113 students in the English Language Learner Summer Enrichment Program and 87 students in grades 3 and 4 in the Summer Math & Literacy Program piloted the new Successmaker programs during the 4 week summer programs.
The students in the English Language Learner Summer Enrichment Program used the Reading program and the students in grades 3 and 4 used the Math Concepts and Skills program. The goal was for each student to use Successmaker at least 3 times per week for 20 minute sessions. The average gain for students enrolled in the Math program was .9 months and the average gain for students enrolled in the Reading program was 1.1 months.
The new Successmaker program is web-based so that it can be used in school and at home. The Waltham Public Schools have been given 45 licenses to pilot for July, August and September.
Students were asked to check home computers to see if their home computers could access the Successmaker programs. 61% of the 95 students who responded reported that they have a home computer that connects to the Internet. Of those 61% students who responded 32% – or 27 students – reported that their home computer passed the test to use Successmaker on a home computer.
The pilot continues through August and September and we hope the students with home access continue to use the program (7 students have continued to login in the month of August).
Anyone with an iPad can download the free App, Successmaker SpeedGames. SpeedGames were also used by students in the Pilot program. When students finished their math session they were encouraged to use Speed Games on the computer to practice basic math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.