Case Studies

If your school will be using funding sources that require a research basis for purchases, the following links to independent research and First in Math® Case Studies should be helpful.


 

Bethlehem Area School District Creates Math Achievement Record With First In Math® Online Program

Third graders from the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) have set a record in math achievement using the First In Math (FIM) Online Program. FIM is an online math-practice tool for grades K through 8. Implemented in 5,000 schools in the US and abroad, this unique curriculum supplement has impacted more than 20 million students since its inception.

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First In Math Helps School District of Philadelphia Students Trend Upward in Math Eight years in a Row

According to the PA and the US Department of Education, The School District of Philadelphia experienced an outstanding 37.4 percentage-point increase in math scores since implementing the program in 2003.

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Scientific-Based Research Study conducted by WestEd: Evaluation of the First In Math® Online Mathematics Program

Education industry giant WestEd recently completed a scientific-based research study on the First In Math (FIM) Program in the National City School District in San Diego County. The evaluation involved 2,412 students in grades 3 through 6 and focused primarily on the impact of the FIM program on student achievement. The evaluation studied if the amount of time students spent on FIM affected their mathematics skills, and if participation in FIM had a positive effect on students' attitudes.

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2004-2005 First In Math® Case Study: Double-Digit Increases for School District of Philadelphia

Data for the 2004-2005 school year again points to steady improvement, with many schools scoring double-digit increases in math proficiency. In addition, analysis of the data suggests that schools with high levels of participation in the First In Math® program posted higher increases in math proficiency.

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Double-Digit Increases in PA Standardized Test Scores Among Top-Ranked First In Math® Schools

Charts shown represent Pennsylvania schools—large and small—that posted DOUBLE-DIGIT INCREASES in test scores after using the program.

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2003-2004 Case Study: School District of Philadelphia, PA

The School District of Philadelphia began using the First In Math® online program in more than 2,600 third- through eighth-grade classrooms throughout the district during the 2003-2004 school year. The first-year implementation of the First In Math® program was a resounding success, with 2004 Pennsylvania State Standard Assessment (PSSA) results showing a significant increase in overall performance in math.

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2000-2001 WestEd Case Study: San Diego County, CA

More than 640 elementary- and middle-school classrooms throughout San Diego County received 24 game materials to be used with second- through eighth-grade students for a recommended average of five minutes per day. A U.S. Department of Education grant provided for Jumping Levels® kits and/or 24® Game Mathematics Club kits to be sent to participating classrooms. Teachers were surveyed about the value of the program(s) by WestEd.

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1994-1996 Case Study: Bronx, NY

Year one: 1994-95. The Jumping Levels® program (which utilizes 24® game play, posters, award stickers and incentives) was piloted in grades two through nine throughout Community School District 8, reaching 750 classrooms in the district’s 29 schools. Classroom teachers were asked to incorporate use of the 24®game into classroom work, either five minutes per day or one period per week.

Year two: 1995-96. Study of incorporating the Jumping Levels® program in classrooms was expanded to include CSD 7, 9 and 12.

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1994 Case Study: Diocese of Erie, PA

The Diocese conducted a study to establish how the 24® game, when made part of the curriculum on a daily basis over an entire school year, would improve standardized test scores. The study has three tiers; classroom, school and district-wide.

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