PCI Education announces the launch of Momentum Math® Grade Level Editions, a targeted mathematics intervention solution for students in grades 6–8. The program is designed to engage all learners, including students with special needs and English language learners, who have given up on math because they have fallen behind. Through a series of visually engaging lessons, Momentum Math helps students master the concepts, procedures and language that are the foundation for higher mathematics, including algebra.
Intended for students two or more years below grade level in math, Momentum Math builds conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and problem solving through lessons that follow research-based, scaffolded pedagogy. Once students understand a topic and achieve fluency in the related procedure, application lessons help students see the relevance of the math they have learned, and provide an opportunity for assessment of key concepts and skills.
To engage students, Momentum Math uses a graphic format with character guides to accompany students through the math lessons. The characters model example problems, present mathematical concepts, and share effective strategies with students. In addition, Momentum Math is built around a metaphor that appeals to adolescents – driving a car.
The program presents concepts through multiple representations and includes teaching suggestions for key vocabulary to support English language learners, and hands-on activities to help teachers adapt lessons for students with special needs.
Also included is a wide range of assessment, data analysis and reporting tools. Educators administer pretests to gather information about students’ strengths and weaknesses, implement engaging, short lessons to improve specific math skills, and follow-up with a posttest to verify students have mastered targeted skills.
Computer-based assessments powered by ExamView® also help teachers target instruction based on a student’s area of need. The ExamView Assessement Suite allows teachers to manage students’ instructional paths with the ExamView Test Manager. Students can take the Momentum Math assessments directly on the computer, or teachers can print them and scan the results to the classroom computer through the ExamView Test Player.