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Succeeding with a Math Pilot

Take clear steps to evaluate and choose a good digital math program

Your district or school favors introducing a new math program to help students learn better and succeed more. But how do you select the right one to invest in long-term? Take a customized pilot “test drive” to uncover what you need to know, in as little as eight weeks. Evaluate the program to decide how best to implement it in your classrooms––before you roll it out in a big way.

It can be tricky, though, to bring decision-makers in your organization together on this evaluation. That’s why we recommend a proven six-step process to effectively involve all your key stakeholders in a perfect pilot.

  1. Set your vision and goals

Determine what large-scale program success would look like for your schools. What are your priorities? Define the questions you need the pilot to answer about problems you want to solve for your students.

  1. Consider your most relevant criteria

List your “non-negotiable” digital math program needs. Take into account any technical issues that may affect instruction. Make sure you vet any program you’re looking into through respected educational research organizations.

  1. Make a comprehensive pilot plan

Select a representative team of implementation managers––teachers who have specific objectives, comfort with technology, and good classroom management skills. Determine benchmarks and success metrics, diverse sampling groups, and timelines. Make sure everyone is in the loop on communications, to ensure buy-in and cooperation among key stakeholders.

  1. Put your pilot plan into action

Successful pilots call for strong structures, coaching and communication. Empower your teachers with enough initial training time. Your EdTech provider is there to help–– ask them for recommendations on best practices. And get tech support people on board to back your pilot participants.

  1. Analyze the outcomes

Collect data through teacher and student surveys to find out how everything went. Did teachers feel their training was sufficient? Do students feel greater confidence in their math abilities? Get ahold of usage and learning data to further understand if the program enabled meaningful results.

  1. Make the right choice

Now you’re ready to process all data, evaluate the outcomes, and make a program recommendation to your school district leadership.

Dreambox has partnered with schools and districts on many successful math program pilots. Come join the DreamBox Learning pilot program, and we’ll support you through yours.

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