April 4, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Duluth, GA - April 4, 2022
Classworks and Gwinnett County Public Schools Build Innovative Summer Learning Program using CASE
The Project is a Finalist for IMS Global’s 2022 Learning Impact Award
Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS), the nation’s 13th largest school district, and Classworks, provider of a best-in-class MTSS solution, partnered to deliver a successful online summer learning program powered by IMS Global’s Competency and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE) framework.
To mitigate learning loss precipitated by COVID and effectively prepare students for the 2021-2022 school year, GCPS decided to launch a districtwide, online Summer Enrichment and Acceleration (SEA) program using Classworks evidence-based instructional program. GCPS utilizes district-specific Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics as part of its curriculum. The summer learning program required Classworks to align its standards-based learning progression to the GCPS AKS.
“As a district with our own unique curriculum standards, the CASE framework allows us to more easily align content and resources from our partners with our standards, so that teachers and students have the exact resource to match their instructional needs,” said Tricia Kennedy, executive director of instructional development and support for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia. “Our partnership with Classworks leveraged CASE to create a customized summer school curriculum addressing district-defined targeted standards in a learning path that scaffolded for understanding.“
The CASE framework developed by IMS Global simplifies the way systems manage learning standards information, making it easier for districts to provide standards-based learning experiences. Using CASE, Classworks instruction was quickly aligned to the GCPS-specific AKS, which saved hours of manual work. The effort ensured that students had access to summer lessons that both reviewed focus standards from the prior year and prepared them for the upcoming year in a research-based learning progression.
“By replacing a manual and labor-intensive mapping project that typically takes weeks with a CASE-powered process, Classworks provided more than 18,000 students at Gwinnett County Public Schools with a high-quality, standards-based learning experience in just a few days,” explains Jerry Henley, senior vice president of product experience for Classworks. “Classworks embraces IMS Global’s philosophy on interoperability and we’re proud to partner with forward-thinking and innovative districts like GCPS. Our success demonstrates why we are a best-in-class online intervention solution.”
The effort was a success, gaining Classworks a nomination for IMS Global’s 2022 Learning Impact Award.
To learn more about the Classworks and GCPS summer learning project download our whitepaper- Using CASE to Power Standards-Based Learning for All Students.
Classworks leverages technology and evidence-based learning practices to transform how school districts support students' academic, social-emotional, and behavioral needs. The comprehensive intervention solution includes academic screeners, math and reading individualized interventions, progress monitoring, social-emotional and behavioral resources, and powerful data visualizations. Classworks screener and progress monitoring assessments are validated by the National Center of Intensive Intervention (NCII) and Classworks is endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).
The IMS Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®) standard facilitates the exchange of information about learning outcomes, competencies and skills. CASE can also transmit information about rubrics and criteria for performance of tasks. CASE supports association across frameworks so frameworks and items can be related and aligned. By implementing CASE, it is possible to electronically exchange outcomes, skills and competency definitions so applications, tools and algorithms can readily access and act upon this data. Having universal identifiers for learning outcomes, skills and competencies makes it possible for any tool or application to share precise information between systems easily, internally or across the web. This includes learning management systems, assessment tools, curriculum management, credentialing and hiring platforms.
About IMS Global Learning Consortium
IMS Global Learning Consortium is a non-profit partnership of leading educational institutions at all levels, government organizations, and edtech suppliers that enable better digital teaching and learning by collaborating on interoperability and adoption initiatives. Together, we are committed to achieving an open and inclusive education technology ecosystem that powers learner potential. IMS hosts the annual Learning Impact conference and other engagement opportunities throughout the year to recognize the impact edtech innovation has on access, affordability, and scalability while advancing the leadership and ideas to shape our future. View the interactive IMS Annual Report for more information.
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