DURHAM, NC--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2013) - MetaMetrics®, developer of The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics, released a new and improved version of its website Quantiles.com. The website features modern aesthetics with a crisp design, simplified navigation and text, and improved tools and functionality. Compatibility with mobile and tablet platforms helps users further utilize the website and its tools, while updated content with accompanying illustrations helps users further understand the underlying concept of the Quantile Framework. The Quantile Framework provides a way to describe a student's mathematical achievement and the difficulty of specific mathematical skills and concepts in order to better match a student with appropriate learning materials.
"The Quantile website has always been a great resource for educators, parents and students," said Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., president and co-founder of MetaMetrics. "We wanted to perfect the website and assembled an experienced team to take on this task. We created not only a well-designed website, but improved the functionality and search options of some of our tools that will better serve users wanting to discover targeted resources."
The website's updated navigation is organized into two basic categories: "About the Quantile Framework" and "Use the Quantile Framework." The "About" section contains text pages and illustrations that help users understand the Quantile Framework. The "Use" section has links to all of the tools that help parents and educators use the Quantile Framework to differentiate instruction. The "Math Skills Database" and "Find Your Textbook" search tools have been updated with more efficient and user-friendly search functions. The homepage also highlights helpful events, news and popular topics.
In addition to the release of the new website, MetaMetrics announced the launch of the "Summer Math Challenge," a six-week, email-based initiative designed to combat summer math loss. This initiative, based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, will target students who have just completed grades two through five. Parents will receive daily emails with resources and activities designed to help their children retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. On average, all students, regardless of socio-economic status, lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation over the summer months each year. Enrollment in the program is free and begins May 1, 2013 on Quantiles.com/summer-math. The first email for the Summer Math Challenge will be sent June 24, 2013.
The Quantile Framework differs from other measurement systems in that it evaluates student mathematical achievement and the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts and places them on the same developmental scale. Quantile® student measures describe a student's readiness for instruction and indicate which skills and concepts the student is ready to learn and those that may require more background instruction. Educators and parents can use this information to connect the student with resources that are designed to meet his or her unique learning needs and to determine if the student is on be ready for the demands of college and careers. For additional information, and to access the free Quantile Teacher Assistant (http://qta.quantiles.com) and Math@Home (http://mah.quantiles.com) web utilities, visit www.Quantiles.com.
MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics' products and services for reading (The Lexile® Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile® para Leer), mathematics (The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics), and writing (The Lexile® Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals to achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect with the organization at: http://blog.lexile.com.
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