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, AR

Jamie Jones

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.

Bergman High School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Bergman High School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Black River Falls Middle School
Melrose, WI

Karen DeBerg

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.

Black River Falls Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Black River Fall Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Circle of Seasons Charter School
Foglesville, PA

Kristen Wolfe

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.

Circle of Seasons Charter School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Circle of Seasons Ascend Math Gold Medal

Delta Middle School
Delta, OH

Jon Mignin

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.

Pike-Delta-York Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Pike Delta York Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Falmouth Middle School
Falmouth, ME

Donna Albury

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.

Falmouth Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Falmouth Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Greenbrier Public Schools
Greenbrier, AR

Lisa Huffmaster

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%.

Greenbrier Public Schools Ascend Math Gold Medal

Greenbrier Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Huston Academy
Stephenville, tx

Paige Burrus

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.

Huston Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Huston Acadmey Ascend Math Gold Medal

Impact Academy-Resource
Indianapolis, IN

Ron Scurry

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.

Impact Academy-Resource Ascend Math Gold Medal

Impact Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Johnsburg Elementary School
Johnsburg, IL

Sherry Kegel

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.

Johnsburg Elementary School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Johnsburg Elementary Ascend Math Gold Medal

Marietta Middle School
Marietta, GA

Marcia Brunet
                        Mary Thurman

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 Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Marietta Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy
Marietta, GA

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.

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Marietta 6th Grade Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Newman International Academy of Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

                        Serena Nguyen
---------  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.

Newman International Academy of Vietnam Ascend Math Gold Medal

Newman Internation Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Pleasant Hill Academy
Kissimmee, FL

Jose Lopez

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.

Pleasant Hill Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Pleasant Hill Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Project Reclaim of Minden, Inc.
Minden, LA

Ronald Anderson

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.

Project Reclaim of Minden Inc. Ascend Math Gold Medal

Project Reclaim Ascend Math Gold Medal

The Columbus School
Envigado, Colombia

Tommy Meyer

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.

The Columbus School Ascend Math Gold Medal

The Columbus School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Five Points Elementary
Centerville, OH

Dennis Gorski

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.

Five Points Elementary Ascend Math Gold Medal

Chris Jespersen Primary School
San Luis Obispo, CA

Monica Carr

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%.

Chris Jespersen Primary School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Grant Community HS
Fox Lake, il

Sheila Cameron

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%!

Grant Community High School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Greenville Middle School
Greenville, GA

Venus Leonard
--------- 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.

Greenville Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Hoosier Academy & Insight School of Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

----------Carol Sepaniak

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!

Hoosier Academy-Insight School of Indiana Ascend Math Gold Medal

Mountain Heights Academy
West Jordan, UT

Sarah Weston

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.

Mountain Heights Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

McCulloch Jr High
Marion, IN

Tawny Wood
Paul Kurek

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.

McCulloch Junior High Ascend Math Gold Medal

Woodlawn Community Academy
Clearwater, FL

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.

Woodlawn Community Academy Ascend Math Gold Medal

Randolph Elementary School
Bibb, AL

Hollie Tillery

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.

Randolph Elementary School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Maple River Secondary School
Mapleton, MN

Jill Rollenhagen

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.

Maple River Secondary School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Seneca Highlands IU9
Shinglehouse, PA

Amy Metcalf

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.

Seneca Highlands IU9-Oswayo Valley Ascend Math Gold Medal

Crosby Middle School
Crosby, TX

Gerard Kwiatkowski

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.

Crosby Middle School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Sheridan Hills Christian School
Hollywood, FL

Maria Petersen

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.

Sheridan Hills Christian School Ascend Math Gold Medal

Atlantis Academy
Coral Springs, FL

Teresa Marrero

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.

Atlantis Academy - Coral Springs Ascend Math Gold Medal

Trevor-Wilmot
Trevor, WI

Nick Sustache

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.

Trevor-Wilmot Ascend Math Gold Medal