Elementary school students show 34% improvement in math scores
December 2016 – Reassuring results come at a good time for teachers as PISA and TIMSS suggest a steady decline in mathematics across the country. A recent research report has found Matific, a new mathematics resource that is aligned to U.S. curricula, helped increase students’ math test results by 34%.
The TIMSS study highlighted that 4th-grade students in the United States performance has not improved over previous years. More concerning still are the December 2016 PISA assessments indicated a decline in mathematics literacy for U.S. students.
“Students are unable to successfully make the transition from elementary school to high school mathematics and the reason for this can be attributed to a shallow understanding of the fundamentals and an over-reliance on rote learning,” said Brent Hughes, Education Expert at Matific. “As a nation, we are disengaging with mathematics, and it all begins in primary school.”
Associate Professor Catherine Attard, from Western Sydney University, recently completed a study, which involved working with over 450 students to understand the effect Matific could have on math learning and engagement in elementary schools.
When comparing pre-trial and post-trial tests, there was an average improvement of 34% in results. According to Attard, one reason for the improvement is the fact that while Matific is an educational tool, kids found the game based activities a fun and engaging way to learn math.
“We found that the students engaged in the trial knew they were learning math, but because they found the games were fun, they actively wanted to continue playing them and learn more. This is significant as it helps children have a more positive experience,” said Associate Professor Attard.
PISA and TIMSS assessments found that not only did students in the U.S. perform poorly in relation to answering fundamental math calculations but their ability to problem solve has continued to slide over the past decade. Matific’s approach focuses on interactive activities, each of which, allows children to immerse themselves into the fun world of math, all while learning new skills and receiving instant feedback to help them further develop their conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills in mathematics.
Matific also aims to relieve the feeling of anxiety, tension and dread that so many kids feel during math exams or class time and give parents the confidence to know their child is genuinely enjoying the learning process and taking on board new skills when it comes to math.
“Our goal is to change the way children view mathematics. By helping them see math in a positive way, we will begin to see this trend reverse,” said Mr. Hughes.
Matific is available across multiple platforms including desktop computers and tablets and can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
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Matific is an award-winning, global product that provides e-learning mathematics tools to primary schools.
Matific takes a unique approach to teaching K to 6 math using hands-on and interactive mini-games, called episodes. These immersive bite-sized apps for tablets and personal computers are based on a modular and progressive spiral learning system. The extensive portfolio of activities and worksheets are entirely curriculum-driven. The richly indexed activities and worksheets were developed to facilitate mapping onto popular textbooks and standard math curricula easily. The system also features an intuitive reporting system that monitors progress and provides real-time and periodic status reports at both the class and student level.