Research Shows Learning Upgrade Increases Achievement for At-Risk Math Students

How an Innovative Intervention Program Increased Test Scores at a California Middle School

Educators at Black Mountain Middle School, located in San Diego, face many of the same challenges as colleagues across the country. A portion of their 8th grade students scored two or even three grade levels below average on their NWEA MAP’s tests and were not yet ready for the 8th grade standard Algebra course. With no official schoolwide intervention or at-risk program, Black Mountain math teacher Julie Garcia took this challenge on herself.