Merit Software Pilot Program
- What types of students can use Merit Online effectively?
- Is there training? How many teachers may we train?
- Is there a cost for training?
- Is there a cost for the software?
- How do we place students? Is there a placement program?
- What can we expect with the pilot?
- What happens at the end of the pilot?
- What is expected of the school and the teachers?
- Do we need to complete a survey, or do we get an evaluation at the end?
- If we decide to invest in Merit Online, how is cost determined?
- Do we need a server?
- What type of computer do we need?
- Who sets up the pilot?
- How long does the pilot program run?
- What if I want to try Merit programs that are not currently online?
- More questions?
The Merit Online Pilot program provides organizations with the opportunity to access Merit’s web-based programs prior to a purchase decision or in anticipation of future funding.
The pilot program ensures that educators observe firsthand students’ experience with Merit’s engaging and effective activities and exercises.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Merit English Language Arts programs are series of applications that are extremely helpful for students in upper elementary grades and most students in middle schools, high schools, and college and career prep programs.
Merit has been used successfully with many types of students, including English language learners, special needs, alternative education, and general education students who need extra support.
Even though Merit Online is easy to use, training is recommended so that staff members learn how to monitor students. We will train as many instructors as necessary for proper use of the program.
There is no cost for use of the software during the evaluation.
Merit Online programs are divided into different levels based on reading and/or grade level. The input you provide to your Merit consultant will help determine suitable starting levels of challenge. All work is tracked, so students may advance as they demonstrate readiness.
Students and teachers will have their own Merit Online learning account. The student accounts have access to the learning activities. The teacher accounts have access to student reports.
It is recommended the students use Merit for a minimum of 2 sessions of 30 to 45 minutes per session. Consistent use and regular monitoring are the keys to a successful pilot. Your Merit consultant can monitor usage and assist as necessary, especially as you start to utilize reports and monitor student progress.
At the end of the pilot we review overall usage and results with administration and key staff. The account may remain active until the school is able to invest in the appropriate Merit solution for their students.
It is expected that teachers will make a concerted effort to have students use the program consistently and for adequate amounts of time so that they benefit from the instruction and practice activities for all of the activities for at least one level. It is very beneficial for teachers to understand how to find and create reports.
No survey is required, but we like to review reports of student, class, and school performance and to gather feedback from staff.
A key element of the pilot is to help determine the number and type of licenses required for optimum, cost-effective use. We will tailor a proposal appropriate to your site or program.
No. Merit Online is hosted by Merit Software and does not require a server.
Merit Online is platform independent. Any computer with Internet access is sufficient.
Merit Software will set up each organization’s pilot account.
A pilot will normally run for two (2) weeks. Longer periods will be considered upon request, based on usage and commitment to funding the program.
Ask us for an Evaluation CD-Rom. It contains full-working samples of all Merit products.