Jack Markell

In response to Why we're applying to Solve:

great to know you've already been partnering with Columbia.

Jack Markell

In response to How we will measure our progress:

the last of these goals seems to be the most important so I think it would be good to put a heavier focus there and use the other two (more content resources and better teacher knowledge) as vehicles to achieve the real goal of better student achievement.

Jacob Bronstein

Hello Mr. Markell,

Thank you for your insightful comments. Regarding your comment about putting the focus on student achievement, our plan for the next phase of our proof of concept exploration (post funding) is to show that the website and materials result in student learning.

WordScientists.org software would be further developed to gain insights into student reading performance through 3 methods.

1. Progress monitoring assessments software will be built into selected lesson guides and collect data while the teacher works with students.

2. Classroom activities that are performed on hardware will track student answers in real time providing useful insights into student knowledge levels.

3. When students have completed a set of books for each stage, there will be curriculum based assessments to quantify students’ reading progress. The data will identify patterns to direct teachers to the type of instruction individual students need and what the class as a whole requires. This software will provide teachers with the assistance they need to accurately assess and accelerate student learning.

We would appreciate to know your thoughts on going in this direction to address the measurement of student achievement.

Jack Markell

In response to Why our solution will solve the problem:

the info about the research in Nepal is very helpful. otherwise, hard to know how much value this adds versus the many other tools available to address this problem.

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