Intensive Summer Program Results in 78% of Students Passing Georgia’s State Test

A number of 8th grade students at Malcom Bridge Middle School failed the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and were at-risk for of not being permitted to move to 9th grade. After a one-month intensive summer school program using Think Through Math this group went from 0% to 78% passing.

Oconee see success with Think Through math

The Problem

Malcom Bridge Middle School identifi ed a group of 8th grade students who failed the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and as a result, were at risk of not being permitted to move on to the 9th grade.

The Solution

Malcom Bridge Middle School utilized Think Through Math as a core component to its Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) summer school program.

The Result

78% of students passed the CRCT after using Think Through Math during this one-month intensive summer school program.

The Story

Malcom Bridge Middle School identified a group of 8th grade students, including some with learning disabilities, who failed the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) and as a result, were at risk of not being permitted to move on to the 9th grade. These at-risk students were required to attend mandatory summer school to provide them one final chance to not only pass the CRCT, but to also attend 9th grade this fall. Malcom Bridge Middle School utilized Think Through Math as a core component of its CRCT summer school program.

Think Through Math’s learning pathways were specifically customized to prepare these at-risk students to pass the 8th grade CRCT in a month’s time. According to Jamie Parker, a teacher at Malcom Bridge Middle School, “Word problems are tough; tough for anybody to do, let alone a middle schooler who already doesn’t feel good about them self, has low self-esteem, and has never been successful at math. Fortunately, Think Through Math is user-friendly and makes these word problems less intimidating.”

Parker also likes how Think Through Math problems prepare students for the CRCT. “Think Through Math is very clear. It’s step-by-step and it won’t let the students skip those steps. Students can’t get to the answer without putting in some time and some work to it. I love the way that the students actually have to click on the words and drag them down to identify their variables or goal sentence, allowing them to find their own success along the way.”

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