Math Improvements K-12
According to the 2013 NAEP report (the nation’s report card), only modest gains were made over 2011 math achievements; 8th grade proficiency increased from 26% to 27%, while 4th grade proficiency stayed constant at 34%. Proficiency rates among fourth graders show that black and Hispanic students continue to lag significantly behind white and Asian/Pacific Islander populations. Further, in 2013 PISA reported that the United States had slipped from 25th to 31st in math rankings in just one year. This is especially problematic when taking a recent Harvard study into consideration, which estimates that $1 trillion of GDP could be added every year simply by increasing math proficiency.
A study by UC Irvine distinguished Professor of Education Greg Duncan showed that children with persistent math problems in elementary school were 13 percentage points less likely to graduate from high school and 29 percentage points less likely to attend college.
According to The National Math and Science Initiative, only 44% of 2013 U.S. high school graduates are ready for college-level math. The United States is losing its competitive edge in math and science while the rest of the world is accelerating. Our knowledge capital, which fuels innovation and economic growth, is at risk.
DLA Proposed Solution
Solutions encompass comprehensive, computer-based programs that provide a complete mathematics curriculum for K-12 learners, covering crucial skills like mathematic foundations, college math readiness, and state assessment. Starting with the basics, one solution can adapt automatically to each student’s learning experience, focused on his or her exact needs. On-demand reporting gives teachers more insight into the learning process through in-depth analysis of a single student or a snapshot of the entire class. Other possibilities are an online platform which individualizes the learning process and utilizes artificial intelligence to guide students through their personalized learning path, based on topics they are most ready to learn. Diagnostic Assessment can pinpoint student needs down to the sub-skill level by using a sophisticated adaptive assessment and then automatically place them into online instruction customized to their level. Also, solutions can be accessed from any device. Educators are then able to personalize learning plans, and students are challenged at their individual level. Students get predictive analytics to automatically self-pace them, and struggling students get the remediation they need.
- Students master topics more than 90% of the time
- Users of one program had on average 25%-42% more students that were proficient than non-users
- Eliminates frustration and boredom by guiding students through their personalized learning path based on topics they are most ready to learn
- One middle school increased their math scores by 30 points in one year by using one solution
- One program successfully predicted proficiency on the New York State Assessment for 85% of students
This NAEP report examines math and reading progress at grades 4 and 8.
Business Insider’s Ranking of Top Countries in Reading, Science, and Math.
Harvard’s report: Globally Challenged: Each State's International Standing in Math and Reading.
DLA Math Initiative Template
DLA Endorsed Bill Templates
Click on the documents below the company logos to view presentations of their solutions
Additional Issues Under Review
Digital Learning Alliance has identified several additional issues. As we add member companies who have a solution that serves the issue, we will update our information. Those additional areas under review include:
- Social Studies
- Dual Immersion
- Special Needs
- Remedial Education
- Graduation Rates
- Student Debt Burden
- Employment Opportunities
- Economic Growth Modeling
Spanning Every Educational Level
- Assessment and Accountability
- Student Information Systems
- Online Learning, 24/7/365
- Broadband Connectivity
- Special Education
Click any issue below for the details of the current DLA National Legislative Platform
- Math Improvements K-12
- STEM Shortages
- Dropout Prevention and Recovery
- College Readiness
- Cost of Higher Education
- Student Records
- Blended Learning Management Systems
- Workforce Alignment and SLDS (State Longitudinal Data Systems)
- English Language Learners
- Literacy Improvements K-12
- Bullying, Violence and Safety
- Professional Development
- Parent Engagement
- Student Data and Privacy