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Pleasure Ridge High School
Challenge and Goals
Improving On-Time Graduation
“Many of the students I see in the Pearson Education Technologies lab are really bright students who are underchallenged or have lousy attendance,” said Judy Snyder. For some students, the lab is the only feasible way for them to make up the credits. “An 18 or 19 year old senior who needs to make up freshman English doesn’t want to sit in a class full of freshmen,” Snyder said. “And since summer school and correspondence classes are tuition-based, they aren’t an option for many students.”Implementation
Instruction for At-Risk Students
Participating students are
scheduled for one hour-long class period each day at the 24-computer lab.
They work individually to make up course credits by completing SuccessMaker
courses such as Reader’s Workshop, Reading Investigations, Critical Reading
Skills, Fundamentals of English, Writing Process and Skills, Algebra Topics,
Math Enrichment, GEDR, Science Discovery, and Essentials of Living and
Working. According to Judy Snyder, the individual nature of the SuccessMaker
coursework has been a big success with students. “If they need help in
the lab, we’ll help them one-on-one until they understand it and then we
walk away,” said Snyder.
Before beginning SuccessMaker instruction, Snyder administers the TABE to assess their skill levels in reading and mathematics. Any students who test at or below the fifth-grade level are given pencil-and-paper reviews before starting the courseware. “It’s important to bring students to a point where they can be successful before starting Pearson Education Technologies instruction,” said Snyder.
New students also benefit
from the individualized instruction. “Students who start in the middle
of the semester are often able to make up the instruction they missed using
SuccessMaker,” said Judy Snyder. In addition, Pleasure Ridge Park uses
the lab for GED classes two nights a week. According to Snyder, “SuccessMaker
has been the difference between passing and failing the GED for some students.”
SuccessMaker to Graduate on Schedule
To help students graduate on schedule, Judy Snyder often invites them to use the lab during the two nights a week it is open for GED classes. Students who take advantage of this extra time have earned as many as four credits in one year through SuccessMaker instruction.
According to Snyder, the program is a success with both students and staff. “Most of the students love the Pearson Education Technologies instruction because they can do it on their own. One student made up four half-credits this semester. Without this program, she wouldn’t graduate.”
Pleasure Ridge Park graduates an average of 400 students per year. Every year, approximately 100 students-one quarter of those graduating-use SuccessMaker to earn at least one of the 21 credits they need to graduate.
“My counselors love the
program,” said Snyder. “It’s been a place to put students who can’t work
in a bigger classroom, who are loners, or who don’t like class participation.
SuccessMaker has been a real plus for a lot of kids.”
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