Case Studies

Comparing 5th Grade Proficiency on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts

This study compares school districts that used STEMscopes and districts that did not use STEMscopes on the science component of the 2019 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP). Districts were identified as STEMscopes districts if they had a subscription to STEMscopes for the students in the tested grades (i.e., 5th grade) and showed usage of STEMscopes based on the analytics data. In 2019, a new version of the MAAP science assessment that reflected the updated science standards was administered. The state of Mississippi creates benchmarks for proficiency in science and assesses students using five levels: minimal, basic, passing, proficient, and advanced. The district's proficiency rate is defined as the percentage of students who were proficient or advanced in science. ...

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Comparing Science Proficiency on the Georgia Milestones Assessment System for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts

This study compares school districts that used STEMscopes and districts that did not use STEMscopes on the science component of the 2019 Georgia Milestones Assessment System. Districts were identified as STEMscopes districts if they had a subscription to STEMscopes for students in 5th grade and showed usage of STEMscopes based on the analytics data. The state of Georgia creates benchmarks for proficiency in science and identifies students within four levels (beginner, developing, proficient, and distinguished learner). For the purposes of this study, the district's proficiency rate was defined as the percentage of students who were proficient or distinguished in science...

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STEMscopes Usage and Student Science Achievement in Florida Middle Schools 2018–2019 School Year

In a sample of schools that used STEMscopes, this study examined the use of STEMscopes in middle school as a predictor of achievement on the Florida Statewide Science Assessment (SSA). In Florida, middle school students are assessed on the SSA in the 8th grade year. Utilizing the SSA data, Florida school demographic data, and analytics data from the STEMscopes platform, the research team found a positive association between teachers' use of STEMscopes and student proficiency in science at their school...

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Comparing Science Achievement in STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts for 403,811 Students in Texas

This study reports on a comparison of school districts that use STEMscopes and districts that do not use STEMscopes on the science component of the 2018-2019 State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR™). The state of Texas creates benchmarks for proficiency in science, identifying students as not proficient, approaching grade-level proficiency, meeting grade-level proficiency, and mastering grade-level proficiency. The percentage of students in each of these categories is used to determine a district's achievement score in science. The percentage of students who approach grade-level proficiency is used by the state as the district passing rate. The key findings of the study include...

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