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Setting the benchmarks for students’ success at the Academies of Math & Science and i-Ready

Every student learns differently, therefore, every student cannot be expected to perform at the same level.

 

At AMS, we recognize that students can be at different levels in performance either above, below, or at grade level and that we, as educators, are meeting or students’ needs using the i-Ready online assessment tool. This ensures that we are meeting the needs of our students by providing tailored customized lessons for the students and their ability level.

“Here at AMS Flower we want to make sure that our families know that their students are receiving customized high-quality construction.

 

We understand that every child learns differently we want to make sure that we're meeting every student's needs we want to make sure that we're putting the supports in place to help our students grow.

 

Growth is of the up most important for all our students because we want to see the strides made. When we think about the tools that we use whether it's daily lessons or the i-Ready, we want to make sure that students are receiving instruction that is responsive to their needs that they feel included in every aspect of a lesson and that their needs are being met towards reaching their academic growth goals.

 

iReady is an online-based platform in which students take a diagnostic and then they are leveled based off their cognitive ability. Then, students are placed either on green level, above grade level, or below grade level based off the assessment results.

 

The subsequent lessons are planned afterwards using the iReady platform. Then students take those lessons on a daily and weekly basis and then that goes towards the next benchmark assessment. Then the next benchmark assessment assesses whether students are still on grade level, below grade level, or if indeed they've achieved above grade level.

 

Every student learns differently, therefore, every student cannot be expected to perform at the same level. Even before the pandemic, we recognized that students were at different levels in performance. Weather a student was performing below grade level, on great level or above grade level, we all needed to make sure as educators, we were meeting or students’ needs using the i-Ready online assessment tool and the subsequent lessons thereafter, ensures that we are meeting the needs of our students by providing tailored customized lessons for the students and their ability level.

 

This year at AMS Flower our students have shown tremendous growth across one semester already with i-Ready both in mathematics and English language arts. We have seen growth of over 100%. How it that possible?  I'll tell you how, it’s the committed excellence of our teachers day-in and day-out planting those high-quality lessons for students.”

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About Academies of Math & Science (AMS):

AMS has been providing award-winning STEAM curriculum throughout the state of Arizona for nearly 20 years. Our tuition-free schools provide scholars with the best educational experience in the study of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. 

 

At AMS, we believe that through a well-rounded education, we can transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s global visionaries.

 

With 9 state-of-the-art campuses in Phoenix and Tucson Arizona along with our 100% online virtual academy, AMS is providing word-class STEAM education to over 6,000 students.

 

Academies of Math & Science is a tuition-free open enrollment educational network. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about AMS, feel free to complete the contact form and one of our friendly and knowledgeable Enrollment Specialists would love to offer you assistance.

 

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