Symphony Math New Features: RTI In One Solution?

2 02 2012

Symphony Mathematics has recently released an update that has the potential to transform how schools implement RTI, or Response to Intervention. What was once a tool for struggling students in mathematics, Symphony Math  now comes in a neat package that contains a screening tool, a benchmarking tool, and a comprehensive intervention scope and sequence that is a great fit for students in grades K-8.

Recently, Symphony Math showcased how they align to the Common Core Standards in a conference in Waltham, MA. The goal of Symphony Math has always been to have students understand math at a conceptual level. Often times, skills such as numeric fluency and a foundational understanding of math are not as strongly reinforced as they need to be for students with unique learning challenges. Symphony Math seeks to fill in this much needed gap.

In the recent publication “Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools,”  the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, provided a summary of eight recommendations to address RTI implementation challenges. Symphony Mathematics addresses these recommendations within their intervention toolkit.

Often times, the time to screen, benchmark and intervene can get lost in the myriad of activities and other academic areas of a student’s day. By having everything within one bundle, Symphony Math aims to streamline the process of screen, benchmark, intervene, and monitor progress without compromising the quality of the program.

With a comprehensive intervention system, students can access concepts that they normally may not be able to revisit in a traditional curriculum. WIth reinforcement of key mathematical concepts, students are able to build a solid foundation of skills that are necessary to be mathematically proficient.  Plus, the multi-sensory feel the program has works well with today’s technologically savvy students. This update is not only welcome, but has been long overdue.
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