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Plato Courseware Increases Student Success in a 1:1 Environment in Bellevue, IA

Plato Courseware Increases Student Success in a 1:1 Environment in Bellevue, IA
School Name and Location: 
Bellevue School District
The Challenge: 

Bellevue School District is a rural district in Bellevue, Iowa. Bellevue wanted students to have access to extra assistance—available online and around the clock—to help improve basic skills that would in turn improve Iowa state test scores. The district was also searching for a solution that could provide benchmark measurements so that teachers could easily determine exactly what skills students were mastering and what skills they needed to improve.

How They Did it: 

As part of a response to intervention program and to supplement regular coursework, students at Bellevue now access Edmentum's Plato Courseware on their laptops at home and study the material at their own pace for a truly individualized experience.

Plato Courseware is a standards-based online learning program grounded in a tradition of solid research, sound pedagogy, and applied innovation. The rigorous curriculum offers interactive and media-rich content to keep students focused and on task.

At school, students then receive instruction and support from their teachers for additional skill reinforcement and to ensure that no student is left behind.

Success: 

After using Plato Courseware for one year, Bellevue saw lower failure rates in its middle school and high school classes for all quarters of the school year. Bellevue High School also attained a 100 percent graduation rate during the 2012—13 school year. Overall, 90 percent of students improved their scores on district benchmark tests from the beginning to the middle of the year and also from midyear to the end of the year, and that growth paid off when students took the state exam at the end of the year. Scores in reading and math on the 8th and 11th grade tests improved across the board from 2012 to 2013.

Teachers and students appreciate that they are now able to preview the material before class using Plato Courseware. Students are more confident and prepared to achieve using Plato Courseware. Principal Tom Meyer hears students saying, "I know this already. I did it in Plato!"

The Future: 

With Edmentum's Plato Courseware, the district is able to offer a wide variety of courses and better prepare students for high school, college, and beyond. Some students in 6th grade were able to take 9th and 10th grade math classes online in 2013. Advanced students are challenged, while struggling students are receiving the assistance they need to attain grade-level mastery. Meyer said, "Make the time for [Edmentum products] in your schedule for students, and require it for students in need!"

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