Maryland districts take math games seriously

Two Maryland school districts have implemented an adventure-style math game curriculum to bolster math competency for thousands of the state’s youngest students in kindergarten through third grade.

Maryland’s Carroll County and Howard County school districts are using DreamBox Learning K-3 Math for a variety of math-specific academic needs. Based on the program’s adaptive engine, which is designed to help students working above, below or at grade level, usage has ranged from reinforcement of core classroom math curriculum to pull-out math intervention, integration into math lab activities, and teaching after-school and summer-school programs.

“DreamBox Learning K-3 Math provides an ideal connection to our curriculum by reinforcing what the students are learning in the classroom,” said Donn Hicks, Supervisor of Elementary Education for the Carroll County School District. “Some of our high-performing students are using the program to further strengthen their number sense comprehension while others, who may be below grade level, have benefited from spending an extra 15-20 minutes working on foundational basics.” Carroll County uses DreamBox Learning K-3 Math to support students in kindergarten through second grade in 20 of the district’s 23 elementary schools.

In addition to Carroll County, DreamBox Learning K-3 Math is being used in Howard County elementary schools to supplement classroom instruction and to reinforce core math concepts, lessons and skills. The program allows the district’s schools to link classroom accounts to students’ family home computers, allowing them to access the DreamBox Learning K-3 Math at any time to work on math skills. Both teachers and parents are also able to track students’ classroom and home progress via the online DreamBox Learning dashboard.

“One of the many strengths of DreamBox Learning K-3 Math is its ability to adapt to the comprehension level of each student, and we’re seeing that play out not only in Maryland but in schools nationwide,“ said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, Chief Executive Officer for DreamBox Learning."From supporting core classroom curriculum to math intervention, DreamBox Learning K-3 Math puts every student first by delivering lessons that are shaped to that learner’s educational needs and moving them toward mastery of the subject.”

DreamBox Learning K-3 Math is a robust math program with a curriculum based on Common Core State Standards. The program is wrapped within an adventure-style game, providing a fun way for kids to learn math, and can individualize its instruction based on students’ understanding and fluency, as well as the correctness of their answers.