Personalized Learning

New Classrooms' Interactive Math Expands to 10 States

New Classrooms, a nonprofit geared toward personalizing education in schools, is expanding its “Teach to One: Math” model to 13,000 students at 40 schools in 10 states and the District of Columbia this fall. The expansion represents more than 40 percent annual growth, according to a news release.

For the first time, the middle school math learning model will be used in both public and private high schools to help students who are behind prepare for algebra.

“More schools are seeing the value of personalized learning as key to student acceleration,” said New Classrooms CEO Joel Rose in a prepared statement. “We’re privileged to be working with and learning alongside our partner schools to best support their unique school communities.”

According to New Classrooms, Teach to One (TTO) modernizes the predominant, century-old model of one teacher to 25 or more students teaching from one textbook to a personalized learning experience for every student. In a TTO center, students and teachers receive customized daily schedules that ensure each student is learning the right math lesson, at the right time and in the appropriate way, the company states. The model provides teachers with a curated bank of learning resources that match students’ skill levels and address knowledge gaps. It assigns each student to one of nine instructional approaches, called modalities, daily based on the previous day’s assessment.

This new model of personalization helps address an important problem, according to New Classrooms: Almost two-thirds of American eighth graders are off track in math when they enter high school. These students have a less than 20 percent chance of graduating high school ready for college, according to a 2012 ACT research report.

To learn more about New Classrooms and its TTO model, visit the company’s website.

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Richard Chang is associate editor of THE Journal. He can be reached at [email protected].