Thursday, May 05, 2005

Hotmath helps students excel on state exam

From eSchool News Online:

Hotmath helps students excel on state exam

May 1, 2005

California teachers using to help their students with math homework say the tutorial web site--which recently took top honors in several categories of the latest eSchool News Readers' Choice Awards--has helped their students pass the math portion of the California High School Exit Exam in impressive numbers.

Results from California's 2003-2004 exam indicate that the statewide passing rate in mathematics was 74 percent--but 80 percent of students passed in the 122 California high schools that have made Hotmath available, according to data from Hotmath Inc. The results in Los Angeles suggest an even wider gap between schools that use Hotmath and those that do not. In the Los Angeles Unified School District, the district-wide pass rate was 58 percent. The rate jumped to 77 percent for the 13 Los Angeles high schools that use Hotmath.

Founded in 2000, Hotmath provides explanations and worked-out solutions to the odd-numbered problems in more than 60 popular math textbooks used in grades 6-12.

Consequential? Just because Hotmath was available, does that mean teachers used it? Don't we show students how to solve problems on the chalkboard everyday? Too many unanswered questions here.


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