Language Arts is getting a makeover. Next year students at Stacey will have new Language Arts curriculum. This year some Stacey teachers piloted two new programs to help the district decide which of the California approved publishers to choose.
From the beginning of the year to October 19th, Language Arts teachers piloted StudySync by McGraw-Hill. Afterward, the teachers piloted Amplify until December 14th.
At the end of the piloting period, Language Arts students took a poll to determine which program they preferred.
On Monday, Dec. 12, the results came in from Ms. Walters’s, Mrs. Airth’s, Mrs. Sale’s, and Mrs. Ortega’s class.
From Ms. Walters’s class, 85.4% of the students liked Amplify while 14.6% of the students liked StudySync. The majority also said that they loved the texts, the activities were okay, and that Amplify has improved their reading and writing. 61.5% rated it a three out of four, while 33.3% rated it a four out of four.
“I like Amplify better than StudySync because it’s not as boring as StudySync. I think that StudySync doesn’t explain things as well as Amplify does, and I get a better understanding about the text with Amplify,” said an anonymous student from Ms. Walters’s Language Arts class.
From Mrs. Airth’s class, 86.4% of the students liked Amplify while 13.6% liked StudySync. The majority also said that they loved the texts, the activities were awesome, and that Amplify has improved their reading and writing. 40.9% rated it a three out of four, while 45.5% rated it a four out of four.
“Amplify provides full stories while StudySync provides excerpts which isn’t enough to give me information about what is going on in that story. Also, Amplify has way more content in it than StudySync, such as the vocabulary app and so on,” said an anonymous student from Mrs. Airth’s Language Arts class.
From Mrs. Sale’s class, 94% of the students liked StudySync while only 6% like Amplify.
From Mrs. Ortega’s class, 89% of the students liked Amplify while 11% liked StudySync.
After the polls, six 6th grade teachers, five 7th grade teachers, and three 8th grade teachers had a meeting and voted to recommend one to the district for adoption. The results were 10-4 for StudySync.
Next year, the students can look forward to the new curriculum by McGraw-Hill.