Schools implementing ChalkTalk see significant improvements in a fraction of the control group’s time
NEW YORK CITY, NY / FEBRUARY 28, 2020 — After releasing its biggest software update to date at the start of the fall 2019 semester, ChalkTalk has published its latest round of impact studies. These studies demonstrate significant SAT and ACT score improvements among students users across the country.
In just 10 to 15 weeks, students using ChalkTalk are experiencing 2 to 6 times more growth on the SAT and ACT compared to their peers who have received an entire year of traditional classroom instruction. The fully adaptive content delivery platform generates instructional materials for high school English Language Arts (ELA) and math classes at a classroom, small group, and individual level.
With the latest ChalkTalk release, teachers can view student activity in real time per student, per class, and per topic with a new live data dashboard. Teachers can also create and customize their own course schedule to plan out their scope and sequence. Review classes were updated to adaptively select the top weaknesses for each student and administer practice questions and teaching notes targeting these weaknesses. Finally, new “How To” content snippets deliver easy-to-follow tutorials for every major feature of the platform, facilitating professional development.
For as little as 20 hours of ELA or math instruction time (or 40-50 hours for both), teachers can use the technology to enhance classroom time and help students prepare for standardized tests. Results from the schools are then calculated using official SAT and ACT placement and exit tests. Recent successes include:
- Lake Nona High School is part of Orange County Public Schools, the 11th largest school district in America. The school enrolls more than 3000 students in grades 9-12, more than half of whom are low-income, and 70% minority. Students who used ChalkTalk for this “ELA-only implementation” improved their SAT ELA subscores by an average of 182 points—5.2x more than the national ELA average score improvement in only 23% of the time.
- East Boston High School, the largest public school in the city, has an enrollment of 1,495 students, 59% of whom are economically disadvantaged and 86% of whom are non-white. Students who used ChalkTalk improved their SAT scores by an average of 189 points—2.9x more than national average score improvement in only 29% of the time. The school also saw an improvement on the Massachusetts state test, the MCAS, where it leaped from the 3rd percentile to the 22nd percentile statewide.
- Summit Academy Charter School serves 329 students in Brooklyn and has a 93% college enrollment rate. Students who used ChalkTalk saw an average 217-point improvement on the SAT, 3.3x greater the national average in only 29% of the time.
- Phoenix College Preparatory Academy, a public charter school located on the campus of Phoenix College in Arizona, offers high school students a chance to earn college credit as early as ninth grade. Students who used ChalkTalk improved their ACT scores by an average of 7 points—6.4x more than national average score improvement in only 29% of the time.
- White Hall High School, a public high school in White Hall, Arkansas, has an enrollment of 910 students in grades 9-12. Students who used ChalkTalk for a “STEM-only implementation” improved their ACT STEM scores by an average of 4.2 points—3.8x more than the national average score improvement in only 31% of the time.
- Hamilton County High School, located in a rural section of north-central Florida near the city of Jasper, serves 673 students, 62% of whom are classified as economically disadvantaged. Students who used ChalkTalk for an “ELA-only implementation” improved their ACT ELA scores by an average of 4 points—3.6x more than the national average score improvement in only 17% of the time.
“We’re very pleased to see such strong results in academic proficiency and growth at schools using ChalkTalk,” said ChalkTalk founder and CEO Mohannad Arbaji. “From inner city to rural districts, from public to private, and from charter schools to high-nice schools such as schools for the deaf or art academies, these latest results show the type of real impact ChalkTalk can make in classrooms as we help our users ‘teach amazing.”
“We started from the understanding that, above all else, education is human,” continued Arbaji. ”By using technology to support—not supplant—teachers, ChalkTalk ensures that the human element remains central to the classroom, while students have access to personalized content that translates to measurable results.”
ChalkTalk is the only fully-adaptive teacher-led blended learning ELA and Math curriculum demonstrating remarkable gains on official PSAT/SAT/ACT tests. By borrowing as little as 20 hours of instructional time in only one semester and dedicating that time to supplemental ELA and Math instruction with ChalkTalk, educators can see significant improvements in student learning outcomes at their schools. Learn more at www.chalktalk.com.