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Students Using Think Through Math Outpace Their Peers on Utah’s SAGE Assessments

Utah STEM Action Center study shows students using Think Through Math are three times more likely to be proficient on SAGE assessments than non-TTM students.

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Think Through Math, Utah, STEM Action Center, SAGE assessments, Imagine Learning PROVO, UT – December 13, 2016 – A cross-sectional study by Utah State University has revealed that students who use Think Through Math (TTM), the award-winning web-based instruction system from Imagine Learning, are over three times more likely to achieve proficiency on Utah’s SAGE (Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence) exam than non-TTM students.

Conducted by the USU Department of Psychology, the study evaluated nine computerized, interactive instructional programs within the state’s STEM Action Center Grant Program. Specifically, the study used a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods and included these key findings:

  • Students who used Think Through Math with high fidelity (e.g., at the recommended usage level of five or more lessons per month) were 3.1 times more likely to achieve SAGE proficiency versus students who did not use TTM.
  • Students participating at the recommended usage level also were 2.4 times more likely to achieve SAGE proficiency versus low-fidelity students who used the program less than the recommended level.

“We are delighted by the positive findings of Utah’s STEM Action Center,” said Louis Piconi, founder of Think Through Math. “Findings like these also reinforce our commitment to continually improving the program in ways that benefit both teachers and students. Just knowing that Think Through Math is having a significant impact on SAGE scores is a testament to our program’s efficacy.” Read more »

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Imagine Learning Shows Highest Number of Positive DIBELS Effects in Utah K–3 Study

A newly released report by the Utah State Board of Education reveals multiple positive language and literacy effects for K–3 students using Imagine Learning.

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Imagine Learning, DIBELS, Utah, efficacy, literacy PROVO, UT – December 12, 2016 – Imagine Learning, an award-winning provider of language, literacy, and mathematics solutions for K–12 students, has received positive data for the second year in a row following a statewide study of literacy software programs.

In an official report recently released by the Utah State Board of Education, the Imagine Learning program showed positive treatment effects in 10 of 15 areas tested within the DIBELS assessment (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)—representing more areas than any other program evaluated in the study.

While other programs showed positive effects in either first or second grade, Imagine Learning was the only program showing positive effects in both grades. Likewise, Imagine Learning produced positive effects in all five Kindergarten DIBELS subscales, including phonemic awareness.

“Early reading proficiency gives students a critical advantage in school,” said Dr. Nari Carter, Director of Research at Imagine Learning. “Extensive research underscores the importance of literacy as a predictor of academic success, graduation from high school, and college readiness. Luckily, statewide initiatives are supporting the use of supplemental curricula that help teachers close the literacy gap, particularly for at-risk students.” Read more »

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Imagine Learning Completes Review for WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation

Imagine Learning program meets all 44 criteria for WIDA’s English Language Development Standards Framework in the ELL classroom.

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PROVO, UT – December 6, 2016 – Imagine Learning, a recognized leader in language and literacy instruction, today announced that WIDA has released an official PRIME V2 correlation for the Imagine Learning product. This correlation, which was completed by a certified WIDA-trained correlator, is now available on the WIDA PRIME V2 website. Read more »

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Imagine Learning Announces 2015–2016 Imagine Nation Winners

Imagine Nation rewards partner schools for outstanding dedication to Imagine Learning.

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Provo, UT – November 7, 2016 – Imagine Learning, developer of children’s language and literacy software, has chosen its Imagine Nation award winners for the 2015–2016 school year. Each year, Imagine Nation honors top schools nationwide for their dedication to the Imagine Learning program.

“It’s great to see schools implement Imagine Learning in ways that help kids progress,” says Joe Swenson, CEO of Imagine Learning. “The fact is, students who use the program every day as recommended make important gains in their language and literacy skills. Imagine Nation is a great way to celebrate and encourage that success.”

Imagine Nation Award Eligibility

To be eligible for an Imagine Nation nomination, partner schools: Read more »

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Imagine Learning Acquires Think Through Learning Inc.

Acquisition of innovative digital math company expands Imagine Learning’s product reach and creates a total language, literacy, and numeracy solution; transaction bolsters Weld North Education’s industry leading profile in K–12 digital education category.

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PROVO, UT – October 17, 2016 – Imagine Learning, a leader in elementary language and literacy software solutions, announced today its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning Inc., provider of the Think Through Math (TTM) supplemental online math program. Through this acquisition, Imagine Learning is poised to fill a critical need for innovative and adaptive language, literacy, and math solutions in the K–12 space. Weld North, an investment company focused on digital and SaaS education solutions led by Jonathan Grayer, acquired Imagine Learning in April 2014.

“At Imagine Learning, we see how many students struggle with both literacy and numeracy,” said Joe Swenson, CEO of Imagine Learning. “It only makes sense that we would work to resolve those struggles by joining forces with another innovative curriculum provider that understands how students learn math. We are confident that Imagine Learning and Think Through Math offer the perfect blend of academic instruction, assessment, educator analytics, and student engagement. We know our partner schools will be excited by this news as well.”

As supplemental curricula, Imagine Learning and Think Through Math are data-driven, research-based programs that engage, challenge, and monitor students for lasting academic gains. Both programs also feature standards-based content for students at multiple grade levels. Read more »

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Imagine Learning Raises Over 20K for Charity During Flash Fundraiser

Company-wide fundraiser tests employee ingenuity and rewards charities serving children and families


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St. Jude logo, Operation Underground Railroad logo, Habitat for Humanity logo, Imagine Kids Foundation logoPROVO, UT – August 16, 2016 – Imagine Learning, Utah developer of language and literacy software for elementary children, recently raised over $20,000 during a flash fundraiser benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Operation Underground Railroad, Habitat for Humanity, and the Imagine Kids Foundation.

During a company-wide fundraising challenge on July 11, 2016, Imagine Learning employees assembled in 20 groups of fifteen. At the onset, each group received twenty dollars of seed money to help fulfill its chosen fundraising activity. Only a few hours later, all groups returned to corporate headquarters with collected funds in hand. Read details

“By teaching language and literacy to the children of the world, we believe we change lives and open doors of opportunity for children,” says Carol Nibley, vice president of human resources at Imagine Learning. “But we also enjoy supporting like-minded organizations that care about kids. Our flash fundraiser was an exciting way to do just that.” Read more »

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Imagine Learning Español Adds More Standards-Aligned Content

Students can solidify Spanish reading and language skills through even more standards-aligned activities in Imagine Learning Español

 

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Cheki Morena, Imagine Learning Español, content release, 2016, literacy, languagePROVO, UT – July 12, 2016 – Imagine Learning Español, a program designed especially for young children learning to read in Spanish, now showcases even more standards-aligned content in its latest release.

“When students develop basic Spanish literacy skills, they gain a solid foundation for a lifelong academic growth in the Spanish language,” says Rossana Camacho, Instructional Design Manager at Imagine Learning.

Camacho continues, “And if the goal is future success in English language and literacy, research shows that there is a positive transfer of academic skills from one language to another, which results in a more fluid transition for students.”

Students who use Imagine Learning Español on a regular basis also continually strengthen essential components of literacy development, from phonological awareness to vocabulary development. Read more »

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Imagine Learning’s Latest Release Includes Annual Growth Test and Updated Student Experience

For the 2016–2017 school year, Imagine Learning now offers additional growth measures, language support materials, and a more engaging student experience.


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Imagine Learning, Fluent Reader, 2016, latest release, Professor HootPROVO, UT – JULY 6, 2016 – Imagine Learning’s latest release features more helps for teachers and students, starting with the new Annual Growth Test, which allows educators to measure and document literacy and language skills later in the year.

Now, educators can see how students are performing at the beginning and end of year and track student development over time.

As Barbara Badgett, Assessment Designer at Imagine Learning, describes it, “The AGT not only will allow educators to get a snapshot or point-in-time estimate of student skill levels, it will also allow them to see changes in those skill levels since the Initial Placement Test or previously administered AGTs.” Read more »

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Imagine Learning Now Certified for IMS Global OneRoster™ Standard

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PROVO,UT – May 24, 2016 – Imagine Learning, award-winning developer of language and literacy software for elementary students, is a member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium and has now achieved conformance certification for the Imagine Learning Cloud product on the OneRoster™ CSV 1.0 standard for transferring roster data.

Problematic Roster Data Formats

As more classrooms move from print to digital learning resources, educators face the time-consuming task of manually creating and formatting class rosters for import into digital systems.

With multiple software programs in use at many schools, the challenge of working with unique, proprietary data formats for roster data becomes problematic for many districts and schools.

A Standardized Roster for All Systems

To help combat these problems, Imagine Learning has adopted the OneRoster™ CSV 1.0 technical specifications published by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. Read more »

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Big Brainz Math Software Program Now Available on Chromebook

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Chromebook compatibility allows students greater access to Big Brainz math-fact fluency software

 

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PROVO, UT – May 17, 2016—In response to current ed tech trends, Imagine Learning announces that its Big Brainz math-fact fluency program is now available on Google Chromebook, in addition to Windows, Mac, and iPad.

“Today, Chromebook makes up over half of all classroom devices,” says Ben Openshaw, Big Brainz National Partnership Manager at Imagine Learning.

“That’s not surprising, given the competitive pricing advantage Chromebook offers school districts,” Openshaw continues. Now that Big Brainz is compatible with Chromebook, we know more students will gain automaticity in math facts and feel successful in math generally. That’s important to us.”

As the newest product in the Imagine Learning lineup, Big Brainz has garnered attention as an instructionally differentiated, game-based learning tool that kids love. As kids play, they gain math-fact fluency and are better prepared for higher-order math tasks. Read more »

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