BOISE, Idaho.—Students in Idaho finished a challenge to complete 14 million complex math problems in May, using a web-based program called, “Think Through Math."
The Idaho State Department of Education developed the “Race to 14 Million” challenge as part of the Idaho Math Initiative. The initiative intended to increase student achievement by tracking the total number of problems completed between August 15th and August 1st of each year.
The completion of the Race to 14 Million marked the largest number of problems completed in Idaho. The students solved approximately 12.9 million math problems during the previous year on Think Through Math.
Students not only accomplished the 14 million problem goal, but did it three months before the deadline according to the department of education.
“Congratulations to Idaho students!” said Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Luna. “At the beginning of the school year, we knew setting a goal of solving 14 million complex mathematics problems as high, but our students have exceeded our expectations, just as they always do.”
More than 26,000 students used the web-based program to complete problems for grade 3-Algebra I, both at school and at home. Education officials said TTM’s “anytime, anywhere” math policy that included access to live teachers, motivated students to work outside of school hours.
The Idaho State Department of Education began providing Think Through Math to all public schools in 2008, as part of the Idaho Math Initiative.