Online Learning Update

June 29, 2017

Online Pre-K Program Looks To Increase Kindergarten Readiness

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am


New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated Schools is the first district in the state to pilot UPSTART through a federal grant. The Waterford Institute in Utah develops the software, which New Albany schools also use as a reading intervention tool for K through 2nd grade classes. That’s why Tony Duffy, the director of elementary education, says he was expecting positive results. “We jumped at the chance because we saw what Waterford did for other students, and we knew we had an opportunity to do that with our students that are coming in,” Duffy says. Before beginning the program, kids take an online assessment. Then, with their parents, the kids use the program at home, 15 minutes a day, five days a week, for nine months. They take the same assessment once they’ve completed the program.

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