Announcing the 2020 Gold Medal Honorees
Announcing the 2020 Gold Medal Honorees
30 GOLD MEDAL SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS
2020 has been a year like no other with the shift to distance learning. During this unusually trying time, we have heard countless ways in which schools have continued with remote virtual math learning using Ascend Math. We are so thankful for our Gold Medal schools, what they are doing to support their students and the ways they have shared their distance learning models to help other educators learn best practices. The over 4,400 students in our 31 Gold Medal schools had an average post test gain of 55% this year! Most students gained from 1 to 4 levels in Ascend Math! Each Gold Medal school implements Ascend Math in their own unique way and yet all schools achieved great success in fulfilling their bold goals. Continue reading to find out what success looks like to our Gold Medal schools.
Bergman High School
Bergman High School adopted Ascend Math to increase their students' math grade level and prepare them for their lives after graduation. 25% of students completed 2 or more grade levels. Over 35% of students increased by 1 grade level.
Black River Falls Middle School
Black River Falls Middle School uses Ascend Math with their intervention students to close gaps to grade level and beyond. Over 30% of students have completed one or more grade levels.
Circle of Seasons Charter School
Circle of Seasons Charter School uses Ascend for MTSS support and reinforcing new material being covered in the classroom. Ascend has given their students a different way of solving math problems and build foundational skills that were not strongly in place prior to using the application.
Delta Middle School
Delta Middle School uses Ascend Math to help close the gap academically for their students. Their goal is that each student would make significant strides in their math ability and confidence to complete math concepts.
Falmouth Middle School
Falmouth Middle School uses Ascend Math as part of their Math Tier 3 program to address weaknesses and gaps for students performing at 1 year or greater below grade level.
Greenbrier Public Schools
Greenbrier Public Schools’ goal was to take each of their Special Education students closer to their grade level math skills. The average growth for students post test vs pre test is between 25-30%.
As a Charter School, Huston Academy has students that have not been successful in other schools. Ascend is a tool implemented with all students to help them fill in their math gap skills they have from previous years. Students are starting to see their mistakes and misunderstandings they have in some of the lower level skills are having an impact when working on their school work and STAAR Benchmarks. Students now see the connection when comparing the mistakes on the benchmark with the lessons they are working on in Ascend.
Impact Academy-Resource uses Ascend for bridging the gaps in students' learning, additional assignments on a concept, and special education modifications. I have seen tremendous leaps in students learning the concepts. Their gaps have closed by 2 to 3 levels.
Johnsburg Elementary School
Johnsburg Elementary found their students needed an intervention program to fill substantial gaps in their basic concepts and computations.They have been using Ascend Math for 3 years and love seeing their students fill in their gaps and discrepancies.
Marietta Middle School
Marietta Middle School primarily uses Ascend Math as an intervention program for their students receiving Tier 2 and Tier 3 instruction. Their advanced students also have the option of using Ascend Math for additional Algebra support. Currently, 209 students have grown by one or more grade levels!
Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
Dr. Tamara Edwards
Ascend Math is used with special education students at Marietta Sixth Grade Academy. Teacher buy-in continues to be high as they see the success their students are having. 74% of students using Ascend Math made growth from the fall to winter MAP administration. Of those students, 87% met their MAP projection for the winter administration.
Newman International Academy of Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
--------- Cody Bergquist
Our objective is to offer the students an opportunity to advance in math at their own pace, based on their English language ability. The scope and sequence of the program works perfectly for our situation because it ensures the students truly learn at their pace. As this school is one of any English schools open abroad, it was imperative that we use a program like Ascend Math It would not only improve the students' English AND math skills, but it would allow the students to start at their level and work at their own pace.
Pleasant Hill Academy
Pleasant Hill Academy faced challenges with students working at different grade levels. Ascend has given me the opportunity to see where students really are and help them learn at their pace instead of holding an entire classroom back. It has helped students reach their goals in a much more tangible workspace.
Project Reclaim of Minden, Inc.
The objective of our implementation of Ascend Math within Project Reclaim is to help bolster the math skills of our participants by providing them with a component designed to do just that. As Louisiana generally has woeful math test scores amongst the student population, this is indeed a very integral part of our afterschool programming.
The Columbus School
Ascend is used for RTI at The Columbus School. They also implement Ascend with their gifted students to provide them with more of a challenge. Students achieved an average gain of 52% post test vs. pre test.
Five Points Elementary
Five Points Elementary implements Ascend Math with their Special Education students. All of Mr. Gorski's students began Ascend Math below grade level. By mid April, 30% of Mr. Gorski's had advanced to working on grade level math.
Chris Jespersen Primary School
San Luis Obispo, CA
Chris Jespersen implemented Ascend Math to address the challenges of the special needs students lack of interest in math. Their students had an average gain of 47%.
Grant Community HS
Fox Lake, il
Ascend addresses personalized instruction for the special education students at Grant Community High School. It provides students with concepts important to furthering their math readiness. Ms. Cameron's students had an average gain of 60%!
Greenville Middle School
--------- Shemika Jones
Ascend Math has been very helpful with intervention for students in connections classes at Greenville Middle School. Over 120 students have completed a level this year. Students enjoy connections and are focused on mastering the requirements set by their teacher.
Hoosier Academy & Insight School of Indiana
Hoosier Academies utilizes Ascend Math in both a virtual and classroom setting. Students work in Ascend at least 3 times a week to fill in their math gaps and help them perform at or above grade level. Over 56% of their students have completed 2 or more levels this school year!
Mountain Heights Academy
West Jordan, UT
Mountain Heights implements Ascend Math with students that have previously failed math classes. They have seen these students become successful in Ascend Math and begin to pass their math classes. Over 66% of students have completed more than one grade level with 28% completing 2 or more levels.
McCulloch Jr High
Our emphasis this year was to utilize Ascend Math with our students who were significantly below grade level and those students who are already performing at a higher level. We are most excited by the growth we see in our high achieving students. Typically, we have low growth with that category but this year looked very promising with almost 60% of those kids growing one level or more.
Woodlawn Community Academy
Muriel De Vore
Woodlawn Community Academy uses Ascend with students that are typically on a modified curriculum, all working below their grade level. Ascend allows them the ability to attend class together and still work on their own level. The videos and review sheets are tools the students depend on. Half of their students have completed one or more grade levels.
Randolph Elementary School
Ascend Math serves many purposes at Randolph Elementary. Our initial implementation objective was to target our Tier III students with deficits in math. Each student actively uses Ascend weekly. Since all students have access to Ascend, our implementation objective is now to increase mathematical achievement in all students, regardless of ability.
Maple River Secondary School
Ascend Math is used in the special education math classes to allow students to focus on their individual remediation skills. Almost 50% of students have completed one or more levels in Ascend Math.
Seneca Highlands IU9
Ascend Math is used at Oswayo Valley with their special education students as a supplement to the regular education programs and to prepare students for the state assessment tests as remediation.
Crosby Middle School
Crosby Middle School uses Ascend Math for students who have been identified through state testing data to be multiple grade levels below their peers and in their RTI program.
Sheridan Hills Christian School
Sheridan Hills Christian School’s implementation objective is remediation. Their goal is to fill in students' math gaps. Students have verbally stated how much better they feel towards math and their STAR test results reflect this.
Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Academy is a specialized private school with a wide range of exceptionalities. Ascend Math is used with their special education students to close gaps in learning, increase students' independent practice and parent involvement. Over 35% of students have increased their grade level by one or more levels this year.
Ascend Math has been used in our special education department for the past 5 years. It is something that we use to help bridge the gap between where our students are and grade level. Families also love the program. We can assign a number of minutes for students to work at home and parents have mentioned how easy it is to monitor and login.