Every student is unique, with different instructional gaps at different levels. Typically, students are instructed according to grade level and with an assumption they have mastered all the preceding building blocks necessary for grade-level math instruction. But this is often not the case. It is imperative that an effective intervention provide a tiered model for…

Read MoreThere is widespread agreement among education researchers and experts that universal screening is central to an effective RTI program. Implemented as part of a Tier 1 Intervention, universal screening identifies current or potential academic deficits for every student. Issues with Single-Stage Screening Universal screening instruments may include Curriculum-Based Measures (CBMs) such as regular classroom tests,…

Read MoreResearchers agree that a tiered system of intervention is critical to an effective RTI model. The tiered design includes three, increasingly intensive, levels of intervention depending on a student’s needs and ability to successfully respond to a customized learning plan. Tier 1, Level 1, or Primary Intervention is, in essence, regular instruction delivered in the…

Read MoreWhen my husband, Kevin, and I founded Ascend Math back in 2007, it was with the goal of helping to give all kids the gift of math literacy, especially those who may have fallen through the cracks. What we’ve received in return since then has been satisfying proof that Ascend is having a real-world impact…

Read MoreHere are a couple of Olympic Math Events to try in your classroom. Try introducing this concept to students working to understand that each circle is 360°.Two-time Gold Medal Olympian Shaun White landed the best halfpipe run of his career at the U.S. Grand Prix of Snowmass. On the first jump he performed a 1440,…

Read MoreI just read an interesting article from Education Week, “Study: Give Weak Teachers Good Lesson Plans instead of Professional Development.” The study found that the use of inquiry based lesson plans had an effect on learning “about the same as moving from an average-performing teacher to one at the 80th percentile.” I might take some…

Read MoreI wish you a wonderful and safe holiday break. Students have been progressing well in Ascend Math this year and are enjoying the reward of Base Camp. Ascend Math Base Camp is a virtual world with fun games and activities available to students as they progress through objectives and levels. So, we created a special…

Read MoreAscend Education announced today the addition of a Teacher Dashboard to its Ascend Math intensive math intervention product. The Ascend Math Dashboard puts the most valuable information on class progress in Ascend Math all in one place for teachers to view including: Total class objectives completed. Total hours the class has worked. Number of active…

Read MoreThis year, Ascend Math is honoring 23 Gold Medalist schools whose math intervention efforts have brought about a turnaround at their schools. The Ascend Math Gold Medal Award was established in 2010 to honor the schools or districts that best demonstrate a dedication to ensuring that all students become successful at math. The Gold Medal…

Read MoreThere’s still plenty of time to enter the Create Your Own Math Exploration Contest from Ascend Math. Ascend Education is giving educators and their students a chance to come up with their own ideas for online explorations for any math objective grade 3-Algebra II. The educator submitting the exploration voted best will receive a $500 cash…

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