TALLAHASSEE, FL—Two perennial First In Math powerhouses, Manatee Bay Elementary and Indian Trace Elementary, earned a spot on the Florida Department of Education’s list of top-ranked schools in Broward County.
A blast from the past: Manatee Bay students were First In Math National Champions in 2013.
According to the February 12, 2016 release, Manatee Bay ranked #5 and Indian Trace ranked #9 among all Broward County schools in mathematics.
“These two schools have been nationally-ranked among the top 10 schools—all grades—in the First In Math program for years,” says Robert Sun, creator of the online mathematics supplement. “Congratulations to all of the students, teachers and administrators in Broward County who have long supported the First In Math program, and the quest for quality mathematics education.”
According to First In Math representative Mark Losey, these rankings are based on 5th-grade Florida Mathematics assessment scores, which are aligned to Common Core Standards.
During the 2014-15 school year, Manatee Bay 5th-graders averaged 11,724 stickers earned per student, equivalent to 35,170 math problems correctly-solved by each student. Indian Trace’s 3,538-sticker average among fifth-graders equals 10,614 correctly-solved problems per student.
“The type of steady practice that First In Math offers helps students master procedural skills and achieve the fluency essential to building a solid foundation in mathematics,” says Losey. “In addition, the program is very motivational, and students often participate voluntarily during non-school hours.”
Fourteen Broward County schools considered high-activity users of the First In Math online program during the 2014/2015 school year received an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education.
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