"Levered not only helps our ELs, not only helps our students that struggle with reading comprehension...it helps the students who need to be challenged. It hits all those areas... When you’re a teacher with 26 or 27 students, it’s almost impossible to get to all those students on a daily basis, and Levered allows me to do that."
-Kathleen Garcia, ARUSD
The hard work and success of students can be visualized by looking at the achievement levels where we saw over 50% growth in "Exceeding Standards" and a collapse of the "Standard Not Met" category, for the same cohort of students.
Chula Vista Elementary School District in San Diego is the largest K-6 district in California with over 30,000 students, with 32.9 % English Learners and 53.6 % Economically Disadvantaged students. Chula Vista is incredibly diverse, both culturally and economically, with schools in predominantly affluent neighborhoods as well as areas where the median home price is under $100,000.
Our case study is focused on two schools, Salt Creek Elementary and Montgomery Elementary that represent the cultural diversity and wide spectrum of economic realities.
Both schools have since experienced outstanding increases in their California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores. They attribute the success to increased student engagement, along with Levered's integrated support for English Language Learners and the individualized, competency-based curriculum that helps teachers differentiate learning.
Overall, students exceeding standards at Salt Creek grew by 10%, while the state dropped 1%.
63% of English Learners at Salt Creek were proficient versus the California average of 18%.
Economically Disadvantaged students saw 224% growth over California.
Students with Disabilities were 64% proficient versus 18.5% in California.
1. True standards alignment - we start by mapping every standard skills and subskills to appropriate activities and incorporate Common Core's eight mathematical practices into the individual, built-in group work, and whole class activities.
2. Adaptive, context-rich content - our curriculum is is made from research-backed strategies that work from real-world animated concepts to more abstract concepts as students build mastery. We anticipate common mistakes and offer feedback in real-time based on the type of error made instead of just telling the student to "try again".
3. Comptency-based curriculum - students must show mastery in their work before progressing, giving students that are struggling the time to work through basic concepts and gifted student the runway to go deeply into topics at their own pace.
4. Ongoing assessment - rather than making assessments at a couple of points in the year, we are assessing students in real-time as they work through their individual work. Data from this assessment is available to the teachers to make decisions about what students should work on next as well as providing valuable data about where students are struggling at the moment.
5. Data-driven planning in real time - our teacher dashboard helps teachers to decide on interventions and enrichment opportunities based on real-time data. Teachers get live alerts about student requests for help, struggles, and progress. Students struggling with certain standards are grouped in the dashboard, giving the teacher the ability to plan whole-class activities or conduct small-group interventions in moments, using questions based on the exact standard.
Fourth graders at Salt Creek improved their CAASPP scores by 137% of the state average in the 2016/2017 school year—their first year using the platform—and by 172% the following year.
Fourth grade ELL students improved their scores on the state math test by more than 60 percent and moved up ten places for the overall district.