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Northwest Local School District, Cincinnati, OH

Success Story: Improving Math Scores and Attitudes in Middle Schools

Middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in 18 classes in Cincinnati taking part in a Straight-A project, funded by Ohio Department of Education, had higher math achievement scores after just one semester of using the UC Davis C-STEM Math-ICT Curriculum. Additionally, students are changing their attitudes around math. 11% more of the C-STEM students were predicted to be proficient in math on state tests as compared to a control group with a similar number of students who did not receive the C-STEM intervention. 

Curriculum Supervisor for the Northwest Local School District (NWLSD), Leslie Silbernagel notes, “[Students] are moving past being afraid that they are not good at math and finding out that they might actually enjoy it.”

Applied mathematics teacher Scott Fortkamp says, “They are learning to problem solve. They are learning to collaborate and to persevere and figure things out.”

“As one seventh-grader watched his on-screen robot execute the required circle, he shot his arms up in the air and celebrated. ‘I am a genius!’ he said.”

Darrell Yater, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, highlights the academic success students are achieving in with NWLSD’s C-STEM program. “Students and teachers like the project, and the district likes the results. He said 11 percent more of the 328 C-STEM students were predicted to be proficient in math on state tests as compared to the control group of 349 like students with no C-STEM intervention.”

For more information see articles below

  1. Math scores should improve with C-STEM robot class
  2. Northwest Local School District in Ohio shows higher math scores using C-STEM program
  3. Math-challenged? Robots may be the answer