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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 Solution for Enrichment

PracTutor is well suited for a talented and above proficient student as much as it is for the students who need extra care and intervention.


PracTutor takes a pretest 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 will 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 test to challenge the advanced students with more application-based and concept building questions which are aligned with the PARCC and Smarter Balanced Assessments.

Education Reform for Dummies – Race to the Top, Common Core, PARCC and Smarter balanced assessment


Race to the Top (RTT) is a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education contest for all 50 states and DC created to spur innovation and reforms in state and local district K-12 education.

Arne Duncan, previous CEO of Chicago schools who changes the school systems in Chicago and the current US Secretary of Education was the person behind the idea and implementation.  His idea was to bring the students in US at par with other countries that have advanced Math programs like Korea, China, India, Japan etc.  President Obama backed it under the ARRA act of 2009.

The idea was to award money to various states who submitted applications showcasing better curriculum, assessment methodology, performance-based standards, implementing common core curriculum, turning around the lowest-performing schools, and building data systems.  Points were awarded for each of the criteria and the state getting maximum points of a possible 500 wins the money!  As simple as that.

What the program did though was unify states and expedite the process to adopt the common core curriculum. Get more information   48 states adopted the common core by the August 2010 deadline.

12 states won the Race to the Top competition and were awarded the money with NY and FL getting the maximum $700 mn each.

Now the states won the money to implement better methodology, implementing common core curriculum, turning around schools, rewarding parents etc.  Now, the next logical step was the assessment, how to ensure all the students across the country are tested at the same level and are tested with 21st century skills, real time application testing. So the federal government under the RTT awarded money to 2 consortiums.

PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) http://www.parcconline.org/ had 23 states – DC and Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.  This consortium was awarded $170 million (Award Letter) would develop next generation assessment tests that would replace all existing assessments in these states and use the PARCC assessment.  The PARCC assessment would be done twice a year – mid-year and end of the year assessment.  They will start with a pilot of 1 million students in spring 2014 and have all the other 22 million students using PARCC by the academic year 2014-15.  The tests would be governed either on computers or by print for the initial 2 years and then completely online.

SMARTER Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ – was another consortium of 22 states of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and they were awarded $160 mn (Award letter).  They decided to take a different approach with a computer based adaptive test rather than just assessment to ensure the questions get difficult if the student is getting them right and vice-versa.

For both the assessments – A web-based Consortium platform will be developed to manage assessment data and provide sophisticated data reporting and analysis tools for customized reports.

So no matter what state or school you belong to – the coming school year – be prepared for computer based test which will test the students application/cognitive skills rather than having bubble based simple multiple choice questions. 21st century – here we come!

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