Adaptive Learning

Texas Extends Use of Adaptive Math Program

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has extended an agreement with a software provider to make a digital math resource available to all public and open-enrollment charter school students across the state through December of 2017.

The agency chose to extend state-wide access of Think Through Learning's Think Through Math (TTM) to five years following an existing relationship going back three years. Available to students in grade 3 math through algebra, Think Through Math is a Web-based system featuring adaptive instruction, a motivation system and access to state certified math teachers for students in need of tutoring.

Since its original adoption in202, students at 5,700 schools and 89 percent of the state's public schools have used the program. More than 1.6 million students have enrolled each year, completing almost 290 million problems and more than 10 million lessons. Just more than a third, 36 percent, of the state's TTM work takes place on the weekends.

"We are thrilled to be able to support Texas math teachers for the fourth and fifth years in a row," said Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Learning, in a prepared statement. "While the math performance in almost every other state declined in 2015, scores were up in Texas due to the resourcefulness of the state's dedicated math teachers. Being selected as the sole math provider is validation by teachers across the state as to the contribution TTM has made to their students' math proficiency. We are also honored that the TEA asked us to support their algebra students as well. We at TTM remain steadfast in our mission to make Think Through Math an even better resource for Texas in the coming school years."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].