Friday, November 17, 2017

How to Change the Stride Curriculum

You can change the curriculum for the entire class or an individual student. By default, all students receive Stride 360 Adaptive Engine. You may want to change the curriculum to work on only specific skills. Special education teachers especially like this feature. A student who is performing significantly below grade level can be assigned specific skills even if those skills are from a lower grade level.

As you approach the spring high-stakes test, you may want to change the curriculum to the middle setting--Begin and remain at the class grade level.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stride Science Curriculum Update

Stride Science Curriculum Update
Stride will be implementing updates to our Science curriculum for Alabama in grades 3-8.  All Science curriculum will now be directly aligned to the Alabama Science Standards, including newly added skills. This means more relevant content to better support our students. 
Please see below for a full explanation of these updates:
  • For these updates to take effect, the students’ current Science progress will be cleared.  They will then start over with the updated curriculum.  
  • For the students to have maximum grade level exposure, Science will not be a part of the adaptive engine. 
  • In lieu of the Progress Monitoring Assessment, teachers will be able to take advantage ofStride’s Quiz Builder feature to create Science assessments for their students.
We are very excited about these improvements in our Science curriculum for Alabama and look forward to continuing to support our educators and students. Contact Stride Customer Support at 866.552.9192, ext. 2, or

Note: Stride Science will be temporarily unavailable from November 17th - November 22nd as we implement these updates. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Operating Contests During Holidays

You have the ability to set up a "contest" at any time. The reason the topic surfaces now is the opportunity to motivate student participation in Stride during extended holidays.

I found a video which explains how to do it, and does so in less than 3 minutes.

Contest winners are determined by the number of "Star Points" earned during the contest.

So what's the difference between "Coins" and "Star Points"? Glad you asked.

"Star Points" are earned when the students play the games. The better they perform on the games, the more Star Points they earn. "Coins" are earned as they answer questions.

A contest can be established at the school level, or a teacher can schedule one for his/her KCC. As with many things, there are upsides and downsides. Will students have parents or older siblings answer questions for them in order to earn coins? Will they have others play the games for them to earn Star Points? How could you present a contest in a way that would minimize the motivation to try to "beat the system"? Good questions!

If you decide to run a contest, remember that what you are doing is something LTS sees as being newsworthy, so by all means seize the opportunity for some publicity for your school. That type of publicity also plays well for the state as a whole when it comes time to renew the grant. You can always send this type of information to me.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Little Thing But a Big Thing (for administrators and other school contacts)

Probably the biggest issue we face at the beginning of each year is being sure the correct boxes are checked on the "Curriculum" tab for each class. If a class is self-contained, checking the box for each subject is the answer.

When students change classes and may have one KCC for math, another for reading, a third for science, etc., it becomes important to check only the box for that subject.

Invariably, we run into situation where too many subjects have been checked. We see situations like students winding up taking both math and reading PMA in the KCC for their math class. The reports become less meaningful.

The only way to be sure each class had the right boxes checked was to go class-by-class and look at the Curriculum tab. Lots of mouse clicks, especially when trying to keep up with all classes in the county.

A new field

If you have administrative access, starting now, you will see a new field when you click the "Class Manager" tab. That field shows what subjects have been checked for each class.

Now, at the school level, looking at that one page gives you the subjects selected for every class at a glance. Many fewer mouse clicks!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

New Look for "Settings" Tab

Teachers will notice a different look when clicking the "Settings" tab.

Everything that was there before is still there, only now you don't have to scroll. Menu items now display across the top.

Remember scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page to change your password? Now, it's a click away on the "Class Info" menu.

You'll have no difficulty with the new look. However, when you are used to one look, a different appearance comes as a surprise.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


One thousand, seven hundred and twenty-seven...

That's how many PMAs were completed by Calhoun County students as of 10:00 AM on the second day of the PMA window.

Completing PMA within the first few days of the window offers several advantages:
  1. You can take advantage of the Quiz Builder, Adaptive Engine (grades K-8), and changing the curriculum to just the standards you are focusing on right now.
  2. You can give students their results and celebrate successes. When you run the Class PMA Report, you will see the overall score for each student in Math and Reading. The score from PMA1 and PMA2 appear side-by-side. You'll be able to see at a glance which students made big gains and which students did not progress.
  3. From that same Class PMA Report, you can look at performance standard-by-standard. What was something you thought you taught well but the scores did not reflect that? You will be able to see what you may want to reteach. If you want to do small group instruction based on any standard, run the Student Grouping Report. Choose the appropriate time frame and watch the software divide the students into three groups based on how well they have performed on that standard.

Do you have something neat happening at your school you would like to spotlight?

Let me know. Send photos and descriptions of what's happening. As I visit your school, be sure to direct me to the things you would like to see featured.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Giving the Same Quiz to Multiple Classes

Jane is a 7th grade math teacher. She has 5 classes of 7th grade math (5 different KCC numbers.) Jane creates a quiz and assigns it to the students in one class. She wants, however, for the students in the other 4 classes to be assigned that quiz as well. How does she do this?

In essence, Jane would share the quizzes with herself.

On the Quiz Builder tab, Jane would be sure to check the "Share Box."

Next, Jane would log into another class to whom she wanted to assign the quiz. On the Quiz Builder tab, she would see a list quizzes already assigned to that class. She will also see the blue "Shared Quizzes" button. When she clicks on that button, she sees all of the quizzes marked for sharing.

Jane clicks "Copy" to add the quiz to this class.

At this point, Jane can make changes to the quiz. In addition to assigning it to the appropriate students, she could add or delete questions if she wanted to make the quiz for this class slightly different.

Jane would repeat this process, logging into each class to which she wanted to assign this quiz.

To keep the list of shared quizzes from becoming overly large over time, she could log into the original class and unclick the "Share" check box.