New Century Delivers a Continuum of Standards Based Instruction to Help Teachers Address Varied Skill Levels
“Our school is especially designed to host a high percentage of special education students. Because of our location, we also are a Title 1 school with both high LEP concentrations and high mobility. New Century is a key component of our ability to remain a performing school, despite rising cut scores, rigor, and percentage passing requirements on the state test.”
-Dr. Isom Rivers
Meadow Woods Middle School
When teachers face students with broad variations in basic skills, a single text book is not sufficient. For that reason, teachers integrate New Century into their core instructional regimen. In this model, students typically are allocated by needs into groups. During class, these student groups are then rotated through one of three activities:
New Century’s Individualized Instruction: Students use New Century to receive instruction in identified skill gaps. Those who are working above the class median receive advanced instruction to further personal growth. New Century automates this process with adaptive diagnostics which determine educational strengths and weaknesses from Kindergarten through high school grade levels, and electronically links to research based instruction designed to introduce and teach new skills. Interim assessments automatically adjust the instruction to closely match the student’s developing individual needs.
Teacher Led Instruction: Students receive traditional teacher led instruction on grade level skills. Teachers often use a textbook as the basis for a lesson, or sometimes use a projector and a New Century lesson to introduce and demonstrate concepts;
Drill: Students independently complete drill and practice activities using workbooks or handouts by the teacher to reinforce those skills introduced in teacher led instruction.
Results: Schools which serve student populations with a broad variety of gaps in their basic skills use New Century in this manner to successfully achieve and maintain proficiency under their state accountability systems.