Tennessee Adopts I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System as Math Textbook

State Commission approves program for sixth through eighth grade math and Algebra I students

Oct 12, 2010, 11:08 ET from I CAN Learn(R) Instructional Improvement System

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Students across Tennessee now have increased access to a program with proven effectiveness helping kids learn math, the State Textbook Commission announced last week.

The I CAN Learn® IIS was approved as a state-certified textbook for sixth through eighth grade math and Algebra I classes.  The news comes one month after the program was named an approved professional development provider for Race to the Top in Tennessee, a state that has been at the forefront of the national education reform movement.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to expand our work with Tennessee educators to improve math education throughout the state," said John R. Lee, President of I CAN Learn® Education Systems.  "Tennessee has been a pioneer in education reform, which makes this recognition even more meaningful."

The Tennessee State Textbook Commission is made up of education administrators and teachers at varying levels from across the state.  The Commission uses an advisory panel of expert teachers in each subject area or grade level for advice on book selections.  New members with expertise in each subject area are selected annually.

The official textbook list is approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education.  Local Education Agencies then must select the textbook from the list that is most appropriate for their district.

Used by over one million students ranging from fifth graders all the way through junior college since its inception in 1995, the I CAN Learn® IIS is already an approved textbook in Oklahoma and California.  Including Tennessee, it is currently used in 34 states, in addition to Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  

The U.S. Department of Education's What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently updated its online database of middle school math interventions.  Only the I CAN Learn® IIS earned a "++" positive rating, the highest possible score.  Ratings on eight other math intervention programs ranged from no discernible effects to just potentially positive effects.  

Independent studies show, by using the program, schools can close the achievement gap by nearly one-third; students can learn 1.5 years of Algebra content in one year; and districts can improve test scores and save money.

To learn more, visit www.icanlearn.com.

About the I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System

The I CAN Learn® Instructional Improvement System is a product of JRL Enterprises, Inc. "I CAN Learn" is an acronym for "Interactive Computer Aided Natural Learning." The system is a complete software and hardware computer package for delivering standards based Algebra and Pre-Algebra courses to the K-12, College, and Adult Education markets. The education system captures the best instructional pedagogy and delivers this instruction through technology on a one-on-one basis to every student.

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