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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is SAM?
Question: Why did Scholastic decide to develop SAM?
Question: How does SAM support data-driven, differentiated instruction?
Question: How will SAM affect my district's total cost of ownership?
Question: How will SAM help my district meet AYP?
Question: Does SAM use industry-standard technology?
Question: Can SAM be purchased separately?
Question: Can I import data from our district's Student Information System (SIS)?
Question: What data points can be exported from SAM into .csv format?
Question: Does it take a long time to learn how to use SAM?
Question: Will SAM run on our district's Wide-Area Network (WAN)?

Question: What is SAM?

Answer:
SAM, the Scholastic Achievement Manager, is a management system that supports Scholastic Education's technology products. It is the dashboard for supporting data-driven instruction, AYP accountability requirements, and district wide data aggregation for teachers, administrators, and technologists.

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Question: Why did Scholastic decide to develop SAM?

Answer:
Scholastic Education is committed to providing high-quality programs that address the most hard-to-tackle challenges faced by schools and districts. SAM takes advantage of the latest advances in technology to offer an innovative solution for managing student data, monitoring progress, and differentiating instruction at the classroom, building, and district level. With SAM, districts can aggregate and disaggregate data at the district-level, run reports, and monitor progress according to demographic groupings.

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Question: How does SAM support data-driven, differentiated instruction?

Answer:
SAM facilitates data-driven, differentiated instruction in a number of ways. First, a user-friendly interface makes it easy for educators to run reports and monitor student performance. The reports provide point-of-use suggestions for interpreting the data and taking action for follow up.

Additionally, SAM provides access to online resources that can be used for differentiating instruction. Teachers can link directly from the reports to the appropriate lesson plans, passages, and graphic organizers that can be used to meet students' needs. Educators can also use a search engine to locate resources by skill and resource type.

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Question: How will SAM affect my district's total cost of ownership?

Answer:
SAM reduces total cost of ownership by reducing the number of servers needed to support Scholastic Education programs, by increasing concurrent usage limits, by automating certain procedures, and by reducing the amount of time dedicated to set up and maintenance for the programs it supports, such as READ 180, ReadAbout, SRC!, and SRI.

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Question: How will SAM help my district meet AYP?

Answer:
SAM enables administrators to aggregate and disaggregate performance data at the district level, making it easy to monitor student progress. Special reports have been designed so that districts can filter and sort students according to the demographic categories outlined in NCLB—or by custom filters that districts can set up on their own.

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Question: Does SAM use industry-standard technology?

Answer:
Yes, SAM uses industry-standard technologies and platforms, such as MySQL, JBoss, XML, and J2EE.

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Question: Can SAM be purchased separately?

Answer:
No. SAM is a technology management platform that works in coordination with the Enterprise Edition of Scholastic's technology-based reading programs including: READ 180, ReadAbout, SRC!, and SRI.

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Question: Can I import data from our district's Student Information System (SIS)?

Answer:
SAM makes it easy to import and export data from your current Student Information System (SIS). If you're using additional learning management systems, you can also import and export data to and from SAM. Through SAM, student data can be transferred to your data warehouse or other student management applications to address data aggregation and reporting needs.

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Question: What data points can be exported from SAM into .csv format?

Answer:
Each SAM-based program (READ 180, System 44, SRI, SRC!, rSkills, ReadAbout, Fastt Math, etc.) has its own specific fields that are available for export. To see the exported fields for each program, please reference the Scholastic Enterprise Data Dictionary.

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Question: Does it take a long time to learn how to use SAM?

Answer:
No, SAM is easy to use. An intuitive interface helps teachers and administrators manage enrollment and class rosters, run reports, and access resources for differentiating instruction. Certain step-by-step wizards are built into SAM to simplify the performance of more complex tasks, such as importing and exporting data to other Student Information Systems (SIS), data warehouses, or the district data aggregation server.

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Question: Will SAM run on our district's Wide-Area Network (WAN)?

Answer:
Yes. Programs powered by SAM are WAN-ready. That means they are capable of being centrally hosted and running well across the WAN. However, performance varies greatly depending on a district's network infrastructure and the bandwidth of the network connection. We recommend a minimum of 100kbps per active workstation for best performance.

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