Middle School Level Testimonials

Long-Struggling Nevada ELLs See Great Progress with MindPlay

Nye School District administrator finds MindPlay the key to student success in sprawling district with many rural communities.

Special Education Facilitator Sees Broad Skill Growth with MindPlay

A Texas special education expert sees students district-wide benefiting greatly from MindPlay reading software. In one elementary school, 80% of special education students grew one full grade level in reading.

Options and Innovations Propel Texas District From “D” grade to “B” Part 2 of a 2-Part Series on the Transition of a District

After Superintendent Royce Avery assumed leadership of the struggling Manor Independent School District three years ago, he wasted no time in helping the education community craft a vision for the future. With a focus on three areas: Fine Arts; New Tech: and the rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program, the district moved swiftly forward with a range of new academic choices for its students and families.

Options and Innovations Propel Texas District From “D” grade to “B” Part 1 of a 2-Part Series on the Transition of a District

Manor ISD, a transitional district, leaped from a TEA “D” grade to a “B” grade in just one year. Part 1 of the esdistrict’s story details how Superintendent Royce Avery set a vision and moved swiftly forward to achieve buy in and accomplish goals.

Middle and High School Students Leap in Reading Skills with MindPlay

A Louisiana Adolescent Literacy Coach sees middle and high school students make significant leaps with MindPlay including a 50% gain in fluency over one year.

Working With MindPlay and Challenged Students: A Teacher’s Own Words

Because this special education teacher goes into the students’ regular classrooms to work with them, she does not have enough time to implement the specific instruction in phonics they require, so she needed something they could do on their own. With MindPlay, she knew they would be successful if they used the program with fidelity.

Ohio Middle and Elementary Students See Up to Four Times Greater Reading Growth with MindPlay

430 struggling grade five-through- eight students on MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach show four times the improvement of non-MindPlay students. Results are verified by a range of assessments.

 Middle School Struggling Readers Succeed on MVRC

Grade six-through-eight students on MindPlay showed reading growth of at least one grade level in one semester. In the second semester, students in the Exceeding category grew from one to 10.

 Tech-Savvy Intervention Manager Harnesses Grapevine for Educator Buy-In

District’s Intervention Program Manager says viral communication about MindPlay’s success inspired more and more schools to adopt it as a reading solution. “We never mandated the use of MindPlay but allowed word of mouth to determine which schools would implement it,” she says.

 A Coordinator of Continuous Improvement Supports a Transitioning District

With the student population growing by more than 1,000 over the past five years, and an influx of ESL, ELL, dyslexic and other learning-disabled learners, a district-level coordinator of reading intervention implements MindPlay in second-through-12th grade classrooms resulting in “outstanding gains.”

Rural Wisconsin Middle School Customizes Learning For At-Risk Students

Wisconsin principal in charge of interventions district-wide reports that nine of 21 at-risk middle school students met or exceeded reading goals after just one semester on MindPlay. Other district educators are seeing an average of a 1.1 grade level increase over three quarters, with some district classrooms averaging up to 2.5 grade levels.

 Middle and High School “Critical” Readers Succeed on MVRC

students in a high-poverty inner city school were reading at a first-grade level in September. After less than a year, they are earning As and Bs in class coursework across the board.

Middle School Fragile Readers Improve their Reading Scores

Sixth- grade Special Education, dyslexic, second language and 504 Program students began working on MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC) in the fall. Teachers report the program closed students’ phonics and fluency gaps, and learners made a seven- point gain on the STAAR™ test in the spring.

Middle School Struggling Readers Average Two to Three Years’ Grade Level in One Semester

In a high-poverty Nevada district, grade six-through-eight students averaged third to fourth grade reading levels in August, and Special Education students averaged second to third grade levels, with 25 percent in the kindergarten to first grade range. Within one semester after using MindPlay, all students two or more years below grade level attained grade level in reading. The school has also seen two to three grade levels of reading growth for 40 percent of their students.

Special Education and Tier III Middle School Students Exceed Reading Program Expectations Using MindPlay

Facing the challenge of bringing high-risk middle school students to grade level in reading, a Reading Intervention teacher reports that, after using MVRC for a year, 57 percent of seventh-graders passed the end -of-year state reading test, and 52 percent of eighth-graders also passed. Students also made gains on SRI and met MAP growth projections.

Student Greatly Improves Reading, Spelling, Stuttering Issues

A middle school student with severe stuttering and literacy issues makes a 50 percent improvement in spelling in just six weeks and an increase of two grade levels in reading by the end of the year with MVRC. The student also gained a new self-confidence and his teachers report he is doing much better in all his other classes.