Schools in Six States Adopt MathScore
01.08.2007—Schools in six states have begun implementing MathScore as a tool to help improve math proficiency, according to Accurate Learning Systems Corp. (ALSC), the company behind MathScore. ALSC says that school districts, charter schools and distance learning programs in Texas, California, Florida, Minnesota, Washington and Michigan have adopted the online program.
According to a document released last week by ALSC, fifth-grade students in Sunnyvale, Calif., tested the MathScore back in 2005 in preparation in preparation for the California Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR). "After logging into MathScore once a week for 50 minutes, this class of fifth graders outscored the other fifth grade classes in the school by 50 percent on the 2005 STAR test." And the overall percentage of students achieving a rating of "proficient" in the STAR test at Bishop Elementary in Sunnyvale rose in 2006 to 50 percent, up from 45 percent in the previous two years.
"After the success students experienced with MathScore at Bishop, all of our schools were eager to gain access," said Claire Castagna, assistant superintendent of the Sunnyvale School District, in a prepared statement. "We have students logging on during weekends and after school to work on math tailored to their individual levels. We're very excited about the potential for mastery of skills as well as for acceleration."
MathScore provides individual accounts to students, who can log in and race against time to complete a set of problems generated by the program and tailored to their skill levels. By the end of the year, according to the company, a student "will have completed more than 10,000 math problems, with every problem bringing them a step closer to proficiency."
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