Fee Based Platforms

Apex Learning, Inc.

Apex Learning, Inc Website.

  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: 1.5 hrs per lesson.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Attainment of at least 70% correct on unit assessment.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copies of completed unit assessment.
  • Prerequisites: 6.0 on TABE D.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Works on Flash enable devices. Publisher does not recommend use of tablets, however.
  • Access: Cost ($200) paid by individual program.

Career Ready 101

Career Ready 101 Website

  • ACT product: Keytrain Update
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: Varies - download list.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Attainment of at least 80% correct on post-tests.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copies of student reports from data management system.
  • Prerequisites: 6th Grade Reading of a 518 or higher on a TABE and 221 or higher on a CASAS for distance (independence); 4th Grade Reading of a 461 or higher on a TABE or 211 or higher on a CASAS for a hybrid (class and independence).
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Through the internet only
  • Access: Cost ($2,845 per consortia, for a one-year license) paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Sylvia Galbraith

Crossroads Cafe

Crossroads Cafe Website

  • Proxy hour equivalent: 5 hours per completion of module/portion, 130 hours maximum.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Workpackets completed to satisfaction of teacher.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copy of learner log/proxy hour worksheet
  • Prerequisites: CASAS reading scores from 220-235 (ELL levels 4-6) recommended.
  • Web-based: No (DVDs, teacher manual, and workbooks needed)
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: No
  • Access: Cost paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Adam Kieffer

GED Academy

GED Academy Website

  • Brief Description: GED Academy is a complete online self-paced ABE, Pre-GED, and GED preparation program.
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent/Criteriua for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Report from data management system (in Learner Management System, select the student, the date range - if necessary - and the report is automatically generated.
  • Prerequisites:
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Through purchase of student seats - Contact Kirsten Thomas, Account Manager, at 541-225-5074 for specific price quotes.
  • Super user: Lori Stearns

IXL

IXL Website

  • Brief description: IXL provides a comprehensive resource of interactive content to give students and instructors the tools to identify and close skill gaps, personalize learning, and track progress in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. IXL meets common core and MN state standards for K-12.CCRS standards are in development.
  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Management system report.
  • Prerequisite: IXL Math and Language Arts: CASAS Reading score 151+, TABE Reading score 225+; basic digital literacy skills.IXL Science and Social Studies: CASAS Reading score 201+, TABE Reading score 368+; basic digital literacy skills.
  • Note: Spanish language content is also available in IXL, but is not approved for ABE instruction.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes. Practice IXL on the go with free apps for iPad, Android, & Kindle. Students have interactive problems and colorful awards at their fingertips. As of 2017, IXL does NOT have an app for smartphones, but IXL does work if you login through the internet on your smartphones.  Students will often have to zoom in on the questions to see them better on a smartphone.  An IXL smartphone app is in the works, tentatively for 2018.
  • Access: There is a cost - check IXL website for specifics.
  • Superuser: jaschmidt3@rochester.k12.mn.us
  • Resources

KeyTrain

KeyTrain Website

  • Proxy Hour Equivalent: 4 hrs per level - Reading for Information has 7 levels for a total of 28.5 hrs (including 30 minutes for the pretest at the beginning of the level); Locating Info has 6 levels for a total of 24.5 hrs (including 30 minutes for the pretest at the beginning of the level); Applied Math has 7 levels for a total of 28.5 hrs (including 30 minutes for the pretest at the beginning of the level).
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Achieving at least 75% on level quizzes.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copies of completed quizzes, showing at least 75% correct
  • Prerequisite: 4.0 TABE reading level is recommended.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: There is a cost; check here. DEED no longer purchases KeyTrain licenses for each consortium in Minnesota. ABE programs may be able to work out access to KeyTrain with their local workfoce center.
  • Superuser:

Learner Web

Learner Web Website

My Foundations Lab/Accuplacer

My Foundations Lab/Accuplacer Website

  • Proxy Hour Equivalent/Criteri
  • a for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour. The writing and study skills sections have not yet been approved, pending further data.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Report from data management system.
  • Criteria for awarding time: Teacher verification of student work is required (teachers need to run and review gradebook reports and adjust any time exceeding the allowed maximum; teachers should also review time 'on-task,' to insure that each student actually made an honest attempt to master the subject).
  • Prerequisites: Targeted at upper level students preparing for transition into college.
  • Documentation required: Print and maintain copies of student gradebooks and extra practice records, for each major content area (math and reading).
  • Web-based: Yes.
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Cost paid by individual programs, support provided through Minnesota Literacy Council.
  • Questions/Superuser: Susan Wetenkamp-Brandt
  • Resources:

Putting English to Work

Putting English to Work Website

  • Proxy Hours Equivalent: 4 hours per unit, total 20 units = 80 hours possible
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Completion of workpacket (including quizzes and a final test) to the satisfaction of teacher.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Teacher verified completion of a workbook unit, which includes a short test.
  • Prerequisites: No requirement, but suggestion is CASAS Reading 181+ (not suitable for pre-literate learners); use independently or as hybrid.
  • Web-based: No, DVDs and workbooks
  • Access: Cost paid by individual programs.
  • Superuser Adam Kieffer

Reading Horizons Elevate

Reading Horizons Elevate Website

  • Proxy Hours Equivalent: 1 proxy hr per lesson (68 lessons) and 0.5 proxy hr per chapter test (6 chapter tests) for 71 total hrs.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Student achieves 70% or higher on lesson quizzes/tests
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Copies of completed tests/quizzes, with at least 70% correct
  • Prerequisites: Includes work beginning at foundational level  for emerging readers or people who are new to the English language. Reading Horizon assessments determine where to place the student at the start of program – Emerging, Basic, or Accelerated.  The software can also be fully customized to meet the needs of the individual student.
  • Web-based: Yes
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Cost paid by individual programs.
  • Minnesota Contact for Purchasing

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Website

  • Proxy Hours Equivalent/Criteria for Awarding Proxy Hours: Clocktime, as per timeout setting provided by publisher; multiply the amount of clocktime recorded by 1.25, to account for teacher coordination with learner, and round to nearest quarter hour.
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Successful completion of  core lesson - each lesson has a different proficiency level needed for successful completetion - platform will not allow student to move ahead until this proficiency level is attained.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Individual learner report
  • Prerequisites: The standard curricula is appropriate for learners with a CASAS score of 165 or higher (blended). There is also a curricula available for non-English speaking refugees or immigrants who are not literate in their native language. Rosetta Stone aligns to CASAS standards.
  • Web-based: Yes.
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: Yes
  • Access: Cost paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Eric Lind
  • Resources

Teach Me English in ASL

Teach Me English in ASL Website

  • Proxy Hours Equivalent: .5 hours for each module/lesson; maximum possible 37.5 hours
  • Criteria for awarding Proxy Hour Equivalent: Successful completion of worksheet following lesson/module with a score of at least 70% accuracy.
  • Proxy Hour Documentation: Staff should set up and manage a reporting system for this platform (using Excel), which should include number of lessons watched and worksheets completed, as well as the score of the completed worksheet.
  • Prerequisites: CASAS 190
  • Web-based: No
  • Available on tablets/smart phones: No
  • Access: Cost paid by individual program.
  • Superuser: Sarah Hoggard