Announcing the 2018 Gold Medal Honorees
Announcing the 2019 Gold Medal Honorees
29 GOLD MEDAL SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS
2019 marked a year of the strongest overall implementations we have seen to date. The 6,841 students in our 29 Gold Medal schools mastered 145,351 math objectives and worked 150,210 hours in Ascend Math. Most students gained from 1 to 4 grade levels in math. Each school’s implementation is unique and yet all have achieved tremendous strides toward fulfilling their ambitious goals. Success looks so different to each Gold Medal School. We want you to hear it in their words.
Armuchee Middle School
Armuchee Middle School implemented Ascend Math with their special education students. The design of the program keeps their students engaged as they move through lessons. “Ascend has allowed my small group of multi-age, multi-disability special needs students to pinpoint areas of instructional need while offering them skill level appropriate content.”
Atlantis Academy School
Palm Beach, FL
Many of the special education students at Atlantis Academy Palm Beaches have gaps in their learning and Ascend Math is a great intervention tool for this. “Ascend Math has been a terrific supplement to our math curriculum.”
Atlantis Academy School
Coral Springs, FL
Atlantis Academy is a school for students with special needs and learning disabilities that uses Ascend Math to supplement their regular math instruction. “The Ascend Math program works on the level that our students need, while maintaining fun and keeping up with math skills. Ascend allows all of our students to feel successful and work at a pace that they initiate. The rewards for completing levels provides the students with a drive and sense of accomplishment while making the objectives fun.”
Bergman High School
Jamie Wasson Jones
When implementing Ascend Math with their Special Education students, Bergman High School’s main objectives were to close skill gaps, provide individualized instruction and achieve grade level growth. After using Ascend Math their students have had a significant jump in grade level. 45% of students completed two grade levels and 9% completed 3 grade levels.
Cherry Hill, NJ
The mission of Brookfield Schools is to provide innovative, practical, and effective educational and therapeutic services for students with special emotional and behavioral needs and needed a means of assessing data in Math. Ascend Math provided just what they needed to assist with tracking students’ success and encouraging students to move throughout the program as expected.
Christian County Middle School
Christian County Middle School adopted Ascend Math in their Special Education Resource class. Teachers find students respond well since the program teaches on the true level of what the students know and understand.
Clear Creek High School
League City, TX
Clear Creek High School implemented an Ascend Math course designed to help their 9th grade students prepare for the Algebra 1 STAAR test. Time spent in Ascend Math has lead to very positive gains for my students. The average student growth is 2.24 years.
Connecting Waters Charter School
Connecting Waters Charter School is an independent study charter school. The educators at Connecting Waters adopted Ascend Math as one of their intensive intervention programs for their Tier 3 students. Connecting Waters adopted Ascend Math to foster each student’s goal of personalized learning.
Corpus Christi Montessori
Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi Montessori implemented Ascend Math with their 2nd through 8th grade students. Their goal was to increase abstract math knowledge and build self-esteem and confidence in math.
Fairfield West Elementary
Fairfield West Elementary School adopted Ascend Math as a math intervention program in order to improve their NWEA MAP and state test scores. As a result, Fairfield West’s 4th grade NWEA MAP assessment results revealed that students using Ascend Math showed positive performance on RIT (Ready for Instruction Today) scores. Their students’ average gain in Ascend was 47.1%.
George I Sanchez North
George I Sanchez Charter School uses Ascend Math to reteach and reinforce math concepts that students have previously struggled with in prior classes. This allows core math instructors to focus on their grade level content while at the same time ensuring that each individual student’s weaknesses are addressed. This approach has already shown positive results.
Griffin Middle School
Griffin Middle School teachers use Ascend Math as an RTI intervention for morning tutoring support and homework assignments. Within 6 months, several students achieved two or more grade level growth. Growth at Griffin Middle School has truly been evident. Students have spent a total of 8,145 hours on the program, resulting in a total of 6,570 objectives mastered.”
of Science and Technology
Educators at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology selected Ascend Math because it helps students build their understandings of basic math skills. Students at Hammond Academy use Ascend Math between 90 – 120 minutes every week. “Students are happy when they earn flags in Ascend while addressing their personalized learning path.”
Johnsburg Elementary School
For years, Johnsburg Elementary School educators were looking for a researched based math intervention to fill in math skill gaps. Ascend Math was implemented as a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Many of the students who were in the program last school year scored 2 levels above their level last year.”
Joseph Hess Elementary School
Joseph Hess Elementary School uses Ascend Math for their High Ability students as well as RTI. Ascend Math is incorporated into their math centers and their Math Club allows students to come to school early to work on the Ascend Math Program.
Kilgore Middle School
Kilgore Middle School uses Ascend Math as a Tier 2 Intervention, in which students are placed into Ascend through the RTI process. Their goal is to help each student grow at least one grade level. Educators at Kilgore are happy to report that over 80% of all students that used Ascend Math with fidelity grew one or more years according to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
Lakeview Middle School
Jodie Emerson and Joe Blackwood
Educators at Lakeview Middle School adopted Ascend Math as part of their Tier 1 and Tier 2 RTI process to address below grade level math skills and achievements. After using Ascend Math daily for 3 months, their percentage of students performing below grade level decreased significantly! In one class, 60% of students gained two grade levels or more and 20% gained four grade levels.
Lynn Black Elementary School
Lynn Black Elementary School uses Ascend Math as their school wide intervention program. Their objective is to bridge gaps, improve test readiness and build math foundations.
Major Hector P. Garcia High School
By using Ascend Math, teachers at Major Hector P. Garcia High School have been able to provide students with work tailored to their needs and math the students can understand. Students using Ascend Math have increased their understanding of mathematics.
Marietta Middle School
Marietta Middle School uses Ascend Math primarily as an intervention program. However, they have also seen great success with their Accelerated Magnet students. 82% of students using Ascend with fidelity (30 hours) met or exceeded expected growth projections on Winter MAP.
McCulloch Junior High School
McCulloch Junior High School received great results from their math intervention program this year after implementing Ascend Math school wide for 30 minutes a day. We have also seen a huge increase in NWEA scores since implementing Ascend Math daily in our classrooms.
Mercer School District
Ascend Math is the RTI program used by Mercer School District to close the achievement gaps in math for their 4th through 9th grade students. Students at Mercer have filled in many gaps and are excelling on the standardized test required by the state.
North Caddo High School
At North Caddo High School Ascend Math is used as an RTI tool for students who are lacking in the background necessary for mathematics courses at the high school level. Ascend Math has been instrumental in helping their ninth graders bridge achievement gaps that have been in existence since at least third grade. Math scores for an ACT practice test averaged 2.125 points above the projected ACT composite score, 75% of their students have improved at least 3 grade levels and at least 2 students have gained 4 grade levels.
Pike-Delta-York Middle School
Pike-Delta-York Middle School uses Ascend Math for enrichment and intervention for grades 5-8. Ascend Math has had a tremendous impact on the students’ achievement at Pike-Delta-York Middle School. Many students are closing the gap in their math skills, while extending the learning of others.
St. Barnabas Catholic School
St. Barnabas Catholic School implemented Ascend Math as their intervention program with their Tier 2 students. Students at St. Barnabas Catholic School have not only improved their grades and state test scores, but they have also gained confidence in their ability to meet math goals. During the 2018-19 school year, students completed 370 objectives with an average growth of 44.07%.
Stephen F Austin Elementary
The use of Ascend Math at Stephen F. Austin Elementary School in conjunction with mini lessons has allowed students to grow 1-3 grade levels in a short period of time.
Sweeny Junior High
Educators at Sweeny Junior High adopted Ascend for their students who did not pass the STAAR (state test) the previous year. These students are placed in a “Power-Up” class where the Ascend program is used to help them fill gaps. Two thirds of students completed one or more grade levels in their Power-Up class.
University View Academy
Baton Rouge, LA
University View Academy, a 100% virtual public school, stresses student engagement is a challenge since many middle and high schools students have limited supervision. Teachers found reports easy to track student progress and offer encouragement or remediation as needed. Within a month of using Ascend, students experienced level progression in their custom study plans with an average gain of nearly 52%.
Ware County Middle School
At Ware County Middle School Ascend math is being utilized for Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, and Tier 4 interventions. Students at War County have seen a 52% gain and 131 students have completed one or more levels in Ascend. Students liked being able to exempt mastered skills through the Pre-Tests and loved to see their progress as it unfolded.
Woodlawn Community Academy
Muriel De Vore
In addition to using Ascend Math to help their Special Education students fill learning gaps, Woodlawn Community Academy also uses the Ascend Math Screener to identify their students functioning grade level. “During the designated school wide math time it’s great how one math class can have students on different levels of math.