Case Studies

Comparing 5th Grade CAST™ Passing Rates for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts in California

The following report includes results comparing STEMscopes and non-STEMscopes districts on the 2018-2019 State of California Science Test (CAST). This is the first year that the CAST was used throughout the state. Districts were identified as STEMscopes districts if they had a subscription to STEMscopes for the students in the tested grades (i.e., 5th grade) and showed usage of STEMscopes based on the analytics data. The state of California creates benchmarks for proficiency in overall science and identifies students as below standard, near standard, standard met, and standard exceeded. The percent of students in each of these categories is used to determine the district's achievement in science. The percentage of students who "met or exceeded" the standard (i.e., a combination of the latter two categories) is used by the state as the district passing rate. California also provides benchmarks of "Below," "Near," and "Above" for the specific science subject areas of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Earth & Space Sciences...

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Comparing 5th Grade Proficiency on the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts

This study compares school districts that used STEMscopes and districts that did not use STEMscopes on the science component of the 2019 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP). Districts were identified as STEMscopes districts if they had a subscription to STEMscopes for the students in the tested grades (i.e., 5th grade) and showed usage of STEMscopes based on the analytics data. In 2019, a new version of the MAAP science assessment that reflected the updated science standards was administered. The state of Mississippi creates benchmarks for proficiency in science and assesses students using five levels: minimal, basic, passing, proficient, and advanced. The district's proficiency rate is defined as the percentage of students who were proficient or advanced in science...

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Comparing Science Proficiency on the Georgia Milestones Assessment System for STEMscopes and Non-STEMscopes Districts

This study compares school districts that used STEMscopes and districts that did not use STEMscopes on the science component of the 2019 Georgia Milestones Assessment System. Districts were identified as STEMscopes districts if they had a subscription to STEMscopes for students in 5th grade and showed usage of STEMscopes based on the analytics data. The state of Georgia creates benchmarks for proficiency in science and identifies students within four levels (beginner, developing, proficient, and distinguished learner). For the purposes of this study, the district's proficiency rate was defined as the percentage of students who were proficient or distinguished in science...

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STEMscopes Usage and Student Science Achievement in Florida Middle Schools 2018–2019 School Year

In a sample of schools that used STEMscopes, this study examined the use of STEMscopes in middle school as a predictor of achievement on the Florida Statewide Science Assessment (SSA). In Florida, middle school students are assessed on the SSA in the 8th grade year. Utilizing the SSA data, Florida school demographic data, and analytics data from the STEMscopes platform, the research team found a positive association between teachers' use of STEMscopes and student proficiency in science at their school...

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