In a time when school districts across the country are searching for new ways to make breakthroughs in student achievement, Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina has managed to raise the bar of excellence in their classrooms using Discovery Education’s Science Techbook.
Fourth- and seventh-grade students using Techbook scored higher in South Carolina’s 2015 Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) assessment than their peers who were not taught with Techbook, as indicated by new data from the district’s research team, led by Dr. Harriet Jaworowski.
Among fourth-grade students impacted by poverty and taught using Techbook, 4.5 percent more met or exceeded standard in the exam than their peers who were not taught with Techbook. For seventh-grade students impacted by poverty and taught using Techbook, 7.5 percent more met or exceeded standard in the examination than their peers who were not taught with Techbook.
Techbook also proved to be a success among students receiving special education services in 2015. Among these fourth-grade students, 40.7 percent taught using Science Techbook met or exceeded standard in the assessment, compared with the 28.6 percent of students not taught with Science Techbook who met or exceeded standard. For seventh-grade students receiving special education services, 28.7 percent taught using Science Techbook met or exceeded standard, compared with the 23.5 percent of students not taught with Science Techbook who met or exceeded standard.
Rock Hill’s Techbook Journey
Results matter. And these promising figures were realized after the district launched its digital transition with Discovery Education Techbook. The feedback district leaders received in prior years’ state testing scores motivated them to take a fresh approach with their curriculum.
They were looking for a digital solution that:
- Took advantage of their new one-to-one device implementation.
- Supported the 5E instructional model
- Helped students become modern learners
- Embraced challenge-based learning methods
After seeing success through an elementary school pilot, Rock Hill expanded its usage of Techbooks throughout K–12 classrooms to include Science, Social Studies, and Math Techbook. Four years after they began with Techbook, Rock Hill’s leaders dove into the results of their digital transition and were truly inspired by the success of their teachers and students.
“We are pleased to be seeing greater gains on state tests among our 4th and 7th grade students who use Science Techbook, especially students impacted by poverty and students with special needs,” said Dr. Jaworowski.
Not content to use the same formula, Science Techbook continues to evolve, offering students stronger STEM connections, resources and activities, as well as lessons featuring real-world phenomena that draw them into the material.
Interested in how Techbook could impact your classroom? You can test drive Techbook with a free trial.