Desert Mirage High School – Student Performance
The Customer’s Need
The High School had 200 10th graders who were operating at a 5th grade Math level. Desert Mirage desperately needed to help these far below grade level students to catch up and succeed at grade level work.
The BrainX Solution
The BrainX Digital Tutor did a complete assessment of each student. The digital tutor used the assessment results to pull lessons, which are aligned to state standards, from a large database and then organized the lessons into individual coursework for each student. The digital tutor then molded the way the lessons were delivered to optimize learning for each student. After the material was learned the digital tutor reinforced the learned material on different days until each student demonstrated mastery.
This group also struggled with self defeating mindset issues like “I can’t do Math” or “I am a naturally bad test taker”. The Tutor implemented a strategy to improve each student’s belief in their ability to learn any subject and to be expert test takers.
The students started the course work in October of 2008. In April of 2009, 70 percent of the students increased their competency level by achieving mastery of all the concepts for the first half of Algebra I. To reach this level, the students had to complete a course in probability with a post test score of 85% or higher. The remaining 30 percent are on track to complete their remaining coursework, including probability, by the end of May 2009.
Data Reported by the program director at Desert Mirage High School and verified by BrainX
Mar Vista High School – Test Scores
The Customer’s Need
Mar Vista needed to dramatically increase the number of English Learners who passed the California High School Exit Exam. The pass rate for English Learners at the start of the study was only 29%.
The BrainX Solution
The BrainX Digital Tutor did a complete assessment of each student against the state standards covered on the California High School Exit Exam. The tutor used this information to build a standards-aligned set of coursework for each student. Even though Academic Vocabulary was not in any of the tested state standards, the assessment revealed that a lack of mastery of key academic vocabulary words was one of the root causes for these students’ poor test results. As a result, the tutor also taught the students to master 200 of the most important academic vocabulary words.
The digital tutor molded the way the lessons were delivered to optimize learning for each student.
- 270 Struggling Students
- Control Group 100 Students received classroom instruction
- BrainX Group 170 Student in an afternoon program
- Pass Rate: 29%
BrainX Group 1: Used BrainX 1 to 2 hours a week for 10 weeks
- Pass Rate: 69%
BrainX Group 2: Used BrainX 3 to 5 hours a week for 10 weeks
- Pass Rate: 89%
Data Reported by the Principal of Mar Vista High School
Orange County Department of Education – Teacher Certification
To earn the Special Site Highly Qualified Teacher Certification, teachers needed to master coursework in the fields of lesson plan development and effective methods for providing classroom instruction at special sites. In these sites, teachers are often called upon to teach subjects they don’t normally teach.
The tutor assessed each adult learner and found that while they could often do higher level work, there were large gaps in basic math and ELA concepts. The tutor built a set of personal coursework to fill in the gaps for each teacher. In addition, the course work on building effective lessons plans and strategies for teaching special needs children was taught in a blended way where an instructor delivered the lesson and the digital tutor reinforced the learned information on different days until the material was locked in long term memory and mastered.