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Charlotte County Public Schools Raises Passing Rate on Florida’s Grade 5 Statewide Science Assessment by 7 Percentage Points in One Year

In Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS), 57 percent of fifth graders passed the Florida Statewide Science Assessment in 2016, up from 50 percent in 2015. What changed from one school year to the next? In 2015-16, CCPS received a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) grant and provided STEM teachers in all 10 elementary schools with the STEMscopesTM online, comprehensive science curriculum and in-depth professional development to enhance their content knowledge and teaching skills...

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2017 STEMscopes Case Study Brief

Findings from the State of Texas 2015-2016 STAARTM (State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness) Release Tests, have revealed that STEMscopes district-users in the state of Texas have higher passing rates than districts that do not use STEMscopes. Analyses were using data from the 2015-2016 school year show that STEMscopes districts had a passing rate of 73.3% vs. 69.2% for districts without STEMscopes on the science STAAR. Subgroups including economically disadvantaged, Latino, LEP, and Bilingual/ESL students demonstrated that these populations had significantly higher passing rates in STEMscopes districts. These differences ranged from an increase of 2.8 percentage points to 4.8 percentage points...

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Waco ISD Prekindergarten STEMscopes Early Explorer Quantitative Impact Analysis: A Case for Starting STEM Early

In the 2015-2016 school year, the children who participated in the 2014-2015 implementation study were followed into kindergarten. All kindergarten students were assessed on their science and engineering skills throughout the school year. Specifically, students were assessed using the Children’s Learning Institute Engage, a comprehensive progress monitoring system that includes quantitative assessments across multiple domains of academic achievement...

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Comparing 5th Grade STAARTM Passing Rates for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts with 365,477 Students

In the 335 districts that use STEMscopes science curriculum the average passing rate for the STEMscopes district was 75.1%, while the average passing rate for non-STEMscopes districts was 68.5%.

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Waco ISD Prekindgarten Classes Increase STEM Instruction from 2 Minutes to 36 Minutes a Day with STEMscopes Early Explorer

STEMscopesTM Early Explorer makes STEM education accessible and easy for preschool teachers so that time spent on STEM instruction increases significantly. In a 2014-15 implementation study in Waco ISD, teachers reported spending an average of 36 minutes per day on STEM instruction, compared to the national average of 1 to 3 minutes spent on math and science in preschool classrooms...

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5E+IA Lesson Model Case Study

An in-depth analysis and literature review of the creation of the 5E+IA lesson model and its impact when enacted on a 5th grade classroom.

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Teacher Growth in Florida MSP Grant Study

Partnering with Bay and Escambia County Schools, Accelerate Learning conducted a year-long (2015-2016) initiative to improve 3rd-8th grade STEM teacher practices, as part of an MSP grant funded by the state of Florida. Participating teachers (n = 44) had access to the STEMscopes Florida curriculum, materials kits, and 60 hours of professional development (9 full-day trainings) aimed at improving science content knowledge and STEM instructional practices. Results show that participating teachers improved their STEM instructional practices and science content knowledge across the school year.

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Understanding STEMscopes Research

Dr. Elizabeth Bell explains how STEMscopes designs studies, conducts research, and acts on results using three unique methods.

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High Fidelity Use of STEMscopes Results in Higher Standardized Test Scores

An analysis of the level of usage of STEMscopes and student’s 5th grade STAAR scores in the 2014-2015 school year.

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2014-2015 STEMscopes Early Explorer Implementation Study across a Large, Public School District PreK Program

In the 2014-2015 school year, the research team at Accelerate Learning partnered with a public school district to implement Early Explorer in their entire preschool program.

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Comparing 5th Grade STAARTM Passing Rates for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts with 361,095 Students

In the 311 districts that use STEMscopes for more than 50% of their 5th grade population, these results demonstrate that an additional 7,470 students overall and 4,730 students who are economically disadvantaged passed the 5th grade STAAR exam because they were in STEMscopes districts.

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The Need for an Early Childhood STEM Curriculum

A white paper demonstrating the need for an early childhood STEM curriculum through STEMscopes Early Explorer.

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Current Research Summary

A two-page summary of current research on the academic impact of STEMscopes.

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STEMscopes School Impact Study 2012-2013

A two-year study regarding the impact of STEMscopes and how teachers use STEMscopes on 5th grade STAARTM scores.

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5th Grade Impact Study

A two-year study regarding the impact of STEMscopes on 5th grade STAARTM scores.

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8th Grade Impact Study

A two-year study regarding the impact of STEMscopes on 8th grade STAARTM scores.

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STEMscopes Early Explorer: Implementation of an Inquiry-Based Digital Curriculum to Enhance Early Childhood STEM Education

Preliminary results for the STEMscopes Early Explorer Implementation Study – presented at 2015 Society for Research in Child Development conference.

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Teacher-Centered Design: Improving a K-12 Science Curriculum and its Dashboard

Comparison of how teachers percieve STEMscopes use - presented at 2013 National Association for Research on Science Teaching.

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Contextualizing Learning Analytics in a K-12 Science Curriculum

Addresses scalability and impact of curriculum analytics systems - resented at International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference 2013.

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STEMscopes Level of Usage and Effect on STAARTM

An analysis of how 5th Grade STAARTM scores improved as frequency of teachers' STEMscopes curriculum use increased.

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District Comparison Study

Using 5th and 8th grade STAARTM data, STEMscopes schools were shown to outperform those without STEMscopes.

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Elementary and Secondary High Users Study

5th and 8th grade teachers using STEMscopes often with high fidelity significantly outscore their non-user counterparts on STAARTM.

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8th Grade STEMscopes Students “Climb Higher” than Students Not Using STEMscopes

8th grade STEMscopes students “climb higher” than students not using STEMscopes by significantly outscoring them on the Science State of Texas Assessment of Academic ReadinessTM.

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Using STEMscopes with Fidelity and Student Science Achievement

A one-year study examining the fidelity of use of STEMscopes in 5th grade and its association with student STAARTM scores.

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