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Introducing a New Way to Rev Up Those RIT Scores

New DreamBox AssignFocus™ feature will be live in the fall, but you can demo it today

You may have heard the news that DreamBox Learning® recently partnered with NWEA® to empower educators with new ways to use data, differentiate assignments, and improve student achievement. Well, now you can sneak a peek at the smart new tool that lets you leverage assessment results to personalize instruction and boost learning outcomes.

The latest enhancement to DreamBox’s AssignFocus feature enables you to use a student’s RIT score ranges to easily create targeted, differentiated assignments for them right from within DreamBox. The reason this is such a game changer (and gap closer) is because it empowers educators to assign lessons that not only fit within their classroom goals but also meet students right where they are, according to their own personal assessment results.

As you may know, NWEA MAP® Growth™ measures what students already know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. Now educators will be able to use that data to define the starting point in the DreamBox curriculum for targeted and highly personalized ten-week assignments. Once a topic is assigned, DreamBox will continuously present lessons until the student demonstrates proficiency. All the while, teachers can also easily track and monitor student progress toward their learning goals using the AssignFocus History Report, which records the amount of time a student spends on the assignment, the number of lessons they complete, and more.

Of course, DreamBox already had a proven track record for improving student achievement on NWEA assessments. Indeed, DreamBox is the only K–8 math curriculum proven by multiple third-party studies to positively affect student outcomes. Most recently, findings by the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University suggest a linear correlation between DreamBox usage and improved scores on the MAP assessment.

According to NWEA MAP norms, a student will grow an average of 13 points over the course of a typical school year without intervention. However, the CEPR study found that students who played DreamBox for anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes per week saw incremental growth on top of that initial 13 points. In fact, students who used DreamBox for one hour per week achieved an additional 20.5 points above the norm—a phenomenal 58 percent increase! Now, with the added ability to use MAP Growth score data to create differentiated assignments within DreamBox, we have another way to help accelerate the learning and academic growth of each student.

A number of DreamBox users are already test driving a beta version of the new AssignFocus feature that will be rolled out to everyone officially in the fall of 2018, so stay tuned to our blog in the coming months for more updates and feedback from the field as they become available. In the meantime, if you’d like to see how you can use NWEA assessment data and DreamBox to inform instructional change in your classrooms, please request a free demo.


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