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Orange County Public School Pilot, Florida

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In late January 2017, Orange County Public School System began a semester long pilot of Nessy Reading and Spelling used as a general classroom curriculum for kindergarten and first grade students. Two schools were chosen to participate in this pilot, Michael McCoy Elementary School, and Blankner K-8 school, both located in Orlando, Florida.

The OCPS Pilot Program had 2-School Coordinators, 3-Pilot School Leads, 18 teachers and 375 grade K and grade 1 students.

 

Michael McCoy Elementary School

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Michael McCoy Elementary School is a K-6 institution and is ranked 1652nd out of 2075 Florida elementary schools.*  99.6% of the students are on the reduced/free lunch program.

McCoy Elementary School’s FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) English Language Arts and Math test scores are considerably below the average for the district and the State of Florida. The racial breakdown of this school is 79.4% Hispanic, 9.5% African American, and 9.0% white. This could be an indicator of a high percentage of ESL students in the population.


 

Blankner Elementary School

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Blankner Elementary School is a K-8 institution and is ranked 280th out of 2075 Florida elementary schools.*  38.2 % are on reduced/free lunch program.

Blankner Elementary School’s FSA (Florida Standards Assessment) English Language Arts and Math test scores are considerably above the average for the district and the State of Florida. The racial breakdown of this school is 62.3% White, 16.5% Hispanic, and 14.8 % white.


 

Results

 

After 6 Weeks

Schools report at least half a year’s growth in all students using Nessy, some having progressed a lot more.

 

After 8 Weeks

At 8 weeks, data was collected from 4 classes, two from each school. The classes selected were the 4 groups with the highest fidelity of use. This was determined by minutes spent on the program, and the timely administration of the target assessments at the onset of the program in January, and again at the 6-week mark in mid-March. The number of students in the sample is 29..

 

Out of these 4 groups individual students were eliminated from the data sample if:

  • The student did not fall into the time parameters (less than an average weekly usage of 40 minutes or more than an average week usage of 99 minutes)
  • The student was in the process of setting targets (taking an assessment) when the data was being collected
  • The student was working with no set targets, (this is an inefficient way to use the program – targets must be set to assign the correct lesson plan to the student)

 

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Students using the program for an average of 40 minutes per week for 6 weeks, had an average grade level improvement of .40 (4 tenth of a school year).

Students using the program for an average of 60 minutes per week for 6 weeks, had an average grade level improvement of .50 (1/2 of a school year).

Students using the program for an average of 80 minutes per week for 6 weeks, had an average grade level improvement of 1.0 (one school year).

 

 

*Results from data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education.

 

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