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Profiles in Success: Math Accessibility Increases Confidence in ELL Students 

Jere Whitson Elementary in TN makes their curriculum engaging and accessible with ST Math.

By Ieva Galinyte January 25, 2018

Jere Whitson Elementary is one of twenty schools at Putnam County School District in Tennessee, but it's the only school serving a largely low-income, highly transient population with many English language learners. 

With all of these factors in mind, Jere Whitson's educators knew they needed something to support their math curriculum and make it accessible for all students, regardless of language ability or skill level.

They brought in ST Math in fall of 2016, and with consistent implementation they've seen huge leaps in student engagement, perseverance and problem solving ability.

“I’ve never seen kids so confidently express what they’re doing as when they’re using ST Math. We’ve used other computer programs in our school, and often times they’ll just look at you when you ask a question. But when it’s ST Math, they’re the ones creating the story.” 

—Thomas Fuhrman, Principal, Jere Whitson Elementary

Jere Whitson's teachers see their students' confidence shine with ST Math along with their NWEA growth scores, which show first graders improving by 23.1 points from spring of 2016 to 2017. 

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Ieva Galinyte is an engagement assistant at MIND Research Institute. She enjoys writing about and keeping up with the latest trends in math education.

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