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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s leadership recognized the need to make the district’s science and math instruction more interactive and engaging. In addition, they wanted to build the confidence of their teachers.

The district leaders at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) were facing two challenges: They needed a bold, new approach to math education to prepare students for 21st-century teaching and learning, and they wanted to help make their educators masters of digital content as they transitioned to Common Core State Standards. Overcoming these hurdles would prove crucial to raising the bar for instruction in classrooms and improving student outcomes.

Already familiar with Discovery Education’s Science Techbook suite, CMS selected Math Techbook to help them achieve their goals, along with implementing a 1:1 device program in its schools. After piloting Math Techbook for less than a year, district leaders found a perfect fit for their classrooms. Techbook helps educators be more agile in the classroom, armed with fresh, up-to-date materials. Students love Techbook’s grounded approach to math, and they seize upon the chance to take an active role in their education. CMS has since rolled out the service to all of its middle schools.

Discovery Education’s relationship with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools continues to grow. With more Techbook innovations on the horizon, they’ll work together to enhance the district’s curriculum in new, meaningful ways, helping Charlotte students become lifelong learners.

ResultsDouble-Digit Gains in Student Proficiency

Evidence shows that when educators within Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools used Discovery Education Techbook with students, it led to increased student performance on end-of-course exams.

After using Science Techbook to hone their skills, 5th and 8th grade students are much better prepared for the future.

  • 12 percentage-point increase in college and career readiness for 5th- and 8th-grade science students (2013-2016)
  • Six percentage-point increase in proficiency for 5th-grade science students (2015-2016)
  • 10.5 percentage-point leap over state proficiency scores for Math 1 students (2015-2016)