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Pekin Elementary is part of a small rural school district of 726 students located in Packwood, Iowa. Each classroom is equipped with an in- teractive whiteboard, and teachers have access to two mobile laptop labs and one fixed computer lab.


Updating student access to tech- nology and increasing students understanding of technology and its applications is a continuous goal in the district. Tat goal along with the desire to enhance supplemental materials with technology prompt- ed Pekin’s Principal, Jeff Eeling; Superintendent, John Dotson; and a team of teachers to attend a Starr- Matica open house in the spring of 2010 in neighboring Fairfield School District. Fairfield had been utilizing StarrMatica’s library of content for four years.


Pekin educators heard first hand from Fairfield’s technology inte- gration specialist, Tina Breen, how StarrMatica helped her district make the most of their technology investments.


Pekin piloted StarrMatica in the spring of 2010 and invested in the library of content in the fall. “I had no reservations whatsoever before investing in StarrMatica. I was sold on it once I saw the capabilities,” said Superintendent John Dotson, pioneer of the first 1:1 initiative in Iowa.


“We chose StarrMatica


because of its user friendliness, the creativity of the content, how the content related to our curriculum and standards and benchmarks, and how the content captured our students’ attention.”


Pekin elementary teachers be- gan using StarrMatica with their students in the fall of 2010 aſter in-person professional develop- ment training from Emily Starr of StarrMatica. Pekin’s primary goal was to use StarrMatica to close the gap between data analysis and


intervention for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.


Te teachers used the program in a systematic and consistent way. Aſter analyzing individual student


Tis fourth grader is one of 24 students in the room working inde- pendently on a StarrMatica place value activity with a laptop from the school’s mobile cart.


In spring 2011, Pekin third, fourth, and fiſth graders took the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Te tests showed the effectiveness of Pekin’s strategy of data analysis and individualized intervention with StarrMatica.


Pekin students (represented by blue bars) scored well above the state average (represented by green bars.) Te tables below show the percentage of students proficient as measured by Spring 2011 ITBS testing.


96.09% 97.67%


Spring 2011 ITBS Testing Data 100%


93.84% 94.00% 95.39%


data from the previous year’s Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and an addi- tional computerized assessment program, teachers used StarrMatica to easily find targeted interventions for every individual student weak- ness.


Teachers then used StarrMatica’s in- dividual student progress accounts to monitor an intervention’s effec- tiveness. If a particular intervention proved unsuccessful, teachers se- lected another option from Starr- Matica’s library of choices.


79.85% 77.32%


79.85%


77.70%


81.34%


79.41%


3rd Reading 4th Reading


5th Reading 3rd Math


4th Math 5th Math


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