DreamBox Learning Case Studies

Leveling the Playing Field
Glen Ellen, California
Over 65 percent of second graders and over 40 percent of the third grade math students at Dunbar Elementary School were not performing at grade level. The Grade Level Proficiency Project (GLPP) was designed with a vision, in the phrase Principal Melanie Blake coined to "Catch our kids before they fall"—with a unique approach to closing the achievement gap as early as possible. Read how they implemented blended learning strategies, and in-class modeling to close math gaps.
Math instruction is personalized in a digital environment at Washington district
Federal Way, Washington
Dreambox Learning was piloted at two Federal Way Public Schools in the second and third grades in May 2014, by the start of the 2014 school year, Federal Way Public Schools expanded to eight elementary and two middle school. Read why DreamBox was chosen to support their initiative to bring personalization and technology into the classroom.
From 67 to 100 Percent Proficiency in Math
Los Angeles, California
ICEF is the first charter management organization in the Los Angeles, California area, operates 12 schools in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city. More than 80 percent of their students are disadvantaged. However, through a commitment to blended learning, the organization realizes graduation rates of nearly 100 percent, and most of those students are accepted to college. Although 67 percent proficiency would be impressive in many schools and districts, Second Grade teacher Aziza Pavageau wanted to help realize even higher gains for her students. Learn how her class moved up to 100 percent math proficiency.
Innovative Math Remediation
Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Mexico
mSchool is a revolutionary concept in math education—essentially a one-room math schoolhouse for the 21st century with a mission to partner with community-based after-school programs and schools to open accredited, state-funded classrooms. mSchools use adaptive learning software to personalize individual paths to help remediate struggling students. Read the case study to discover how DreamBox helped mSchool students, as many as four years behind their peers, make gains equivalent to 2.9 years of math learning in just 10 months.
Exceeding API by 10 points in 1 Year
Santa Barbara, California
When Dr. Cynthia White became principal at Cleveland Elementary, it was the lowest performing elementary school in the Santa Barbara district. Read how Cleveland’s Academic Performance Index (API) score, a value-added calculation of testing data and expected outcomes, grew by 15 points in just one year—10 points more than the target provided by the state. It was the school’s largest year-over-year increase since the API system went into effect five years ago.
Promoting Early Numeracy and Fluency
Austin, Texas
Recognizing that abundant math enrichment is as equally important in the primary grades as it is for the intermediate grades, Principal Jennifer Daniels and the leadership team at Will Davis Elementary looked for a technology solution that would be engaging, yet also support mastery of the math TEKS objectives while teaching 21st century skills. Read the case study to learn how DreamBox was able to offer a deep level of personalization, teach conceptual understanding, and provide sufficient, actionable data to inform classroom instruction.
Supporting Blended Learning, Personalized Learning and the Common Core
Newark and Wilmington, Delaware
The Christina School District in Delaware, comprised of both urban and suburban schools with a diverse group of learners, is the largest district in the state of Delaware. With a recent Race to the Top award, the district became interested in how technology could be used to improve their math instruction. Read the case study to learn how DreamBox Learning Math helped to significantly increase test scores in just one year—increasing the math proficiency of third to fifth grade students by as much as 43 percent in just eight months.
Maximizing the Potential of 1:1
Alvin, Texas
A large portion of kids grew up in a world where the majority of people have smartphones and more than a third of homes have tablets. Read about how Alvin Elementary used 400+ donated iPads to increased their student's math achievement. Discover how iPads motivated children to learn more and accelerate their math learning.
Mitigating Summer Learning Loss
Summer Advantage, USA (in four states)
Summer learning loss is a major contributor to the achievement gap. Students in low-income situations tend to lose three months’ worth of math learning over the summer. The 23 Summer Advantage USA academic summer camp sites in Indiana, Colorado, Alabama, and Illinois were designed to reinforce the learning of the previous school year. In just one month of using DreamBox Learning Math for 20 minutes, four times a week, their students saw a full 4.1 months of improvement in math achievement. Read the case study to see how DreamBox Learning Math combatted the summer brain drain and raised the achievement levels of struggling learners.
Differentiation for Diverse Learners
Houston, Texas
After a long history of academic success in a school with demographic challenges, STAAR scores took a sudden and dramatic downturn among third grade students last year. Principal Yolanda Rodriguez and Instructional Specialist Rodolfo Ramos realized they needed a new math approach that would work for students with diverse abilities that would still support changing state standards. DreamBox offered the differentiated math instruction and engaging visual environment that is effective in a diverse, multilingual implementation to lay the groundwork for long-term success.
Modeling Instruction for the Common Core
Berea, Kentucky
Kentucky led the way as the first state to adopt the Common Core in 2010, but teachers and students both had a rocky start and test scores dropped precipitously. Berea Community Elementary took action to improve their math program. They began using DreamBox© in late 2012 to differentiate lessons, using it for both remediation and enrichment. Since then, their Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores have risen and teachers have the support they need to teach in alignment with the Common Core.
Personalized Learning Approach
Newark, New Jersey
BRICK entered a partnership with two of Newark Public Schools’ most underperforming schools to perfect a model where the teachers are the center of a school’s turnaround. Before the study in 2010, 39% of students were performing math on grade level. By 2012, 68% students were performing math on grade level. Read our case study on how DreamBox helped these two schools improve math proficiency and how it can help your schools.
Middle School Math Success
South New Rochelle, New York
Approximately 12 percent of 6th grade students at Isaac E. Young Middle School were identified as needing math intervention. In addition, many of the middle school teachers were not trained to provide (or weren’t comfortable providing) math basics to students performing significantly below grade level or teaching elementary math fundamentals at the K–5 level. Learn how DreamBox Learning helped to bridge gaps in math understanding and students performance.
Partnership for Blended Learning
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Located in the heart of North Carolina, Rocky Mount Preparatory School is a public charter school serving suburban Rocky Mount, North Carolina. A Title I school, 69% of its students this year qualify for free and reduced lunch. With most of the elementary students below grade level in math, it was a situation that needed to be remedied from 'the ground up.'
Transition to Common Core
Clarkstown, New York
Clarkstown Central School District, the largest public school district in Rockland County, New York, searched for a supplemental math program to support their shift to greater focus, coherence, and rigor in mathematics. With early intervention in primary grades a priority, they found that the strongest visually based online program for bridging the gap between current standards and the Common Core is DreamBox Learning’s Intelligent Adaptive Learning™.
Maximizing Individualized Instruction
Petaluma, California
Penngrove Elementary selected DreamBox Learning Math as an adaptive learning program to respond to each student’s learning needs. With students learning on DreamBox for 100 minutes per week, students have increased their math achievement scores, as measured by the STAR Math Enterprise™ assessment, by one grade equivalent in six months—moving from an average grade equivalent score of 1.3 to 2.3.
Math Intervention and Special Education
Spokane, Washington
Spokane Public Schools, Washington State’s second-largest school district, implemented DreamBox district-wide to support math intervention and special education programs and accelerate growth for students who are scoring below standard.
Embracing Blended Learning
Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Austin, Texas
IDEA Public Schools, a public charter school network of 13 elementary schools serving low-income minority students, created a blended learning model with DreamBox Learning Math to increase overall student achievement. Over the course of a school year, IDEA students are averaging over 60 hours of adaptive, individualized math instruction with DreamBox.
From Good to Great
Howard County, Maryland
Howard County Public Schools added DreamBox to its curriculum to augment exemplary math instruction in the classroom with individualized adaptive online instruction. After two years of using DreamBox, the district has increased the percentage of third graders proficient or advanced in math on the Maryland School Assessment from 89.5 to 93 percent.
Accelerating Learning
San Jose, California
Rocketship Education students using DreamBox Learning at three Title I schools in San Jose were able to increase their national percentile ranking by an average 5.5 points after only 21 hours on the DreamBox Learning Math program.
Making AYP in Math
Seattle, Washington
West Seattle Elementary, a Title I school in Transformation status, added DreamBox to its curriculum and increased the percentage of fourth graders at standard in mathematics from 16 to 34 percent in one year. West Seattle Elementary also achieved the highest growth in math test scores in its school district.
Impactful Math Intervention
Anderson County, Kentucky
The Early Childhood Center was able to move kindergarten students in need of intervention from below the 1st percentile nationally to the 54th percentile in one year. Additionally, DreamBox enabled teachers to more than double the number of intervention students served without adding staff.
Personalizing Instruction
St. Louis County, Missouri
Parkway School District added DreamBox Learning to its curriculum to provide individualized learning paths for 3,300 students in 18 elementary schools. DreamBox has helped Parkway students develop genuine number sense and cultivate automaticity and quick reasoning with numbers.
Building Number Sense
Carroll County, Maryland
Carroll County Public Schools, a top-performing school district, brought DreamBox Learning Math to its 23 elementary schools to help students develop number sense, deepen conceptual understanding, support struggling students, and enable high-performing students to move on to higher-level mathematics.
Helping ELL Students Succeed in Math
South Los Angeles, California
ICEF Vista Elementary Academy, a school serving primarily low-income students who are English Language Learners, was forced to reduce its operating budget by 20 percent following deep state budget cuts. The school brought in the DreamBox Learning program to meet student needs for math intervention and individualized instruction in a cost-effective manner.