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Pearson Adds Interactive Elements, Reporting Options to SuccessMaker

Pearson has updated SuccessMaker, its personalized digital math and reading curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade, releasing its seventh version of the program.

Major additions and enhancement include:

  • Content alignment to state standards for college and career readiness;
  • Elements that make it more interactive and focus on reading and math skills;
  • More options for course and reporting options for teachers;
  • Access to additional learning resources in reading, math, science and social studies;
  • New and improved math content; and
  • A partnership with Java designed to streamline upgrades.

According to Pearson officials, SuccessMaker adapts to the learning needs of each individual student, analyzing performance and identifying areas for remediation or acceleration. At the same time, it estimates the amount of time necessary for students to reach achievement levels.
Pearson has added interactive elements and reporting options to the latest version of SuccessMaker.

As to its success with remediation efforts, Pearson pointed to the experience of the Killeen Independent School District in Killeen, TX, particularly in the schools around the Fort Hood Army Post.

More than 50 percent of the students in the Killeen district are the children of military personnel. Because of the frequency of military transfers, the Killeen district experiences a nearly 30-percent turnover in students each year. That is especially challenging for special education teachers.

Ruth Roberts, a special education resource teacher at Manor Middle School, said the Pearson learning system has helped.

"One student came to me in the sixth grade and was basically a beginning reader," Roberts said. "He is now leaving for high school and has made almost four years of growth and has developed the skills he needs to function in high school."

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Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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