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National Math Panel Report Endorses Vmath Intervention Program Research Base.

DALLAS, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Findings from a recent report released by the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, created under Presidential Executive Order in April 2006, aligns with several concepts and components in Vmath(R), Voyager's math intervention program for grades three through eight. Vmath is a research-based math intervention program designed for struggling elementary and middle school learners.
 Key findings in the report that align with Vmath include:

 -- Explicit instruction works for struggling students. Vmath's explicit
 instruction format and detail lesson support empower teachers to
 deliver high-quality instruction.
 -- Algebra is a gateway to success in math. With an emphasis on the
 development of student proficiency in number sense, fractions, and
 aspects of geometry and measurement, Vmath helps students establish a
 solid foundation in algebra readiness, positioning students for success
 in the future.
 -- A balanced approach is recommended for teaching mathematics. Vmath
 provides a focus on conceptual development through the use of virtual
 and concrete manipulatives. Vmath students develop fluency with
 operations and computational skills in the daily lessons, and build
 strong problem solving skills with built-in problem-solving strategy
 lessons throughout the program.
 -- Effort Matters. The web-based technology component, VmathLive(TM),
 builds confidence and rewards effort in an engaging learning
 environment that inspires interest and motivates reluctant learners.





"Explicit instruction involving both teacher modeling and kids going through the steps in the models-in small groups or with the whole class or individually-seems to lead consistently to higher gains for kids that are struggling," said Dr. Russell Gersten in a spring 2007 issue of Voyager Connection magazine. Dr. Gersten is the executive director of the Instructional Research Group in Long Beach, CA, and is member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel and Vmath Advisory Board.

To view the National Math Panel's complete report visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/mathpanel/report/final-report.pdf

A summary of the National Math Panel report and how it aligns to Vmath can be found at: http://www.voyagerlearning.com/assets/pdfs/National%20Math%20Report.pdf

Voyager Expanded Learning

Voyager Expanded Learning provides core, intervention and supplemental reading programs, as well as math intervention and ongoing professional development programs, for school districts throughout the United States. Founded in 1994, Voyager has delivered extended-time reading and basic skills intervention programs, as well as large-scale reading programs, to more than 1000 school districts in cities such as Dallas, Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles, resulting in dramatically improved student performance. Voyager Expanded Learning, Inc. is a business unit of Voyager Learning Company and based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.voyagerlearning.com/ or call 1-888-399-1995.

CONTACT: Shannan Overbeck of Voyager Learning Company, +1-888-399-1995 ext. 9476, soverbeck@voyagerlearning.com

Web site: http://www.voyagerlearning.com/
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