3 Districts Deploy Differentiated Math Tutoring System


Three large school districts in the United States this semester have deployed Apangea Learning's SmartHelp as a part of their math intervention and remediation programs: District of Columbia Public Schools (Washington, DC), Atlanta Public Schools, and Chicago Public Schools.

SmartHelp is a tutoring solution designed to act as a complement to differentiated instruction. The Web-based system provides a "multi-tiered escalation model that integrates its intelligent tutoring system and live one-on-one human tutors." The system is aligned with NCTM and state math standards.

In Washington, the district's Differentiated Learning Division will use SmartHelp as part of an extended education program called the "21st Century Community Learning Center" to help boost student math proficiency. The program operates in 11 sites and provides after school programming in academics, arts, and other areas to complement school-based learning and provide enriched academics for students attending "low-performing" schools.

In Atlanta, SmartHelp will be used primarily in middle schools for a program involving 1,600 students to help struggling learners master math fundamentals and move on to more advanced mathematical concepts.

And in Chicago, SmartHelp will be used initially for sixth-grade students to be used in the regular curriculum to provide differentiated learning. It's being implemented this month and is expected to be expanded further into the middle grades following the initial deployment.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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