Independent Study

Independent Study

Every school system in America offers an on-line educational program for use by at-risk students to stay in school and to achieve high school credits. Although most of these schools systems believe they have had excellent success with their alternative school programs, research conducted by outside investigators have shown that on-line educational programs that remove the teacher from the instructional program are poor substitutes for a quality academic program, as they simply do not deliver the results or a life-long academic experience to students.

Our own investigation of the results obtained from the above mentioned research groups supported their conclusions about the use of independent self-paced study, in that we discovered that the failure of these products could be completed eliminated by the use of software based automation that addressed these product's weaknesses.

Based upon our team's prior experience working within our nation's public school and more than twenty years of providing on-line educational systems to these schools, we sincerely believe that the most effective solution that can be provided to all students is one in which teacher-led instruction and independent, self-paced study are blended within a learning program that uses automated applications to deliver the instruction, and to assess, diagnose, and provide targeted remedial information for use by teachers to engage students in a discussion of what they are studying to ensure they truly understand what was delivered to them. In addition, and while students are working in self-pace mode, an automated application that intelligently monitors student performance provides oversight and targeted remediation when such help is needed.

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Screen shot 2

In screen shot 2 (below), he has taken the initial assessment, but did not score sufficiently high enough on lessons in units 1 and 2 (notice the color red on lesson 3 of unit 1 and lesson1 of unit 2). He must now restudy these two lessons and then take the follow-on assessment (see the color yellow on this follow-on assessment)) on this test. This study and test taking process continues until all lessons are satisfactorily taken and passed. Please be aware that there are more than 25 units containing as many as 80 lessons in this subject that are not shown in this example. In most cases, a failing student will exhibit failure of multiple lessons. STATIS will monitor and manage the entire process and report back to the teacher when the student completes their work.

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Upon its completion (as shown in screen shot 3 (below) he has been notified that he passed, and can move on to the next lesson requiring study. Once all lessons are colored in green, he has completed the work assigned by the initial assessment and two follow-on assessments.

Through the use of total automation, STATIS can be easily adapted for use by all students including those in mainstream, at-risk, special needs, or ELL programs. It will also support students who are not enrolled in school due to expulsion, health, or other reasons that keep them from attending school.