Teacher Review for Front Row

Accurate assessment of student skills according to today's standards.

Jaime H.
Technology coordinator
Tilden Middle School
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I found Front Row when I was looking for an alternative to the Brigance test that I was told I had to use with EVERY student even though it is not an accurate representation of their skill set. I immediately fell in love with Front Row because it gave an accurate grade level equivalency of students skills and leveled remediation tasks accordingly. I used the free version exclusively and they only thing that annoys me is that I can only set one assignment regardless of how many classes I set up. So, I have to put all my students in the same class in order to give them an assignment. If you don't care about setting up assignments, you can have students work on their own. You get weekly progress reports sent to your email which is uber convenient. I have not used their ELA content, but looked at a couple of their reading assignments and saw some I could use in my math class (Ada Lovelace anyone). My students are always curious about what their grade level is after completing assignments. Unfortunately, they have to either test out of or complete all of the K-5 material before they reach a 6th grade level. I use it as motivation though, because none of them want to be at a 3rd grade level which is where most of them test.
My Take
I like Front Row for it's ability to accurately assess my students based on current standards and build skills they are deficient in. When a student needs to redo an activity, the tutorial videos don't change, but the numbers in a question or the type of question that is asked does which means they can't just memorize answers to get through or put in the same answer their friend does. I which I had more control over assignments in the free version, but other then that, I highly recommend this program.