A new program, called EdReady, is on the horizon and is showing great promise. As a pilot state, Montana is leading the way with this exciting new initiative.
What is EdReady?
EdReady Montana is a program for all students in Montana from grade seven through college who want to
- Brush up on their general math skills
- Become better prepared for college math
- Or practice math skills needed for their desired career path
Through the EdReady Montana Project, funded by a generous gift from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Montana Digital Academy (MTDA) will bring the EdReady program to the State of Montana as the first State in the Country to deploy EdReady to their students!
Students can be signed up in the following ways:
- Through their secondary school,
- Through their college campus or
- Sign up all on their own to improve their own skills.
NROC Dev Math Project and EdReady Montana History
In the years leading up to the gift in February of 2014, Montana Digital Academy leaders worked with the NROC Project, a member-driven non profit organization with the goal of creating open educational resources, to advise in the creation of the math curricular assets and assisted in piloting EdReady and providing feedback on the program during the Spring and Summer of 2015. As one of 5 pilot States, MTDA tested the system at the University of Montana, Missoula-Sentinel High School, Corvallis High School and Lolo Middle School in the spring and summer. For more information on the NROCmath project, visit this site: http://nrocmath.org/
EdReady Montana – A Montana Digital Academy Project
Montana Digital Academy is the statewide virtual school for the State of Montana created in 2009 by the Montana Legislature to serve K-12 students in Montana through a supplementary online curricular model. EdReady Montana extends upon the MTDA core offerings by helping address gaps in math (soon English/Language Arts) readiness and helps students become better prepared for their college and career paths. The uniquely positioned MTDA that serves almost every high school and a growing number of middle schools in the state already, is funded through the Office for Public Instruction and resides at a campus of the Montana University System. The reach and coordination of MTDA through these and other educational partners in Montana will help EdReady Montana be deployed efficiently and broadly to all levels and will tie in with the MTDA vision. To learn more about MTDA, visit this website: http://montanadigitalacademy.org/
NROC EdReady Piloting and EdReady Montana History
Based largely on the success of this pilot project and most notably the results of the incoming freshmen with low math placement scores at The University of Montana, MTDA partnered with the University to share the data and seek funding for the EdReady Montana Project to bring the customizable version of EdReady to all Montana students grade 7 to College. The project is funded for 3 years initially and will allow the State to assess future funding opportunities after use cases are explored, served, measured and assessed.
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