Woodbridge Township School District Motivates Student Learning in Woodbridge, NJ

Woodbridge Township School District Motivates Student Learning in Woodbridge, NJ
School Name and Location: 
Woodbridge Township School District
The Challenge: 

In 2005, Woodbridge Township School District set out to enhance its mathematics instruction and help students better prepare for state tests.

“At the time, our math test scores were flat, and the district was looking to make significant changes,” said Kimberly B. Hahn, supervisor of elementary mathematics, academic support instruction (ASI) language arts/math, elementary testing, and K–12 art. “One change was to introduce a new elementary mathematics curriculum called Everyday Mathematics. Another was to introduce Study Island.”

How They Did it: 

Woodbridge Township School District introduced Study Island in all 16 elementary schools during the 2005-06 school year and soon expanded it to all five middle schools. Study Island offers web-based instruction, practice, and assessments in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Built directly to New Jersey and Common Core State Standards, Study Island helps K–12 students master grade-level content and prepare for state assessments in a fun, engaging manner.

Today, all Woodbridge Township students in grades 3–8 work in Study Island on math, reading, and writing. During the 2009–10 school year, the district also expanded Study Island to special education students in all five high schools, with stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

By combining self-paced instruction with games and rewards that reinforce student accomplishments, Study Island helps students take control of their learning and creates a culture of academic success. “Students like the games and interactivity in Study Island,” said Hahn. “Any time we can put more technology into students’ hands, they’re going to enjoy school more, and learning is going to increase.”

Success: 

Across the district, teachers use Study Island for whole-group instruction, individualized instruction, and homework assignments. In addition, students who are identified as needing extra instruction can use Study Island before school, during lunch, and after school.

With real-time reporting on student achievement, Study Island helps teachers quickly identify learning gaps as they relate to state standards. With data from these reports, teachers can differentiate instruction and provide targeted instruction and interventions to help students prepare for the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK). At the elementary and middle school levels, teachers also meet to discuss the Study Island reports during common planning periods.

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