Why True Individualization Matters

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…

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How Universal Screening Identifies At-Risk Students

There 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,…

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Blended Learning Success Video from Macon Schools

Beginning in 2014, Bibb County schools in Macon, Georgia began a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) utilizing Ascend Math in several schools including Howard Middle School. The students in the FLP were those most at risk of failing math. These students fell in the lowest 25 percentile. “Bibb’s FLP is designed to prescribe differentiated instruction in…

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Intensive Math Intervention Program Gets Even Better

We consistently ask the teachers and administrators at our Ascend Math partner schools to tell us how to make Ascend better so we can help students have more success. This has resulted in important improvements including adding interactivity to all video lessons, new conceptual lessons and virtual explorations, plus the dashboards for school, teacher, class…

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Three Rules for Providing Better Instructional Videos

A recent article from KQED News reported the value of using videos to teach math concepts.  Here is quote from that article: “Getting students excited and authentically curious about a math task takes more than presenting a word problem. Some teachers are finding that a short, high-interest video or other piece of media that raises…

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Common Mistakes Made in Math Intervention #4: Using Programs Not Well Designed for Intervention

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series on Common Mistakes Made in Math Intervention by guest blogger Jeff Hartman. Mistake 4: Using a Program Not Well Designed for Math Intervention Precision matters. The math software market is saturated with programs that provide practice problems for students behind grade level, and a select few…

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