) when the data was being collected
The student was working with no set targets, (this is an inefficient way to use the program – targets must be set to assign the correct lesson plan to the student)
Students using the program for an average of 40 minutes per week for 6 weeks, had an average grade level improvement of .40 (4 tenths of a school year).
Students using the program for an average of 60 minutes per week for 6 weeks, had an average grade level improvement of .50 (1/2 of a school year).
Students using the program for an average of 80 minutes per week for 6 weeks, had an average grade level improvement of 1.0 (one school year).
After 16 Weeks
At the 16 week mark data was collected again. It was found that students using Nessy for at least 80 minutes a week gained an average of 1.6 grade levels in just 4 months.
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