Seventh grade students at Chester Boren Middle School began using the ixl.com website for math practice in mid-November. Since then, students have put in an amazing amount of effort. I just received a report that shows that CBMS 7th graders have done over 50,000 ixl.com math problems. Additionally, CBMS students have spent over 400 hours working on their math skills.
Students have officially been assigned three sections on ixl.com to work on. They are: V.1-V.5 (equations), U.1-U.6 (variable expressions), and J.2, J.6-J.9 (ratios & proportions). Students are always given a full week to complete the online work. While the V and U sections are past due, the J section skills are not due until Tuesday, December 11th. The next section of ixl.com skills that will be assigned are T.1-T.7 dealing with number patterns.
BUCKLE DOWN ONLINE
At the beginning of the school year, seventh grade students at Chester Boren Middle School took an online assessment to see what they knew before any instruction. Not shockingly, only about 8% of the students scored at the proficient level. Many of the questions dealt with topics the students hadn't encountered yet.
On December 6-7th, students took the same assessment (testing the same skills, not the exact same questions) to see if they have gained knowledge so far. While not every student has completed the second assessment, the improvement is impressive. The average seventh grade student improved their score significantly. The average score went from 39% to 52%, a huge jump. The largest jumps were over 30% increases! The overall goal is to get at least 80% of the students to score advanced or proficient (55% or higher). While the first assessment only had 8% advanced or proficient, the second assessment had 48% advanced or proficient.