16 U.S. Schools Win Coveted Finalist Spots in “March Math Madness” National Contest

2.5 Million U.S. Students Compete for School Math Championship

Pittsburgh, PA (March 16, 2016) —— Think Through Learning, authors of Think Through Math (TTM), the award-winning web-based math instructional system for grades 3 and above, announced today the 16 finalist schools in its biggest contest of the year “March Math Madness,” or MX3.

As of March 1, more than 13,000 schools and more than 2.5 million students from around the nation have been competing in the bracket-style, MX3 contest. Schools have been vying for a THINK Nation regional finalist spot, which are awarded to four schools in each U.S. time zone (Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific) based on the average number of lessons passed. From now through the end of March, the finalist schools will compete head-to-head in elimination rounds until the top math school in the nation is left standing.

In the qualifying rounds, students across the country spent 2.2 million hours on the program and solved 208 million complex math problems. The top 16 schools include:
• Eastern Region: Fairlawn Elementary School, (St. Lucie County School District, Florida), Hobbton Middle School (Sampson County School District, North Carolina),
Our Lady of Wisdom Regional Catholic School (New York, NY) and PS 206 Joseph F. Lamb (K206, New York)
• Central Region: A.D. Harvey Elementary (Kingsville ISD, Texas), Sky Harbour Elementary (Southwest ISD, Texas), Bob Hope Elementary (Southwest ISD, Texas) and Kriewald Road Elementary (Southwest ISD, Texas).
• Mountain Region: White Pine Elementary School (Boise Independent District, Idaho), 
Sunburst Elementary School (Sunburst K-12 Schools, Montana), Sawtooth Elementary School (Twin Falls District, Idaho) and Columbia Elementary School (Davis School District, Utah).
• Pacific Region: Shorewood Elementary School (Highline Public Schools, Washington),
Montair Elementary School (San Ramon Valley Unified, Calif), Tassajara Elementary School (San Ramon Valley Unified, Calif) and Naches Trail Elementary School (Bethel School District 403, Washington).

“For the past decade, The Think Through Math ‘March Math Madness’ competition has generated a new kind of excitement for millions of students across the country, and each year we see more students participating and higher levels of achievement,” said Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Math. “The increased program usage specifically at this time of year also helps to thoroughly prepare students for success on the rigorous end of year assessments that are only a few weeks away.”

With over three million students in more than 180,000 classrooms across the country using Think Through Math, TTM is the fastest growing supplemental math program in the U.S. Customized for each state’s learning standards, Think Through Math’s lessons include a wide variety of interactive item types, ensuring students are well-prepared for the more sophisticated question types being used on state-level assessments. TTM’s unique intrinsic and extrinsic motivational strategies increase engagement and build self-esteem so students increase their time on task. Think Through Math has received numerous awards since its introduction and is expanding rapidly across the US.

About Think Through Learning & Think Through Math
Think Through Learning, a leader in education technology innovation, is transforming math education in schools throughout the United States. While particularly effective as a remedial or intervention program for struggling students, Think Through Math’s adaptive learning technology addresses the learning needs of ALL students, including students working at grade level, English Language Learners (ELL), those with advanced math aptitude, and students with learning disabilities.

Designed for grades 3 and above, Think Through Math is the only software system that integrates state-certified teachers who tutor struggling students live in order to improve their math understanding. Think Through Math ignites curiosity about math and helps students learn how to think mathematically. The 2014 and 2012 recipient of the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Mathematics Instruction Solution, Think Through Math is recognized as the fastest-growing supplemental math software. Since its launch in 2012, Think Through Math has become a critical part of the RTI, STEM, and 1-to-1 strategies of state education departments and thousands of districts and schools across the United States.