An essential part of putting achievement within reach for all learners is improving student outcomes. See the results that students and instructors are achieving with alta.
How alta helps students achieve mastery
Alta is designed to help students master key concepts covered in their course.
When students complete an assignment in alta, they show that they’re proficient in the learning objectives that are supported by that assignment. If a student struggles to complete an assignment, our adaptive technology diagnoses and remediates that student's knowledge gaps with personalized content and assessment that will help them achieve proficiency.
By helping students achieve proficiency, alta prepares students to demonstrate mastery with their performance on summative assessments.
Johns Hopkins University study: Alta makes an impact
We go to great lengths to be as transparent as possible about alta’s impact on learning outcomes. But even we can admit, we may not be the most objective source on the matter.
To get a fresh, unbiased perspective on alta’s efficacy, we shared our comprehensive, anonymized data with the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. We asked their research team to devise a study to assess the impact of alta on student outcomes like quiz and test scores, future assignment completion and retention.
Their conclusion? Alta makes an impact on learning outcomes for students of all ability levels.View the Johns Hopkins University report on alta’s impact
Knewton’s 2017 Data Insights
To measure alta’s impact on mastery, Knewton analyzed the results of more than 10,000 students who used alta in 2017. Here’s a look at our findings.
Students using alta demonstrate proficiency by completing assignments at high rates. 87% of the time, students using alta demonstrated proficiency by completing their assignments. Of students who struggled with an assignment, 82% ultimately completed it.
Completing alta assignments is directly correlated with better performance on summative assessments. Students using alta who had not yet completed an assignment scored an average of 55% on related course assessments, while students who completed their assignment scored an average of 81%.
Alta provides the biggest benefit to students who need it most. For struggling students, completing assignments in Alta led to an average assessment score increase of 38 points, from 40% to 78% correct, helping them gain ground on their peers.
What our instructors are saying
- Claude Moore, stats instructor, Cape Fear Community College
- Donna Jean, chemistry instructor, Park University - Parkville Campus
- Eric Villa, chemistry instructor, Creighton University
- Kristi Rieg, math instructor, Merced College
- Daniel R. Crane, chemistry instructor, University of Northwestern - Saint Paul
- Faith Miller, math instructor, Macomb Community College
- Andras Balogh, math instructor, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
- Jack Bartlett, math instructor, Carrington College
- Jeff Mack, chemistry instructor, California State University, Sacramento
- Andrew Moore, math instructor, National Louis University
- G. Tashbin, math and statistics instructor, University of Mobile
- Jesse Kurtz-Nicholl, economics instructor, Central Oregon Community College
- Shawn Shields, chemistry instructor, Germanna Community College
- Sharon North, math and statistics instructor, St. Louis Community College
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