An Intervention That Works (PDF 161kb)

Key Findings:

A January 2009 white paper written by Dr. Margaret Jorgensen examined early implementations of SAM Learning (now Penda) in urban, rural and suburban school environments. Dr. Jorgensen studied the ability for Penda to provide a safety net for struggling high school students by getting them on track to pass their high school exit exams, to catch up to their current grade level or to prepare for assessments.

The ability to provide personal, student-driven instruction was found to be a critical factor in why students were successful with Penda.

“Every student can find precisely where their learning has broken down and remedy that independently through [Penda’s] student-driven instruction.”

“It allows teachers to be an instructional guide as students take more and more responsibility for their own learning. And, because the content is aligned to state standard, teachers can monitor progress toward grade-level proficiency.

Dr. Jorgensen also examined Penda’s scaffolded pedagogy and how this method of teaching allows students to get the help they need regardless of how far above or below grade level they are on a specific subject or multiple subjects.

“[Penda] presents content in fine-grained chunks. At each level of complexity, students experience content broken down into its small components and the, based on student performance, the content rolls up into more and more complex questions.”

“ Because of the wide range of complexity and difficulty in each subject, [Penda] can support learning for high school students who are behind grade level, on grade level, and also for students enrolled in honors or Advanced Placement classes.”

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