# Category Archives: Uncategorized

## Could you be a teacher in the 1880’s?

Could you be a teacher in the 1880’s? The math problem below was used as a test for new teachers at the Quasset school in the 1880’s. Three boys, A, B, and C went to Putnam (a nearby town) to sell … Continue reading

## Seventh Graders Achieve Outstanding Results on State Test

State test results for Crosby Middle School in Crosby, TX rose substantially for seventh grade students using Ascend Math® last year. In fact, they saw a 0% to 38% improvement in the pass rate for students with a history of not … Continue reading

## Groundbreaking study released: Which Math Skills Are Students Missing

Ascend Education announced today the release of a new study showing the frequency of math skill gaps found in U.S. students. Which math skill gaps are most common to students in a particular grade? What percentage of students identified for … Continue reading

## Do the Labor Day Math to see that more school pays!

Share these math problems with your math class this Labor Day week. The facts below come by way of the Economic Policy Institute through Forbes. $28,659: Median annual earning of a U.S. worker at least 25-years of age with a … Continue reading

## Intensive Intervention Pays Off for ELL Students

Congratulations to the students and educators at Carlin Springs Elementary, a largely Hispanic school with a high ELL population. Their third-grade students had a pass rate on the state’s standardized math test of 95 percent, a gain of 47 percentage … Continue reading

## Technology that works for Special Ed Students has side benefits

A recent article in Education Dive explores ways in which technology can make invisible the help that special education students receive compared to their general ed counterparts. “There’s some anecdotal evidence that the technology itself, with its multimedia presentation and … Continue reading

## Study Shows Wide Disparity in Student Intervention Needs

Soon, Ascend Education will release a study revealing the math skill gaps most prominent among students in need of intervention. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time this kind of important data will be made available … Continue reading

## In intervention, the Math “Grind” requires the right reward

In a past article on gamification I’ve written that “Interactive engagement, not entertainment, is at the core of a computer game’s ability to motivate. Finding ways to make math more interactive and more engaging is the key to making math software … Continue reading

## A Surprising All Star Math Problem

Since 2003, the winner of the All Star Game (National League or American League) has enjoyed home field advantage in the World Series. Last night, the American League won the All Star Game. So, the American League Championship team will … Continue reading

## Counting Fun

During the summer months we will be sharing fun math problems and activities for students of all ages. Here’s a challenging counting song from comic, Heywood Banks that can make a great singalong at summer school or camp.