SOURCE: MetaMetrics

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics

March 09, 2011 07:00 ET

MetaMetrics Adds Virtual Nerd's Video Tutorials to Free Math@Home

Videos Offer the Benefits of One-on-One Expert Tutoring Online

DURHAM, NC--(Marketwire - March 9, 2011) - MetaMetrics®, developer of The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics, has partnered with Virtual Nerd™ to integrate video tutorials into its Math@Home web utility. Virtual Nerd's unique instructional videos provide students with the extra help they need to understand the textbook lessons they are studying in school, offering the benefits of a personal tutor and the convenience of an online environment.

"Our videos capture the essence of one-on-one tutoring to provide students with personalized help in math," said Virtual Nerd President and co-founder Josh Salcman. "Students will benefit from watching our video tutorials whenever, and as much as needed."

Virtual Nerd's tutorials have been calibrated with the Quantile Framework to describe the difficulty of the mathematics lesson being taught as a Quantile measure. This ensures that students are matched with videos at the right level of difficulty for their unique abilities.

Students needing more comprehensive help can visit Virtual Nerd's website (www.VirtualNerd.com), where interactive tutorials combine video, diagrams and step-by-step instructions within its exclusive Dynamic Whiteboard™ technology. The platform features an expert tutor and diagrams to explain all of the steps necessary to solve mathematical problems spanning Pre-Algebra through Algebra II. Students determine the level of support they need throughout each tutorial. They can click on a diagram or a specific step, term or symbol to launch other tutorials on those topics that require additional instruction, and then continue with the main video. Access to Virtual Nerd's more than 1,000 tutorials is free for educators and available by subscription for parents and students.

"All parents want their children to succeed, but, when it comes to mathematics, most parents don't feel comfortable helping their children with homework assignments," said MetaMetrics President and co-founder Malbert Smith III, Ph.D. "Virtual Nerd's tutorials take that uncertainty out of instruction by offering anytime, anywhere support on the mathematical concepts that students are struggling with."

Math@Home is powered by the Quantile Framework, a unique measurement system that uses a common scale and metric to assess both a child's mathematical achievement level and the difficulty of mathematical skills and concepts. The Quantile Framework spans the developmental continuum from kindergarten mathematics through the content typically taught in Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-calculus. By entering some basic information, including the child's state, grade, and Quantile measure or comfort with grade-level mathematics, parents can then select the child's textbook to locate instructional resources that match both his or her mathematical level and current textbook lesson.

For more information on the Quantile Framework and to search for resources using Math@Home, visit www.Quantiles.com.

About MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics, an educational measurement and research organization, develops scientific measures of student achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment with targeted instruction to improve learning. The organization's renowned psychometric team created the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading (www.Lexile.com); El Sistema Lexile para Leer, the Spanish-language version of the reading framework; The Quantile Framework for Mathematics (www.Quantiles.com); and The Lexile Framework for Writing. In addition to licensing Lexile and Quantile measures to state departments of education, testing and instructional companies, and publishers, MetaMetrics delivers professional development, resource measurement and customized consulting services.

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