Case Studies Demonstrate Effectiveness. From September 2011 to February 2013, over 8,000 students in 75 schools across 11 states used Conceptua Fractions. The students completed over 250,000 skills checks, and most of them have used Conceptua Fractions as a replacement curriculum. The case studies below demonstrate how these diverse schools and districts achieved impressive results.
In 2011, Mequon-Thiensville School District began mapping its curriculum to the Common Core State Standards and found that they needed to update their math resources, particularly in the subject of fractions. The district chose Conceptua Fractions to meet this need because its emphasis on visual models and the language of mathematics—both of which are central to the new standards. According to Eric Dimmitt, the district’s Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, “Conceptua Fractions helped us take the Common Core from the planning stage into the classroom. We are now teaching to these new standards.”
Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona has struggled for years with student performance in math. Four of the five middle schools and two of the elementary schools are currently labeled as “D” schools according to AZ Learns, Arizona’s accountability system. Low performance in mathematics is a significant factor contributing to this accountability rating. As a result, Sunnyside was looking for a new math curriculum, starting with the topic that students and teachers found most difficult and frustrating—fractions. They found what they were looking for in Conceptua Fractions, a digital fractions curriculum from Conceptua Math.
Manuel L. Isquierdo, Ed.D.
Through a mini-grant from the Elementary Mathematics Specialist and Teacher Leaders (EMS&TL) project, 146 students in grades 2-5 showed 50% growth in fractions after using Conceptua Fractions for just 5 weeks. According to Sorsha Mulroe, Pilot Leader, Conceptua Fractions "is the only technology to help teachers instruct visually with fractions. Conceptua Fractions fits the whole scheme: concrete representations, lots of practice with the visual, then numbers or abstract work.”
In a project at The Summit School, 100 students working below grade level made impressive gains in fractions. The average increase in achievement on fractions pre-and post-test was 24%. “Students with no foundation in fractions saw a lot of growth in their understanding of fractions and equivalent fractions,” says Sara Miller, 5th grade teacher.
5th grade teacher
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