CHICAGO, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Wright Group/McGraw-Hill (News) has published a new math intervention curriculum, Pinpoint Math. The supplemental program, with both online and print components, was designed for students in Grades 1-7 who are one to two grade levels behind in mathematics.Of course, it will come at a pretty penny to districts who buy the supplemental program. The Wright Group has a nice customer base to tap into considering the 175,000 classrooms they've wriggled their way into. That's a whole lot of potential sales.
Pinpoint Math can be used successfully with any basal mathematics program. It incorporates the three essential elements necessary for improvement of mathematics performance among struggling students:
-- Diagnostic Assessment: Identify areas of weakness for individual students.
-- Targeted Instruction: Provides content in an individual Student Action Plan that meets the needs of the student with both print and animated tutorials.
-- Progress Monitoring: For ongoing assessment of students' advancement on individual topics in both formal and informal formats.
Conveniently, Pinpoint Math "can be used successfully with any basal mathematics program." That way, schools can help those struggling students "who are one to two grade levels behind in mathematics."
So first you sell schools a math curriculum that results in a significant population of struggling students, and then you sell them a scaffolding tool to remediate the problem you created in the first place. Nice job Wright Group/McGraw-Hill. Way to keep the stockholders happy.
That's just wrong on so many levels, I don't even know where to begin.