The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing gaps in U.S. students’ math achievement. According to the 2022 School Pulse Panel, 64% of public schools reported that the pandemic played a major role in students being behind grade level at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
The imperative is clear: schools must accelerate math learning to restore – and hopefully, exceed – pre-pandemic achievement levels.
State test performance or universal screeners may indicate that students are below grade level. The tempting "easy button" solution may be to place students on below-grade-level content.
But what about students who spend months on below-grade-level content? Will they somehow eventually catch up?
Does their lower math content knowledge mean that on-grade-level content is too hard for them, or that they can't persist and persevere through challenges?
Because many math programs deliver content in the form of drills or practice, the problem continues...students continue to be behind grade level and still don't have a conceptual understanding of math.
Memorizing math content as a checklist or set of skills is not how the brain actually learns. Our research shows there's a better way!
ST Math is an excellent tool for schools and districts looking to supercharge their math instruction, and is an ideal fit under the requirements for ESSER III funds.
To make the most of every school day, students must be excited and engaged. ST Math meets learners where they are - especially critical when students are at different levels. To accelerate learning with ST Math, students need two main things: to be kept on grade level and to be given time.
MIND Research Institute partnered with edWeb to host a webinar series. On-demand recordings are now available. Attendees receive CE certificates.
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