The routine analysis of data provides insights into where students are in their learning so instruction can be adjusted to meet individual student needs as well as group students based on their progress. Penda’s standards-aligned assessments for grades 3–8, physical science, environmental science, and high school biology are fun and motivating for students to complete and provide rich data that help teachers know where to go next with instruction.
Since Penda reports are generated and delivered to teacher's email every Monday, in an ideal situation, a teacher evaluates student performance and assigns remediation activities as deemed necessary from the Penda data to differentiate instruction. Therefore, Penda may reach an even broader range of our students more deeply if it becomes part of a structured plan where students use Penda as a tool within a unit of instruction, assigned to meet their individual needs. Students can revisit activities with multiple attempts to achieve their highest score. Students take charge of their learning and teachers enter the role of facilitator.
Middle School Science Supervisor, Hillsborough County Public Schools (FL)
Our school was blown away with Penda and all of the great activities, resources, and friendly competition it offers. The lesson and activities are aligned to our counties standards and follow our timeline, this will really help reinforce the standards being taught. Our teacher’s favorite part of the program was the inclusion of the levels of DOK. Students will have to demonstrate knowledge for the standards on all levels, what a great accountability piece! Everything a teacher would want in a program, is available through Penda.
Math & Science Coach, Cypress Elementary School, Osceola County Public Schools (FL)
I think the greatest impact has been Penda's willingness to support additional Penda resources such as the summer sequence of activities and the SSA review course. I never expected to have the school level demand for Penda. Teachers are going to their administrators with a plan to use Penda and schools are finding the funds. I welcome the opportunity to share with others across the state how Penda can be paired with district assessments and teacher PLC PD.
Science Learning Specialist, Osceola County Public School (FL)