Curriculum Details for
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Classworks Math 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 fractions, 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 math 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 to the needs of individual 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 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.
Formal teaching experience is not required to implement Classworks.
- National: National Council for Teachers of Math (NCTM), National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), National Math 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.
Classworks 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 A Research Proven Solution at http://www.classworks.com/index.cfm/success/research/.
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
- Students can continually keep working and challenging themselves with higher grade level material.
- Aligned to many state standards and curriculum.
- Diagnostic and prescriptive features which import and read student assessment results allow for the creation of individualized learning paths.
- Capacity to target instruction based on standards, test results, or student needs as assessed by the teacher or program.
- Potential for foundational review, remediation, and intervention for struggling students.
- Only one mode of instruction: computer-aided.
- Only covers some areas of algebra and geometry.
- Instructional approach focuses on drills and repetition.
- Students who may struggle with attention or behavioral issues may have difficulty engaging with this curriculum.