News and Trends
Back Office Business, February 2011
Delaware’s public libraries now have
access to major e-book resource
Challenge: Many public libraries rely on their
state libraries to select and provide access to
authoritative information. At the same time, our
public schools, which have experienced significant
materials budget cuts, are increasingly looking to
their public libraries for support.
Solution: Delaware chose the Public Library
Complete Pilot Program from ebrary (www.ebrary.com/corp) to provide
simultaneous, multi-user access to more than 21,000 full-text
ebooks from leading publishers. Delaware public high schools will be
eligible for complimentary onsite and offsite access.
Worcester (MA) Public Schools
launches reading-intervention program
Challenge: To help elementary and secondary
students improve critical reading and language skills.
Solution: The district began using Scientific
Learning’s Fast ForWord (www.scilearn.com) software
in September and has already
seen students in three different
schools achieve more than a year
and a half of growth in 28 days. Students work on the program for a half
hour each day in computer labs.
Math achievement off the charts in
Challenge: To improve students
achievement in low- and high-performing
schools and with a wide range of
student groups, including gifted and
students in poverty.
Solution: After using Carnegie Learning (www.carnegielearning.com)
Math curricula, eight Kentucky districts moved up in math percentile
rankings at both the high school and middle school levels. Owsley
County in rural eastern Kentucky improved a remarkable 70 points
in high school math and 42 points in middle school rank. Schools in
Owsley, Ohio, and Union County districts demonstrated AYP for the first
time since the institution of NCLB.
Indiana first to align
with Common Core
Challenge: Ensuring that Indiana teachers
and building- and district-level leaders are
well prepared to teach the subject areas in
which they are licensed, provide leadership,
and contribute to improved achievement for
all Indiana students.
Solution : The Indiana Professional Standards
Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Indiana
DoE, unanimously approved new developmental
and content standards for educators, making
Indiana the first state in the nation to fully
align its teacher standards with Common Core
State Standards (www.corestandards.org). The
new, rigorous standards are aligned with the
Indiana Academic Standard, as well as with
national standards in each field.
district in the U.S.
offers online tutoring
Challenge: To help ninth-grade algebra
students master skills and concepts, receive
additional support, complete homework, and
prepare for exams.
Solution : Broward County Public Schools
used Title I funds to offer one-to-one online
tutoring from Tutor.com. The students can connect
to online tutors for help in science, social
studies, or English—in addition to algebra.