Conifer High School
12th Grader: Michael Mosey
On: Precision Prep
|The Precision Prep course I went through helped prepare me for taking the ACT test. It gave me clear examples of what to be prepared for and the range of difficulty that I needed to study to get my desired score. The different tasks and practice English and Reading sections were very similar to what was on the actual test, and I feel it assisted me in achieving the score that I got.|
Conifer High School
12th Grader: Dylan Fox
On: Precision Prep
|I spent probably hundreds of hours studying for the SAT, but nothing really helped me as much as the Precision Prep course. The class work didn't need me to make any more space in my schedule, and fit well with what we were already learning. And, the immediate feedback was easy to understand and broke down what I needed to work on. Overall, Precision Prep was instrumental in getting me my score.|
Personal Milestones Based on SAT/ACT Benchmarks
Helping Students Identify Their Needs
Student Dashboards Illuminate Needs
Pin-Pointing Knowledge Strands and Mastery Levels
Student Instructional Supports
Tools & Resources Tailored To Learning Priorities
Our Mission to "Help Move Every Student As Far As They Can As Fast As They Can" binds us to every parent's central concern - the visible movement of their child toward college readiness.
Our SAT/ACT preparation approach - Precision Prep - provides parents/students an individualized college readiness roadmap and a visible trajectory of a student's progress toward SAT/ACT goals.
Precision Prep is an innovative after-school instructional service provided by licensed teachers. It supplements a student's school but is accountable directly to parents.
Precision Prep is an instructional process for students, wherein students learn to measure their learning needs, identify attainable milestones, and produce evidence of their growth one milestone at a time. Each milestone represents a step toward a specific SAT/ACT performance level. Parents are included in this process and actively monitor their child's progress toward SAT/ACT goals.
Precision Prep students learn high-stakes testing tips & tricks. More important, they develop the competencies that these tests will ultimately be measuring. And they work toward expectations determined, not by their age but, by their individual needs and strengths so they move as far and fast as they can.
Learn about Our Precision Prep Toolkit
For two consecutive years teachers at Conifer HS showcased "Competency-based Instructional Methods" and their impact on student growth (Conifer's Story Below). These methods allow teachers to help each student
1) objectively measure her needs in terms of the SAT/ACT benchmarks.
2) reflect upon her needs and identify the learning milestones that represent meaningful steps toward her particular SAT/ACT goals.
3) attain each personalized milestone and preserve evidence of mastered competencies.
Whether a student exceeds grade-level expectations or has fallen below them, the learning focus always falls within her SAT/ACT "growth zone." Rather than being reminded where she stands relative to peers, the student sets expectations of herself and grows as far/fast as she is able.
The outcome is a permanent trail of accomplishment and a visible growth trajectory toward SAT/ACT goals.
Precision Prep draws students into a personal cycle of measurement, self-reflection/analysis, milestone identification, and mastery. (See Process Below) The process, itself, teaches students how to take ownership of their data and accept responsibility for producing evidence of the competencies that affect their data. And the process is transparent to parents/guardian so they can monitor and support their student's movement toward their high stakes testing goals.
Fee: $210 per Instructional Block
Conifer adopted an approach (Depicted below) to introduce "Competency-based Instructional Methods" to their students without intruding on the classroom responsibilities of staff. School time is set aside for students to analyze their needs and work on the milestones of their individualized college readiness plans. As an after-school offering, Precision Prep reinforces the in-school program by helping students with their plans and increasing their pace toward their SAT/ACT goals.
While the school's staff focuses on helping students, as a whole, meet grade-level expectations, Precision Prep focusses on helping students, individually, work toward SAT/ACT goals. The two processes are different, but complementary.
Spring 2016, working with Precision School Improvement LLC, Conifer introduced a non-grade seminar for students needing improvement in their high stakes test scores. Conifer adopted the methods/tools described above.
Precision Prep helps schools overcome capacity contraints, allows passionate teachers to increase their value to the community, and gives parents the college readiness roadmaps they need to have for their kids.