July 13, 2023

For almost 50 years, JESS has provided quality education to students from nearly 70 different nationalities, but in recent years, the school has transformed its approach to education. By using Renaissance solutions like Accelerated Reader and Star Assessments, JESS has created a student-led learning environment that puts students at the centre of their education.

This approach has not only resulted in increased student engagement and motivation but has also led to significant improvements in academic achievement. It’s no wonder that JESS was rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in 2019. Let’s take a closer look at how JESS uses Renaissance solutions to support its assessment requirements and enhance student success.

Star Reader is a personalised assessment tool that helps teachers and parents assess a child’s reading age and level of comprehension. The assessment takes approximately 20-25 minutes and provides an accurate reading age. On the other hand, Accelerated Reader is a tool that helps children choose books within their ZPD. At Jumeirah, these tools provide an inclusive approach that tailors instruction to meet the needs of individual students. With each child’s reading results being unique, they have their own range of books to choose from, ensuring that every child has access to books appropriate for their reading level.

In addition, these solutions encourage student-led learning, where students have the freedom to choose their own books based on their reading level, interests, and personal preferences. This approach fosters a love of reading and encourages students to take ownership of their learning.

Using an online format for assessment is also beneficial. Star Reader is an online reading assessment tool that allows students to take quizzes on their computers or tablets. This format is engaging and convenient for students, allowing teachers to monitor student progress in real-time. The progress monitoring feature of Star Reader enables teachers to track student progress over time, inform instruction, identify areas of strength and weakness, and make data-driven decisions to improve student learning outcomes.

Star Assessments provide teachers with a quick and easy way to assess individuals and groups of students, identify and close attainment gaps, and monitor progress over time. This allows teachers to provide targeted support to struggling students while challenging high achievers to reach their full potential. By differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all learners, JESS has ensured that every student receives the support they need to succeed.

Parental involvement is another crucial aspect of JESS’s approach. With Renaissance Solutions, parents can stay informed about their child’s progress, with detailed insights on student learning, progress, and achievement available at the touch of a button. This fosters a strong partnership between parents and teachers, with both working together to support student success.

In conclusion, JESS’s approach to education is all about empowering students, involving parents, and tailoring instruction to meet the needs of all learners. By partnering with Renaissance Solutions, JESS has created an environment where students can take control of their learning and succeed. JESS’s commitment to student-led learning, parental involvement, and differentiation is a testament to the school’s dedication to providing quality education.

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