San Francisco, August 31, 2004 -- Hotmath, Inc. announced that schools providing homework help for their students using Hotmath.com have fared exceptionally well on recently released California tests. The Hotmath.com website provides explanations for the odd numbered homework problems in math textbooks used in grades 6 through 12. This allows students to understand and complete their assigned homework and come to class prepared.
CAHSEE - Statewide
The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) tests students for graduation-required competency. The statewide pass percentage for about 1100 high schools was 74% in mathematics. In the 122 California high schools that actively make Hotmath.com available to their students, the pass percentage was 80%.
CAHSEE - Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, the results are even more striking. The CAHSEE pass rate for mathematics in the Los Angeles Unified School District was 58%, while the 13 Hotmath high schools in Los Angeles achieved a pass rate of 77%.
STAR - Statewide
The California Standardized Testing And Reporting (STAR) program assesses student proficiency in several subjects. Statewide results for middle school (8th grade) algebra showed that only 35% of California students met or exceeded the state proficiency goal. In middle schools that actively used Hotmath, 62% of the students met or exceeded the proficiency goal.
According to Chuck Grant, Hotmath president, "These results demonstrate the very positive potential for students at schools that employ Hotmath. The outcomes are excellent for a nominal cost. We are extremely proud of our contribution."
Gil Speer, a National Board-Certified math teacher at Verdugo Hills High School in Los Angeles said, "I've seen first hand that Hotmath.com helps students do better. I paid for a Hotmath license personally so that my students could benefit."
Schools can provide Hotmath for their students for under $1 per student per year. Parents at schools that do not have Hotmath may subscribe to the website for $29 per semester or $49 per year.
Hotmath is based on education research from the 1990's: students learn and retain mathematical concepts better when they can view worked-out solutions to about half of their homework problems. Hotmath, Inc. is based in Kensington, California and was founded in 2000 by math educators.