Tyrone Middle School Show Gains in Math Scores, Defy National Trend

I CAN Learn interactive software program gaining momentum in classrooms nationwide

St. Petersburg, Fla. (Dec.3, 2009) – Math classes at Tyrone Middle School are showing how an interactive software program not only improves math proficiency and test scores, but that it is also a critical teaching tool that has helped teachers become more effective in the classroom.

“We have seen our students’ FCAT test scores increase over the years through this program,” said Stephanie Adkinson, Principal at Tyrone. “In the last year alone, we have seen a large majority of our students increase their test scores, and we are hopeful that our students will continue to show academic gains in math, thanks to this program.”

Eighty-eight percent of Tyrone Middle School’s Level 1 students enrolled in the I CAN Learn math class have increased their test scores on the 2009 FCAT, while 62 percent of Level 2 students increased their math scores on the 2009 FCAT.

With courses in Pre-Algebra and Algebra, independent studies show the ICL program significantly closes the achievement gap and raises test scores. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse gave the ICL Educational System its highest rating, citing “statistically significant” increases in its case studies.

In the drive to overhaul the public education system with the Race to the Top and Investing in Innovation funds, schools and school districts across the U.S. also view ICL as a boost to school reform efforts. Across Florida, 112 classrooms in 98 schools are currently using the program.

ICL support manager Jean Sheridan continues to see steady progress in Florida, stating, “We designed I CAN Learn with the help of teachers who use it which is why it’s so effective and why we see improvements year after year.”

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