BOSTON (July 15, 2015) – At the heart of great classroom instruction is the teacher’s ability to identify individual student needs and adjust instruction and intervention accordingly. However, a recent survey by Lexia Learning®, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, suggests that significant gaps exist in teachers’ abilities to quickly access, interpret and act upon student data to support instruction. The survey, which polled more than 200 educators at the International Society for Technology in Education 2015 Conference and Expo (ISTE), indicated there is a growing need to have assessments more quickly pinpoint skill deficiencies while rapidly providing teachers with connections to actionable data for immediate instructional planning.
According to the survey, only 35 percent of the survey respondents felt that teachers at their schools had a high or very high level of comfort connecting data to instruction. The low figure suggests that the majority of teachers still have trouble using data to identify students’ problem areas and adjust instruction accordingly. When teachers are unable to make that correlation, students are unlikely to receive the appropriate level or intensity of instruction needed to drive academic success.
The survey also found that fewer than half (48 percent) of respondents felt that their current screener assessments provide clear categorizations of which students were on track and which needed more attention. This compounds the problem where a majority of learners are not receiving the support they need, and indicates that some of their teachers may not even be aware that there is a problem to solve.
While 54 percent of respondents said that teachers in their schools have assessment data that tells them whether intervention plans are working, significantly fewer (only 37 percent) believed that their assessment data told them how to change an ineffective intervention plan currently in place.
Additionally, the survey revealed that current screener assessments take up too much instructional time. Eighty-three percent of educators believe that screener assessments should take 30 minutes or less, however, less than half (47 percent) of the respondents indicated that their screener assessments could be administered within that timeframe.
These findings, along with the previously cited low figure associated with teachers linking data to instruction, signify that combining assessments with guidance for adjusting interventions in accordance with student needs would be a major step toward making data-based instruction a reality for numerous classrooms.
“Our survey results echo the findings from the Gates Foundation’s recently released report, which revealed that 67 percent of teachers weren’t fully satisfied with the effectiveness of the data they receive from digital tools,” said Lexia President, Nick Gaehde. “It is this same need that has driven Lexia’s mission for more than 30 years, helping teachers assess student needs efficiently and then use the data to positively impact classroom instruction.”
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Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.
Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on the go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the company's Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designersto be fun and help keep your brain sharp.
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