Think Through Math (TTM) is an online, supplemental math instruction and tutoring program that will help raise student achievement in Idaho by providing students with focused instruction, rigorous math problems, access to live certified teachers and a motivation program with rewards for working on math problems. Think Through Math works with the classroom teacher to tailor the online math instruction to the needs of the individual student. Students can access the program anywhere they get Internet access - whether at home, at school or in a library. Currently, schools in more than 25 states across the country are using Think Through Math as a supplement to instruction and noticing increased student achievement. Please visit www.thinkthroughmath.com to learn more about Think Through Math.
The Think Through Math (TTM) computer-assisted program is now available to utilize as curriculum for Algebra 1 credit recovery and district approved Alternate Route for Graduation. The Think Through Math curriculum option can be used to facilitate the instruction of the required core math content, by an Idaho certified, highly qualified teacher of record. The programs are simple to implement and monitor, and students will go through a rigorous set of coursework. The credit recovery pathway will give students a solid foundation in Algebra 1 and will prepare them for success in Geometry and future math courses. The Alternate Route for Graduation pathway will give students a solid foundation in math skills aligned to the 10th grade ISAT blueprint.
TTM's Algebra 1 credit recovery program initially enrolls students into a pathway of 62 "Target Lessons". The Alternate Route to Graduation program enrolls student into a pathway of 69 "Target Lessons". The pathways were constructed in conjunction with the Idaho SDE. All lessons for the credit recover program are aligned to the Common Core Standards Algebra 1 course and the Idaho Algebra 1 standards. The Alternate Route for Graduation lessons are aligned to the 10th grade ISAT blueprint. When the Smarter Balanced Assessment blueprint has been finalized, TTM will begin working on aligning the pathway to the new assessment blueprint; to be available when Idaho moves to the new assessment.
For both programs, students begin by taking a brief placement test which will determine a student's readiness. Based on these results, additional pre-cursor lessons will be added into each student's pathway. Additionally, TTM monitors student progress and adds additional pre-cursors as needed to fill students' learning gaps. When students are working outside of the classroom, they can get assistance from TTM's live certified teachers.
As with all coursework, the teacher is a key component in a student's success. The benefit of Think Through Math is that multiple students can be working toward recovering credit on a very individualized basis. An appropriately certified and qualified teacher, however, is necessary to ensure that students have the support to grasp the concepts being presented. As students work through their pathway, reports on student progress are available through the teacher portal. These easy-to-use reports show how much progress students are making toward completing the Target and pre-cursor lessons on their pathway.
The Think Through Math program does not qualify as a stand-alone course such as those offered through IDLA. Any computer-based program must be supervised by a properly certified and qualified "teacher of record" who must actually be present in the classroom throughout the sessions. If Think Through Math is used for math credit recovery or alternate route for graduation, a math assignment code should be used when reporting in ISEE and the teacher of record facilitating the program must hold a math endorsement and be highly qualified in order to grant graduation credit.
Please see documents below for in-depth information on both programs, including tools for monitoring student progress and grading. Also attached are documents on standard alignment.
For Idaho Education Laws and Rules on High School Credit Requirements for Mathematics, please see Idaho Administrative Code 08.03.02.105.01.d. This code can be accessed online at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/08/index.html. Please be aware that a credit recovery course must meet the appropriate content standards of the original course.
For Idaho Education Laws and Rules on Alternate Route for Graduation, please see Idaho Administrative Code 08.03.02.105.06, at http://adminrules.idaho.gov/rules/current/08/index.html. Please be aware that alternate routes to graduation are locally established and must go before the local school board for approval. Once approved at the local level, the alternate route for graduation must be sent to the Idaho Board of Education for review. A copy of each districts’ alternate plan is kept on file at the Office of the State Board of Education. For more information on the steps to establish a local alternate route for graduation, please contact Allison McClintick with the Idaho Board of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To utilize Think Through Math in either capacity communicated in this email, please contact Marisa Alan, TTM Regional Program Manager, at email@example.com.
Students of Sacajawea Junior High School in Lewiston won a nationwide math contest sponsored by Think Through Math, an award-winning provider of online supplemental math instruction. The Idaho State Department of Education provides Think Through Math to all public school students through the Idaho Math Initiative.
On Wednesday, May 15, representatives from Think Through Math will visit Sacajawea Junior High for a special event to award the students with the Think Through March “MATH” Madness trophy, banner and awards.
One hundred-ninety five students from 7th, 8th and 9th grade math classes worked on Think Through Math in class and at home to earn the highest student average of completed lessons and total problems solved, beating out 27,565 schools from across the nation.
Principal of Sacajawea Junior High, Mr. Uhlorn said, "We are proud of the work the staff and students at Sacajawea Junior High did during this competition. Many of our 195 team members worked daily to improve their math skills using TTM. We have used this program for the past three years as a great way to have students fill in gaps of mathematical concepts with the flexibility of individual pathways. Being part of the competition was an added bonus. The kids were so excited to hear how we progressed throughout the competition and made it their goal to keep working hard".
During the contest, Sacajawea Junior High students spent 1,121 hours on Think Through Math completing 72,650 complex math problems. The junior high students completed 6,287 math lessons during the qualification and elimination rounds and logged 84 hours outside of the traditional school day.
For more information on how Sacajawea Junior High uses TTM, please view the video below.
Think Through Math has been hard at work this summer making improvements to the program to ensure the absolute best experience for your students. These enhancements include:
TTM training and ongoing support is available free of charge and can be provided via webinar or onsite at the district or school level. We highly recommend that all teachers that plan to use TTM attend one of our trainings- Utilizing TTM Effectively to Support the Idaho Core Standards.
Please contact your regional program manager to set up district training opportunities.
To determine if your computer is compatible with TTM's technical specifications, sign into your teacher account and click on the username in the upper right hand corner. You will see a drop down menu where "Tech Check" is an option. Click on "Tech Check" and an automatic check will run. For full TTM technical requirements, please refer to the PDF document below. If you are having further difficulties, please contact your school or district IT support staff.