What is QuickSmart?
- QuickSmart is a 30-week intervention program aimed at middle school students whose numeracy or literacy outcomes are below minimum standards.
- Two QuickSmart programs are offered – QuickSmart Numeracy and QuickSmart Literacy.
- QuickSmart is designed to enhance a student's fluency in either literacy (reading and comprehension) or numeracy by improving their information retrieval times.
- 14 years of QuickSmart – over 1,130 schools!
- Download information packs for QuickSmart Numeracy and QuickSmart Literacy
- Independent analysis of independent, norm-referenced test results for over 40,000 QuickSmart students show that they consistently achieve up to three years' academic growth over a 30-week period.
- Teachers report student improvements in behaviour, higher levels of confidence and self-esteem, and increased classroom involvement.
- Students work in pairs with an instructor.
- Students participate in three, 30-minute lessons per week for 30 weeks.
- The majority of QuickSmart Instructors are non teacher-trained support staff, guided by a trained teacher.
- QuickSmart schools participate in three, two-day professional development workshops - QuickSmart is not an 'off-the-shelf' program.
- Workshop 1 is generally conducted in 1st Term, with an interval of three to four months between each workshop.
- Each school receives an annual report of the progress of its QuickSmart students.
- A Help Desk provides educational/program and IT support, five days per week (QuickSmart is not primarily a computer-based program - it utilises software for assessment and student motivation in one of the six lesson components).
It is particularly difficult to move students out of the lower stanine bands. The results above show that QuickSmart has been quite successful in moving students into higher bands, as measured by the various PAT. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) PAT tests use a framework for describing results against national Australian norms. This technique applies stanine scores that divide the population using a scale of 1 to 9. A stanine score of:
1 represents performance in the bottom 4% of the population,
2 represents performance in the lower or 4-10% of the population
3 represents performance in the lower or top 11-22% of the population
4 represents performance in the lower 23-39% of the population
5 represents performance in middle 40-59% of the population
6 represents performance in the higher 60-76% of the population
7 represents performance in the higher 77-88% of the population
8 represents performance in the higher 89-96% of the population
9 represents performance in the top 4% of the population.