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Commercializing the Effective K-3 Assessment to Instruction (A2i) Intervention to Reduce Cost and to Scale Access to the Benefit of More Students

Award Information
Agency: Department of Education
Branch: N/A
Contract: EDIES14C0026
Agency Tracking Number: EDIES14C0026
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2014-12-31
Small Business Information
6211 E Keim Dr
Paradise Valley , AZ 85253-
United States
DUNS: 079149703
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jay Connor
 (202) 208-1983
Business Contact
 Jay  Connor
Research Institution

Purpose: Students who fail to achieve proficient levels of literacy are at increased risk for grade retention, referral to special education, and dropping out of high school. The kindergarten through 3rd grade years are particularly important for students to gain a strong foundation in reading as those who continue to struggle with reading are significantly less likely to achieve reading proficiency. The Assessment-to-instruction, or A2i, is an existing technology tool that supports individualized literacy instruction by interpreting reading assessment results to plan and implement individualized instruction. Developed and tested with prior IES funding, researchers find that K-3rd grade children in A2i classrooms showed significantly greater gains compared to control classrooms. However, feedback from practitioners demonstrates that A2i implementation often requires substantial amounts of researcher support and local district adaptation, and that the cost of A2i is not sustainable for most school district budgets. This project will develop a technology platform to enable a high-capacity, cost-efficient, scalable version of A2i so that it can be easily used by teachers and educational leaders in a wide variety of settings.

Project Activities: The project team will redesign the current version of A2i using the Software-as-a-Service model deployment, allowing frequent updates and optimizations while reducing the cost of entry and maintenance. Redevelopment will focus on optimization of the data modeling logic and database structure to provide a more logical relationship between objects. Using modern development standards, concepts such as schools, districts, grades, classrooms, and students will be implemented as discrete data objects, which are interrelated through the database structure. The researchers will create professional development modules to support efficient and effective implementation. These components will then be integrated within the overall system. Iterative refinements will be conducted at major production milestones until the product is fully functional. Once development is complete, the researchers will assess the usability and feasibility, fidelity of implementation, and the promise of the product to improve student outcomes in 25 kindergarten to grade 3 classrooms. The A2i program will be implemented over the school year and will track pre-post student reading outcomes on school selected achievement measures, including 3rd grade state Common Core reading assessments.

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