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PracTutor The Only Adaptive Learning Platform That Is Aligned With RTI And Offers Test Based On Principals Of PARCC And SBAC

PracTutor solution for RTI intervention

Schools use PracTutor for all three tiers of Response to Intervention (RTI) framework.

PracTutor identifies students at-risk in the initial phase itself and accelerates their learning with instruction and practice that is intensive, balanced, and personalized.

Tier 1 – Core Instructional Interventions

All students in the Tier 1 phase receive high quality and scientifically segregated set of instruction. They are differentiated to meet their needs and are screened on a periodic basis to identify struggling learners who need additional support.

PracTutor takes a pre-test for each of the common core domains to ensure that each student has a unique learning path based on his/her skill set. The students then choose and learn from the educational and entertaining videos. Each video corresponds to one of the learning styles as per VARK (Video, Audio, Reading, and Kinesthetic). Students learn, practice, and take tests for each standard to ensure continuous progress. A student can take up the same lesson again and again with various resources until he receives desired grades. The score and progress records help identify the struggling students.

When teachers monitor students’ progress and get immediate alerts related to the struggling students, they provide instant remediation and help them on the individual basis.

Tier 2 – Targeted Group Interventions

In Tier 2 phase, the students identified as not “making adequate progress in the core curriculum” are provided with progressive intensive instruction that match their needs. As stated earlier these needs are identified based on the individual levels of performance and progress.

PracTutor ensures that the students who are identified as the struggling students in the core curriculum receive sufficient instructions. These instructions are in the form of videos, a step-by-step guide, along with explanations for each concept to ensure they grasp and relate to the basics thoroughly before they proceed ahead.

Teachers can group the students as per their skills and can assign the core standards to individual groups or to the whole class as per the needs of attention and intervention. The detailed reports help the school administrators and teachers to stay on the top of their assignments and progress.

Tier 3 – Intensive And Individual Interventions

In phase 3, students receive individualized, intensive interventions that target the students’ skill deficits for the remediation of the existing problems. This level assists in prevention of more severe and deep-rooted issues.

PracTutor links each common core standards to the previous pre-requisite standard; this helps introduce intensive intervention by inserting the missing skills in the student’s personalized learning path. The student can learn the missing skills through the set of videos and practice (with hints and step-by-step explanations) to ensure the existing problems are resolved before proceeding to the next standard.

NCTM recommends a set of in the process of creating intervention program and PracTutor is the only program that satisfies all the criteria.

PracTutor For Enrichment

PracTutor is equally well suited for talented, proficient, dedicated, or gifted students as it is for the students that lag behind.

PracTutor takes a pre-test for each of the common core domains to ensure that each student has a unique learning path based on his/her skill set. The advanced students start with challenging core standards and are not required to complete the standards that they are already familiar with. This engages them more and helps them stay motivated.
Each core standard in PracTutor has a critical thinking practice and tests to challenge the advanced level students. These tests are application-based and concept building questions that are aligned with the PARCC and the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

PracTutor For Career And College Readiness

With the growing complexity of the world and the increasing demands of the 21st-century workforce, there is little doubt that all students must graduate from high school fully prepared for college AND careers.

PracTutor’s differentiated instructions through videos practice and tests relevant to real world problems help ensure the students are prepared for healthy career options and competitive college.

About PracTutor
PracTutor is a customized learning and practice environment to help students in Grades 1 to 8 master Math and English. We provide 1-to-1 mentoring for each student. We make the learning fun by introducing gamification and help parents and teachers track progress and get alerts whenever they need help.

For More Visit http://www.practutor.com

PracTutor launches the pre-registration to help students learn Math and English in an adaptive innovative way

Louisville, KY. September 08, 2012 – PracTutor (www.practutor.com) is an adaptive learning platform to help students excel in Math and English. PracTutor was established with just one focus – THE STUDENT. PracTutor is trying to solve the challenge of how can we make any student love, learn and enjoy Math and English.

There are 39 million students in US in K-8 in public and private schools. Only 69% students make it to a high school and less than 70% to a college. Most of them falter at one of the numerous high school or college admission tests.  In college, majority of the students need to take remedial courses in Math and English. About 40% of the students take some form of Math and English training program to prepare for high school and more than 75% to prepare for college admission tests. The students get frustrated with the narrow focus of such trainings or possible interventions not available when needed. PracTutor experience is personalized and it understands the student’s strengths to challenge them more on their strengths and it understands their weaknesses to eliminate them.

PracTutor is virtually effortless and very intuitive for the student to use. It applies intelligent algorithms to understand the student’s abilities in Math and English and provide practice and training to strengthen their skills. This training is mapped to each and every standard of the common core curriculum. PracTutor involves the parents and the school teacher in the student’s progress and provides all the elements required for the success of the student. A private tutor can help the student whenever they need any help.

“I created PracTutor because I was frustrated after using quite a few after-school Math and English programs for my two sons in Grades 3 and 5, I felt there had to be a better way, a better product and not seeing one, decided to create one.”, said Vatsal Ghiya, co-founder, PracTutor.

“I have seen a lot of my cousins and sons and daughters on my friends struggle with Math and English with numerous programs they work on. All of the training programs seem to be missing one or several elements. We wanted to provide the entire ecosystem – a complete solution. That is what PracTutor is.”, said Hardik Parikh, co-founder and CEO, PracTutor.

PracTutor’s team comprises experts on Math and English from common core team, web designers, software developers, child psychologists, parents and school administrators.

PracTutor is in development right now and we would like to invite users for beta testing as soon as we have it out.

Watch what we do at http://youtu.be/HTo_D6N-CVI

Take a tour of the product at –http://www.practutor.com/tour

Pre-register using this link – http://www.practutor.com/

About PracTutor

Started in April -2012, PracTutor (www.practutor.com) is an adaptive learning platform to help students excel in Math and English. PracTutor is part of emPower Training Solutions (www.empowerbpo.com) that has been providing online compliance solutions to 100+ healthcare practices and hospitals since the last 4 years.

To learn more about PracTutor follow us at: http://www.facebook.com/PracTutor

PracTutor
12806 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
http://www.practutor.com

Contact:
Hardik Parikh, Co-founder and CEO
12806 Townepark Way,
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
Direct (502) 400-9374
Email: hardik@practutor.com
Twitter: @hardikvparikh
Blog: http://hardik.practutor.com

All press related inquiries to press@practutor.com

HOW IT ALL STARTED

So how did we get into this? How did we end up going from giving compliance training solutions for hospitals and healthcare organizations across the US to creating a K12 Math and English training program?

Well it all started one Sunday. Vatsal – The CEO of our parent company and I were discussing about education in our hometown Louisville, KY and in general across the US. His sons Yash and Rohan were excellent students. A graders. They were very good in Math and English and to get a bit more ahead in class they subscribed to a correspondence course called Math Wizard. This company used to send a few booklets for practice on Math and English – once a month. Both Yash and Rohan used to sit down every day for about an hour and solve problems on Math and write answers for English. Vatsal then needed to check the answers, score them, fill the scorecard, put it in an envelope and send it back and then wait. After about 2-3 months he would get a response from Math Wizard how Yash and Rohan are doing and that was again not a comparison with all the students and where they stood, just their individual result and a simple 2 line email or feedback (which was pretty obvious). Till they got the result for the 1st worksheets they were already on the 4th so no chance to go back and correct their errors or improve. This system sucked. The questions were not great as well.

We started discussing if there are better options out there. And we asked Chetan – our Managing Director. His daughters Priya and Pooja were enrolled in Kumon program in Evansville, IN, about 2 hour drive from Louisville, KY. I talked with both Priya and Pooja separately about Kumon but the feedback was same. BORING. Kumon asks to do the same worksheet sometimes as many as 6 times. The problems are simple ones so the student gets bored, really bored. In fact there is an anti-Kumon club as well started by a few kids.

http://www.wix.com/antikumonclub/anti-kumon-club

I found a few other interesting articles about them

http://www.mathsinsider.com/about-kumon-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly/

http://www.mathsinsider.com/the-kumon-interviews/

http://www.math-problem-solving.com/kumon_advantages_disadvantages.html#Disadvantages

So all 3 of us started thinking, isn’t there any other better alternative to learn Math and English. Surely someone must have thought of something interesting and we thought to discuss the same thing in about 2 weeks’ time having researched if there are better options.

All of us started looking for other options and talking to people.

Most of the people we talked to knew only of Kumon, Sylvan or private tutors (the latter two being very expensive $ 50+ per hour). Huntington was another option but again it was more tutoring at their center and on topics that the student was weak on, nothing to enhance the skills and master them.

Online – for Math the only things that we kept finding were Khan Academy and iXL. We put all 4 kids on both of them as our little testing. They enjoyed for the first 10 minutes or so. Rohan got excited as he got a badge on Khan but then he was bored here too. The practice in Khan academy and iXL was not adaptive and challenging enough for him. Yash being a smart kid solved all the problems thrown by these software and started waiting for more challenging problems but he was given similar type of problems over and over again. This frustrated him. The same thing happened with Priya.

So all 3 of us (Vatsal, Chetan and I) started wondering that there is definitely a gap. A solution to help elementary and middle school student learn, understand and then practice Math and English was illusive today.

All the online and brick and mortar companies had more holes than plugs. If the practice was good, teaching suffered. If teaching was decent, the practice was not challenging or adaptive.

We decided to jump in and create a software that teaches Math and English – that allows the students to practice and challenge them as they progress. This has to be both online and should be printable. Tutoring thrown in should work as well.

We all started putting ideas together and put a feature list talking with Yash – 12, Rohan -7 Priya -14, Pooja -13 and my 8 year old nephew – Arjav – a bit of gaming freak. We got a lot of gamification ideas for the software from him.

And that’s how it all started.