Instructional Tools can Make the Difference Between Success and Something Less
For several years Carver’s teachers had used Pearson’s SchoolNet system for formative assessments. But was it the right tool for mastery learning? Turn-around time on grading quizzes was measured in days – too long to engage students with instant feedback as is prescribed by instructional plans like Numbers Matter. Teachers were spending a lot of time too, copying and pasting questions into SchoolNet.
Then in the fall of 2016 Janelle Miller – a recently matriculated Teach for America Corps Member – introduced Quick Key’s mobile grading app to Assistant Principal Burke and the other teachers of English II. Quick Key eliminated the headaches of SchoolNet and provided the instant feedback needed to engage students.
According to Assistant Principal Burke, Quick Key made Numbers Matter feasible, and as a result students in Numbers Matter achieved more in the classroom, and on the state test, the North Carolina EOC ELA exam, than they had in years.