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Frequently Asked Questions

For Teachers

What is eSpark?

eSpark is an engaging, online supplemental curriculum resource that differentiates K-5 math and reading instruction at each student’s level. With eSpark, teachers can assign pre-built, leveled resources to easily target specific standards and skills. Students can also learn at their own pace on their personalized, adaptive pathways. 

Can I try eSpark in my classroom?

Yes! Teachers can sign up for a free account of eSpark here.

What's the difference between eSpark Lite and eSpark Premium?

eSpark Premium includes unlimited Small Group Skills lessons, full access to our progress and activity monitoring, suggested lessons for remediation and intervention, and many other features proven to save teachers time and support stronger student growth. Premium memberships are available at the partial school, whole school, and district levels. You can find a full feature comparison and more here.

Can I buy eSpark for my classroom?

Only school or district administrators can purchase eSpark Premium memberships for their building(s) at this time. We'd be happy to connect to help your school get started! Learn more about your options for bringing eSpark Premium to your school here.

What devices does eSpark work on?

eSpark works on all classroom devices with an internet connection including iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, and desktops. Students access eSpark by going to espark.app on the browser on their device.

What does eSpark look like in a classroom?

eSpark can be used in a variety of classroom models. Most commonly, we see eSpark used as a center — students work independently while teachers meet with a separate small group. eSpark is versatile enough to complement any combination of core and supplemental instructional resources and can be used for enrichment, intervention, and acceleration as needed.

How will I know how my students are doing in eSpark?

Teachers have access to a dashboard containing information on what your students are working on and what they’ve accomplished in eSpark. Teachers also receive weekly emails with progress data and suggestions for small groups.

How does eSpark support English Language Learners?

eSpark has been recognized by WestEd and the NewSchools venture fund as a valuable resource for ELL students. All content is scaffolded in alignment with WIDA's English Language Development standards, including audio support, interactive visuals, graphic organizers, explicit vocabulary instruction, and much more! See more examples and read a testimonial from an eSpark district with a high ELL population here.

For Administrators

How does eSpark diagnose learning needs?

In order to set students on differentiated paths, eSpark gives students a placement quiz to diagnose their unique needs. For some districts, we’re able to import your existing assessment data—such as NWEA MAP Growth or STAR—to diagnose needs. Learn more here. 

Which standards are eSpark’s curriculum aligned with?

eSpark’s apps, videos, games, activities, and critical thinking assessments are closely aligned with state standards throughout the country, including Common Core, TEKS, VA SOL, FL BEST, Arizona Academic Standards, and many more. We would be happy to provide a crosswalk specific to your state upon request—simply click the blue chat icon at the bottom of your screen to get the conversation started!

Is eSpark's curriculum research-based?

Yes! eSpark’s Theory of Learning is grounded in seven research-based elements – teaching practices or design elements – that are directly linked to student learning outcomes. Digital Promise awarded eSpark their Research-Based Design Product Certification, confirming a link between research on how students learn and the product’s design.

How long can my teachers try eSpark for free?

When teachers in your school sign up for eSpark, they get a 30-day trial of eSpark Premium before being downgraded to eSpark Lite. Teachers using eSpark Lite still get the full benefit of our independent, adaptive learning pathways, but do not have access to Small Group Skills, reports, or our proactive intervention recommendations. That's where you come in: eSpark Premium is less expensive than other, similarly scoped supplemental curriculum resources, and it will provide a powerful boost to your learning environment with engagement you can feel and results you can see.

How can I purchase eSpark for my building or district?

To get a quote for your building or district, get started by selecting an eSpark plan.

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