The Chalk Talk Blended Learning Model

Below is a description of our course components. The Chalk Talk Blended Learning Model consists of a placement test, standard classes, equalizer classes, and an exit test. Every class is adaptive at the student level or at the school level. Combining different levels of adaptivity allows us to deliver personalized learning courses in a K-12 classroom setup:

  • Student Level Adaptivity : the content is differentiated from student to student within the same school.

  • Classroom Level Adaptivity : the content is differentiated from class to class. but is the same for students within the same class, .

Placement Test

To establish a benchmark for the starting level of the students and to place them into the program, CollegeReady begins with administering a full-length PSAT, SAT or ACT exam at the beginning of the program. The 3-hour exam can be administered as a paper-based or a computer-based version, taken in one sitting or as mini-quizes in up to eight sittings. All of our exams are unaltered third party tests, provided by the original test makers.

Standard Classes
Adaptivity Level :
(depends on step)

  • Standard Classes | Step 1

    Lesson Videos
    Adaptivity Level :

    To warm up for each class, students watch adaptive lesson videos (under 10 minutes) on the Student Program.

  • Standard Classes | Step 2

    Lesson Slides
    Adaptivity Level :

    Students then review the material and goes through sample exercises.

  • Standard Classes | Step 3

    Group Practice
    Adaptivity Level :

    Students then complete an exercise in small groups. Compared to working alone, working collaboratively has been shown to increase knowledge acquisition, retention of material, higher-order problem-solving abilities, and communication skills.

  • Standard Classes | Step 4

    Personalized Practice
    Adaptivity Level :

    In the second half of the class, students practice the topics they just learned in class by doing adaptive practice sessions from the Student Program.

Equalizer Classes
Adaptivity Level :

If the school gives CollegeReady enough time in the schedule, we include also include “equalizer classes.” These are an entire classes run on the Student Program, where every student automatically receives adaptive content and practice questions targeting their top 4 weaknesses—be it in reading, writing, or math.

These classes have complete adaptive scope and sequence for each student.

Exit Test

The exit test is also an official PSAT, SAT or ACT exam taken under the placement test’s conditions. This provides an impartial benchmark for CollegeReady score improvements.

We also provide each school, district, or government with detailed reports identifying student strengths and weaknesses in high school Math and ELA.

Two Products, Multiple Scheduling Options

CollegeReady can be delivered in as little as 12 hours and up to 70 hours. The course hours can be distributed over one semester, one academic year, or a shortened intensive period (like a summer break or winter break). The more time your school allocates to CollegeReady, the more work students can complete in the classroom, and the higher their results.

  • Student-driven course

    Students complete all the in-school work from their computers on their own.

  • Teacher-Driven Course

    Teacher delivers all the in-school work using the CollegeReady teaching materials. Schools who opt for this option observe higher scores because having teachers always improve student learning outcomes more than student-driven software-only im- plementations.
    When a school purchases CollegeReady, the course teacher(s) receive the following:

  • Lesson Plan
  • Teaching Slides
  • ELA & Math Instructor Edition Course Books
  • Student Worksheets
  • Teacher Dashboard Login
  • Professional Development Training

* : US National Average for SAT score improvement is 60 points [Source: CollegeBoard, May 2017]