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12th Grader, Conifer HS
On: Precision Prep
|The Precision Prep course I went through before the ACT really helped prepare me for taking on the actual test. It gave me clear examples of what to be prepared for and the range of difficulty that I needed to study to get my desired score. The different tasks and practice English and Reading sections were very similar to what was on the actual test, and I feel it assisted me in achieving the score that I got.|
Focus on ACT/SAT Benchmarks
Working on Standards-base Growth Plans
Spring 2016: Conifer High School piloted innovative ACT/SAT-based student monitoring practices to support the school's UIP focus on Reading & English. That summer, Conifer’s Junior class delivered the highest state assessment score level for Reading & English in the history of the school. The school’s ACT Reading score grew by 10% from previous year to 23.9. ACT English increased 8% to 23.8. And, for Language/Composition, Conifer’s AP pass rate increased from 39.6% in 2015 to 60% in 2016. Math & Science were outside the scope of the project and these scores showed a slight decrease from previous year.
This success story triggered the launch of the after-school tutoring program called Precision Prep. Contact Us if you are interested in bringing the program to your school.
Precision Prep is a teacher-led tutoring program conceived by teachers who wanted to help their students get ready for college and prepare for the ACT/SAT's in a better, cheaper, and more sustainable way than the popular "Test Prep" classes.
Better: We focus on growing students relative to college readiness benchmarks - not just testing strategies/techniques.
Cheaper: Parents routinely pay over $500 for Test Prep classes that produce no objective indicators of a student's actual readiness.
More Sustainable: It's about growing students, begining at any age, not preparing them for tests they take in 11th grade.
Immediate Goal: Demonstrate that teachers have a superior alternative to the "Hail Mary" gamble of Test Prep classes.
Vision: Teachers reclaim their voice and livelihood on behalf of their students and schools.
Precision Prep gives teachers a means to supplement their income while still fulfilling their passions as educators. Their tutoring focus shifts from helping students do their homework to helping students grow, as measured by the same benchmarks that their students' college readiness will ultimately be based upon.
Precision Prep is also developmental for teachers. The methods/tools reinforce teacher understandings of student performance benchmarks and will change their conversations with students, parents, and each other.
Our toolset allows teachers to analyze the quality of their own assessment proficiencies and help them quantitatively monitor their development as standards-centered educators.
Every student generates an objective dashboard of his/her growth needs as frequently as desired. The feedback is instantaneous and defined in terms of ACT/SAT benchmarks. Learning resources are relevant to the benchmarks, the growth priorities of each student, and the student's in-school experiences. Precision Prep strives to create a seamless connection between every student's standards-based performance improvement needs and his/her in-school learning experience.
Student's Benchmark-centered Dashboard
As conversations among students, parents, and teachers begin to change and as the benefits of these innovative methods/tools become visible, schools can easily transition them in-house.