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Case Studies: How Merit Software Is Being Used

Help Students Pass High School Exit Exam

Escalon High School employs Merit’s grammar software to
improve students’ skills. It is used primarily to help high school
students who are having trouble passing the high school exit exam.
Students from grades 9 to 12 use the programs in a lab setting
or with individual tutors. The teachers say that the students
simply enjoy working on the computer with Merit Software.

Escalon High School
Escalon, CA

Improve Middle School Reading Comprehension

Hampton Township Middle School’s reading support program for sixth
and seventh graders gets students up to speed in specific reading
skills. Students come in during study hall once or twice a week.
Depending on the time of year, up to 15 students may be in the
program.

Merit Software’s reading and vocabulary programs are used as
an assessment, then as “eye – hand” work in specific
cognitive concepts. The school also uses speed reading software
and workbooks for instruction. Merit’s post-tests are used to
validate student improvement.

Hampton Township Middle School
Allison Park, PA

Build Fourth Grader’s Writing Skills

A major emphasis in the school district is to improve students’
writing and grammar skills. The computer lab is used to provide
activities towards that end. All fourth graders at the school
use the computer lab at least once a week. During that time, students
who used Writing Fitness improved their standardized test
scores more than students who did not.

Ocean Avenue Elementary School
Middletown, NJ

Apply Learning

Grades 9 – 12 English classes at Rancho Cucamonga High School
are improving their language arts skills with Merit Software’s
Language Arts Bundle. These Merit programs serve as a supplemental
reinforcement for in-class materials and strategies. First, students
learn with workbooks and have class discussions. Afterwards, the
software is used to see if students can apply their newly learned
classroom knowledge.

Rancho Cucamonga High School
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Strengthen Adults’ Academic Skills

The Learning Lab at Cape Fear Community College provides students
with personal tutoring and self-paced instructional software.
These adult learners have a wide range of capabilities and interests.
GED and developmental studies students use Merit reading, writing,
and math software to enhance learning skills and strategies. At
the beginning of each semester, students are brought into the
lab and introduced to the programs. When they return for tutoring,
many choose to work with the software rather than with tutors.

Cape Fear Community College
Cape Fear, NC