True to our roots in the classrooms of our founders, AcademicMerit has honed its product development through research aimed at not only establishing the merits of the underlying pedagogy, but also the usability of each tool. As implementation of the Common Core State Standards takes shape, we are continuing this tradition—in addition to producing white papers on related topics.
Implementing Formative Writing Assessments (2012)
Most students are not writing well enough to meet grade-level demands and, consequently, are at a serious disadvantage for being college-and career-ready. In response to this dilemma, the Carnegie Corporation funded and published Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment, by Steve Graham, Karen Harris, and Michael Hebert. This white paper examines how AcademicMerit’s suite of tools embrace the recommendations of the report.
Clearing the Way (2012)
This white paper, written by an English teacher in North Carolina, examines how AcademicMerit’s suite of tools provides schools with a system for generating and using assessment data in the Common Core Era.
Maine Pilot Study (2011)
Based on the results of 2009-10 Literary Companion Impact Study, AcademicMerit collaborated with the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) during the second semester of the 2010-11 school year to conduct a large-scale pilot-study of all three of its products—Literary Companion, Assessments21®, and FineTune™. This study was overseen by Dr. David Silvernail of the Center for Educational Policy, Applied Research and Evaluation (CEPARE) at the University of Southern Maine.
The purpose of this larger study was two-fold: to examine the perceived value of all three products by teachers to leverage technology to enhance learning and instruction, in general, and to examine the merits of these programs as a model for linking professional development and formative assessment to help schools align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Literary Companion Impact Study (2009-10)
During the 2009-10 school year, Dr. David Silvernail of CEPARE conducted an impact study of Literary Companion among teachers and students in five high schools.
This study concluded, "the evidence indicates that Literary Companion is an effective suite of online tools for improving both instruction and learning. It is a good example of the way in which technology may be integrated into classroom instruction, and because of its features, it is an excellent example of how technology may be used effectively in helping teachers improve their students' learning."