In early 2020, Clover School District, a consistently top-rated district in South Carolina, saw a unique opportunity to use pandemic school closures to its advantage. Dr. Millicent Dickey, chief academic officer, and Casey Lefler, personalized learning specialist, responded to teachers’ requests to improve personalized learning. Their challenge? Ensure a seamless transition across multiple learning environments.
However, the district was able to leverage continued success during a worldwide pandemic because of its commitment to involve all stakeholders. This proved to be the key to a positive first-year pilot.
Trusted Results across Multiple Learning Environments
To continue their strong reputation for success, the team at Clover knew they needed an assessment solution that would provide strong data. More importantly, they needed data they could trust to be consistent in both virtual and face-to-face learning scenarios.
Teacher buy-in and approval were a priority for Dickey from beginning to end. She formed decision-making teams to evaluate possible solutions, and after reviewing multiple options, teachers knew i-Ready Diagnostic would meet the data challenge they faced and enable them to differentiate their instruction.
Teachers also liked that the Teacher Toolbox directly linked to i-Ready Diagnostic results. It gave purpose to the assessment and helped teachers maximize their instructional time by targeting individual student needs.
Tailored Support for All User Groups
To achieve a smooth rollout, Dickey knew creating a clear message for all stakeholders would be a critical first step to success. The Curriculum Associates i-Ready field team answered the call, partnering with Clover leadership. Together, they tailored a powerful individualized training plan. This approach fueled a connected and empowering implementation process across multiple user groups.
Professional development provided teachers with solutions to their instructional goals. They could identify students’ strengths and challenges, personalize their instruction, and improve their teaching craft. They felt confident during discussions about small group instruction with intervention support teams. They were able to apply their knowledge to guide students and their families as they navigated remote learning within the platform.
School leaders also benefitted from individualized learning. As their expert i-Ready Account Managers offered step-by-step guidance and support, they began to recognize data patterns across classes and grade levels. “There are rich conversations around the data and how children are performing,” Dickey said.
Consistent Design across Grade Levels
The consistent structure of the i-Ready Diagnostic and companion resources across grade levels proved to further solidify Clover’s trust in their decision. “You assess the same way, and the structure and tools are the same at all grades,” Lefler said. Its continuity fostered improved communication during a time when clarity had become more important than ever.
A streamlined and user-friendly platform also helped students and their families navigate remote learning with confidence and fidelity. The predictable flow and interactive icons made working in the platform easy for students of all ages. This focused the challenges back on student learning where it belonged.
With stakeholder buy-in and strong implementation training in place, the students at Clover School District reaped the benefits of a seamless transition between learning environments. So what’s next for this school’s commitment to continuous improvement? Clover’s next step for implementation includes a focus on deepening understanding of all the ways their i-Ready tools can provide differentiated instruction for students at all proficiency levels.
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