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Increased Student Motivation Leads to Better Math Performance

How do you measure the positive effects of student engagement and motivation for learning? For this diverse, coastal school district in Mississippi, student engagement has made all the difference, particularly in math.   


Gulfport SD students posing with JiJi, the lovable penguin from ST Math.

In response to changing state standards, Gulfport School District knew they needed to bring a deeper level of conceptual understanding and critical thinking into their math classrooms. Their unique method involved the ST Math visual learning games

"We're really impressed by how engaged the students are ... students challenge themselves, set their own goals and push themselves to the next level."
—Lea Bellon, Director of Instructional Programs, Gulfport School District

Gulfport saw what student engagement could do. Their students performed 15.5% better in reaching the top levels of math proficiency, as compared to other students not using ST Math (taken from a three-year study including all elementary schools in the district).

Click below to learn more about how Gulfport School District helped students get excited about mathematical problem solving.

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Heera Kang

About the Author

Heera Kang was Manager of Engagement Content and Design at MIND Research Institute. Productive struggle, growth mindset and equity in education are some of her favorite topics.


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