Free Access to Fuel Education’s Stride for Fifth Annual Alabama Summer Learning Challenge

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Alabama students in grades K-12 have free anytime, anywhere access to the online supplemental learning tool from this summer to help prevent “Summer Slide”

Although summer is an exciting time with vacations and warm weather, it also means time away from the classroom which can lead to “Summer Slide.” To help students in Alabama continue their learning over the summer in an engaging and fun way, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is launching its fifth annual Alabama Summer Learning Challenge. From May through July, students across the state have free access to several online learning tools, including Stride™, an award-winning digital learning solution from Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ) for intervention and supplemental learning that rewards student progress with games.

“This collaboration has allowed for thousands of students across the state to have access to skills practice, challenging video games and competitive learning that they would not otherwise experience in the summer months,” said Malissa Valdes-Hubert, Public Information Manager at ALSDE.

Stride motivates students toward mastery of math, language arts, reading, and science concepts and rewards their learning with “coins” they can redeem for gaming time. Its adaptive technology ensures students focus on concepts they need to practice and helps provide a variety of content to keep students engaged. Its Spanish translation features support English language learners. Because it is a cloud-based system, Stride works on most popular devices, including tablets and laptops, so students can access it anytime, anywhere. Students using Stride can compete against each other in games for a greater sense of community.

“Without Stride as a free resource as part of the Alabama Summer Learning Challenge, learning loss would be greater and students would return to school in August ill-prepared for the work that lay ahead. We are so thankful and hope to continue this rewarding partnership with Fuel Education that helps to create and sustain academic learning for Alabama students all summer long,” said Valdes-Hubert.

In addition to skills practice, Stride can be used for assessment and test readiness in the classroom. The built-in benchmark and formative assessments gauge whether students are at grade level for end-of-course and end-of-year tests. The solution also provides educators with real-time data and in-depth reports to help track student performance and guide instructional intervention.

“The Alabama State Department of Education is providing an invaluable service to its students over the summer by giving them access to online tools like Stride, which not only helps students stay engaged during vacation months but also provides an excellent supplement to in-class work during the school year,” said Brian Shulman, Senior Vice President for Fuel Education.

During last summer’s Alabama Summer Learning Challenge, students across the state answered 4,465,014 skills practice questions in Stride, a 250 percent increase from the 2015 Challenge.  Parents were pleased with their children’s use of Stride last summer. Following is feedback from parents:

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