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.


Economic ROI

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.

Demonstrated Outcomes

  • 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

Research Citations

NAEP Evaluation of 2013 Progress in Grades 4 and 8. Download PDF file

NAEP Evaluation of 2013 Progress in Grades 4 and 8.
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This NAEP report examines math and reading  progress at grades 4 and 8.

Ranking of Top Countries in Reading, Science, and Math. Go to the Web page

Ranking of Top Countries in Reading, Science, and Math.
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Business Insider’s Ranking of Top Countries in Reading, Science, and Math.

Globally Challenged: Each State's International Standing in Math and Reading. Download the PDF file

Globally Challenged: Each State's International Standing in Math and Reading.
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Harvard’s report: Globally Challenged: Each State's International Standing in Math and Reading.


DLA Math Initiative Template

Math Improvement K-12 Template Download the PDF file

Math Improvement K-12 Template
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DLA Endorsed Bill Templates

Math Literacy Bill Template Download the PDF file

Math Literacy Bill Template
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Math Literacy Bill Template Download the PDF file

Math Literacy Bill Template
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Sample Solutions

Click on the documents below the company logos to view presentations of their solutions

Curriculum Associates i-Ready Overview Download PDF file

Curriculum Associates i-Ready Overview
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Essential Skills: Providing Building Blocks Download PDF file  

Essential Skills: Providing Building Blocks
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ALEKS Online Math Solutions for Grades 3–12 Download PDF file

ALEKS Online Math Solutions for Grades 3–12
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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:

Public Education

Proficiency Improvements:

  1. Science
  2. Social Studies
  3. Dual Immersion
  4. Special Needs

  1. Low-Performing
  2. Comprehensive

Higher Education

  1. Remedial Education
  2. Graduation Rates
  3. Student Debt Burden
  4. Employment Opportunities

Workforce Development

  1. Economic Growth Modeling

Spanning Every Educational Level

  1. Assessment and Accountability
  2. Student Information Systems
  3. Online Learning, 24/7/365
  4. Broadband Connectivity
  5. Special Education