A pilot program is seeing improved math proficiency with the TenMarks Program. Students master concepts through an interactive software program in middle school.
In Illinois, North Rockford, which launched the pilot, and East Rockford middle schools each serve approximately 900 students. However, a group of about 300 students, who are experiencing challenges with math, have been targeted for the TenMarks program to help them reach proficiency targets.
“TenMarks is an engaging, online targeted intervention for grades sixth through eighth that has been extremely successful,” said Lissa Weidenfeller, principal of North Rockford Middle School. “As a principal, it has been very rewarding to see a program making a difference and students starting to like math more.”
She said the premium version of the program is aligned with new math standards known as Common Core and provides student assessments and various teacher supports. All students have a differentiated curriculum, known as a playlist, which contains specifically designed remediation and enrichment topics. The playlist is generated automatically based on how the student performed on assessments and teacher insight. The software complements the lessons being taught by teachers.
In Wendy Hoisington and Eileen DeWildt’s class, students get one assignment and one personal playlist they are expected to complete during class.
“They are such a plugged in generation, I think giving them this technology as one piece of what we do is what makes it powerful,” said Hoisington, who added students can work at their own pace.
“Academically, I can see progress with the biggest changes in the areas of confidence and…in terms of their willingness to keep trying even when its hard for them.”
She said TenMarks is used with both general and special education students struggling with content and offers numerous support.
For example, students get a variety of questions to ensure they get a complete mastery of the topic they’re working on, plus hints when they get stuck, and even video lessons they can watch video lessons on each question.
Maddie Damuth, an eighth-grade Algebra student at North Rockford Middle, said she is much more confident about math since using TenMarks this school year.
“I used not be very good at math but the program makes math easier for me,” she said.
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