DreamBox Learning® Puts Common Core State Standards Alignment Tool at Educators’ Fingertips

New Reporting Feature Allows Teachers to Quickly Measure Individual Student Progress Against Mathematics Benchmarks

Bellevue, WA – August 16, 2011 – DreamBox Learning (www.dreambox.com), the intelligent adaptive learning™ company, today announced the release of its Common Core State Standards Report. The new feature allows all educators using the award-winning DreamBox Learning K-3 Math platform to view a real-time report on individual student progress against the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).

As students complete lessons in DreamBox, teachers can now access the Common Core State Standards Report directly from the DreamBox Learning Dashboard. The report supports and complements any basal math curriculum and will allow educators to see in real-time how any student in the class is doing compared to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

“DreamBox Learning provides highly useful and efficient support to educators with our intelligent adaptive learning engine,” said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of DreamBox Learning. “As increasing numbers of school districts transition to the more rigorous Common Core State Standards and teachers are measured on their students’ achievement against these benchmarks, our new reporting tool will allow educators instant, current analysis of each student’s progress in math.”

DreamBox Learning K-3 Math aligns with the CCSSM in the areas of Counting and Cardinality; Comparing; Operations and Algebraic Thinking; and Number and Operations in Base Ten. The Common Core State Standards is a set of state-led mathematics and language arts education standards for grades K-12. Since its inception last year, 44 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands have adopted Common Core State Standards for curriculum.

“A major focus of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics is to guide students in their understanding of important topics related to number, which is a critical component of elementary school mathematics,” said Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell, Professor of Education at McDaniel College and Past President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. “DreamBox Learning’s activities truly emphasize conceptual understanding and the need to maintain and extend such understandings. This work clearly connects with the intent of the Common Core State Standards, creating a pathway that teachers can use to ensure that their students dig deeper in connecting concepts to procedures and in using these connections to not only solve problems but develop a sense of number.”

Further extending its support of CCSSM implementation, DreamBox Learning has made available a set of free Virtual Manipulatives, which are designed to address the domains and the Standards for Mathematical Practice reflected in the CCSSM.

DreamBox Learning is conducting a free 60-minute webinar for K–5 educators who want to use DreamBox Virtual Manipulatives in their implementation of the CCSSM in the 2011–2012 school year. The webinar, Using Virtual Manipulatives to Jump-Start Your Common Core State Standards Math Implementation, will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT. For more information or to register for the webinar, educators can visit http://www.dreambox.com/blog/dreambox-webinar-series.

About DreamBox Learning

DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Washington and acquired in April 2010 by the Charter Fund in partnership with Reed Hastings, a widely recognized educational philanthropist and CEO of Netflix, Inc. The intelligent adaptive learning company launched a Web-based platform and its first online learning product in January 2009, and the program has won more than 20 top education and technology industry awards. DreamBox Learning K-3 Math targets elementary students and delivers more than 500 core lessons with unlimited variations based on the Common Core State Standards. DreamBox Learning software is designed to teach and reinforce key mathematical concepts through effective, individualized instruction in an engaging and fun manner. The product’s patented “engine” constantly assesses each student’s mathematical understanding, provides the most suitable level of difficulty, hints and encouragement at the right pace for that child, and decides which next personally appropriate lessons to offer for subsequent choices. The company’s first product, DreamBox Learning K-2 Math, was followed by the DreamBox Math Classroom in April 2009 and DreamBox Learning K-3 Math in April 2010. More information is available at www.dreambox.com.

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Editors’ Note: Skip Fennell is a member of DreamBox Learning’s Advisory Board.