ASSESSMENT QUESTIONSHow are students assessed? Our assessment tool for students in grades K-8 is Pearson's SuccessMaker Initial Placement (IP). Our assessment tool for students in grades 9-12 is Compass Learning's Odyssey Custom Assessment (CA).
The IP determines, through a series of up to 300 questions, the instructional level of the student. If the student is able to answer questions correctly, the instruction level will begin to increase. If the student continuously answers questions incorrectly, the instructional level will decrease. The instructional level reflects the mastery of state standards.
The CA measures student mastery of a set of state standards aligned objectives. Each objective is tested with a minimum of four multiple choice items. Scores are reported by objective and mastery.
How do we measure student growth? We measure a student's growth by his/her increase in instructional level. We expect students to increase their instructional level by one complete level after 30 hours of instruction in each subject. We compare the IP to the ending level of the student to determine the growth.
To what degree do current assessment measures used by ATS Project Success reflect state content standards? SuccessMaker® and Odyssey® are correlated to the state standards as well as the Common Core Standards.
COMMUNICATIONHow is student progress communicated to parents? Each week, the parents are called by the teacher and given a report of the student's progress. Also, a monthly report and newsletter is sent to the parents. Email and texting are also used to contact the student/parent.
How is student progress communicated to school districts? The school district coordinator is e-mailed student progress information once per week. Progress reports are sent to district coordinators, building principals, and classroom teachers once a month.
How is attendance communicated to the parents and the district? Attendance is communicated via the progress reports. Also, a monthly attendance log is sent to the parents for them to review and approve.
SES QUESTIONSWhat is SES? Low-income families can enroll their child in supplemental educational services (SES) if their child attends a Title I school that has been designated by the State to be in need of improvement for more than one year. The term "supplemental educational services" refers to free extra academic help, such as tutoring or remedial help, that is provided to students in subjects such as reading, language arts, and math. ATS provided SES in the following states in the 2015/16 school year: California, Iowa, North Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming.
Who is eligible for SES? Parents should contact their child's school to determine if their child is eligible for SES.
What does the student use for SES tutoring? ATS Project Success supplies a computer free of charge to the student. Internet access is also provided if the family does not have it. The computer is shipped via delivery service with detailed instructions. Our easy to follow instructions make it possible for the students or parents to set up the computer.
Students use either SuccessMaker® developed by Pearson or Odyssey® developed by CompassLearning® software programs. This program is preloaded on the computer the students receive and is ready to begin working with the students as soon as the computer is assembled and turned on. The program is self-paced. Students are given log-in information by their tutor.
What if there is trouble with the computer? A computer technician is available by phone from 8AM-9PM Monday thru Thursday, 8AM-4PM Friday and 8AM-1PM Saturday. They are trained to assist the student or parent with the set-up of the computer or any other technical issues.
What happens if the family already has a computer or Internet connection? Each family still receives a computer from us to work while in the program. The computer comes preloaded with all required software and settings to work in our program. The computer has access only to the program and website, ensuring your child is able to work without distractions in a safe environment. We can work with most existing high-speed Internet connections. If Internet is not available we can provide Internet access for the duration of the program. (Where applicable).
What about the safety of using the Internet? Each computer that is sent out is equipped with a program that prohibits the student from getting to the Web. While we cannot guarantee that students are not able to get to the Web, we are confident in saying that thus far none have been successful accessing any other site. We also encourage parents to set up the computer in a visible place in the home like the kitchen or family room. Our tutors have been trained in Internet safety and can recognize when a child is not working on our program.
How often can the students receive the services? Students can work on our program any day of the week, any time of day as permitted by the school district. Our minimum attendance requirement is two hours per week. Some districts set limits of how many hours per day/week the students can receive tutoring. ATS Project Success adheres to these limits.
What is the minimum and maximum number of students ATS Project Success can service in the LEA? Because our program is individualized, we can service one student in a district or we can service one thousand.
What cost is there to the parent for the SES program? There is no cost to the parents for the program. All equipment, Internet access and shipping costs are taken care of by ATS Project Success.