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Classworks Reading
Publication Date: 2008
Grade Level: K–12
Content Focus: Literacy/Language Arts
Costs: $25,000 one time cost, plus $1,800 per day for training
The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.
Developer Contact Information
Curriculum Advantage
3885 Crestwood Parkway, Suite 200
Duluth, GA, 30096
888-841-4790
www.classworks.com

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Design Summary

Classworks Reading is a school-based curriculum that is easily adapted for afterschool.  It is a computer-based curriculum that combines software from many other high quality programs, taking material for similar age levels and skills and building units around them.  For example, for a unit on pronouns, students could work through an introductory lesson, 4-5 different software activities from various publishers, and then be assessed for mastery of the concept. Classworks is self-paced, targeting cognitive reading skills.  It incorporates experiential learning through hands on projects at the end of each unit that apply critical thinking skills to real world applications.

Because it is a computer-based program, students can be assigned to various levels allowing for instruction that is targeted at the needs of the students.  Classworks has the unique ability to import and read state high-stakes test results and create an individualized learning path based on student need. The lessons can also be assigned entirely by the teacher, or students can have a choice in which activities they want to do.

All student work is managed and tracked, with a comprehensive reporting suite for informed instructional decision-making and accountability. In addition to the software, a reference manual and training manual for teachers is included with the curriculum.

Costs and Staff Training

Classworks is sold at as an unlimited site license at a one-time starting cost of $25,000.  This can vary based on the grade levels and subjects that are purchased.  Annual technical support fees start at $500 a year.

A four-day onsite training, at a cost of $1,800 a day, is required for new purchases.  Training is customized to meet the needs of each school or organization, and can prepare staff to train others within the school or organization.  More training and technical support is available upon request.

Staff Qualifications

Formal teaching experience is not required to implement Classworks.  Content expert reviews suggest that instructors should know their content area well to be able to assess what particular curricular components are most necessary.  Instructors must also know their students well to be able to incorporate Classworks into their classrooms in a meaningful and relevant way.

Standards Alignment

  • National: National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), International Reading Association, National Reading Panel Report
  • State: Classworks State Editions are customized and aligned to state standards in Alabama, Arkansas California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Research Base

Classsworks is based on sound instructional design and research-proven best practices. With rigorous and relevant instruction, an individualized and differentiated learning experience is delivered effectively to every child. For a full review of the research base underlying Classworks see http://www.classworks.com/index.cfm/success/research/.

Evaluation Details

Both independent and internal evaluations have been conducted. The evaluations looked at academic improvement, time on task, and success on high stakes testing. Results are available to the public on the Classworks website: http://www.classworks.com/index.cfm/success/research/.

Overall Strengths/Overall Challenges

Strengths
  • Students can continuously keep working and challenging themselves with higher grade level material.
  • Allows teachers to design the scope and sequence to best meet the needs of their students.
  • Allows selection of pre-designed scope and sequencing linked directly to state learning standards and goals.
  • Variety of learning tools and programs for any given unit.
  • Immediate feedback given to students on their work.
Challenges
  • Due to the pre-design of assessments, there is no level that includes questions of increasing difficulty within a single grade level for the student.  Students continue to practice the same skill rather than being challenged with questions of increasing difficulty.


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