Ohio schools will have access to a new, online individualized learning opportunity to accelerate math learning of middle school students statewide.

The new tool, Zearn, offers access to a full K-8 math library of more than 1,000 digital lessons, teaching materials, and ongoing educator training. Zearn will be available to all Ohio districts and schools serving students in grades 6-8 at no cost through June 30, 2025.

“Students deserve every opportunity to succeed, and access to this math program will give teachers another tool to help their students thrive,” said Gov. Mike DeWine.

The state said the investment is part of Future Forward Ohio, which is the state’s plan to help students recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One priority of Future Forward Ohio is to provide students with tools to accelerate their learning, both for literacy and numeracy,” said Dr. Chris Woolard, interim superintendent of public instruction. “Zearn Math is providing Ohio students increased opportunities to access grade-level math concepts no matter where they are in their math learning journeys.”

The platform is aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Mathematics and is designed for flexible use during the school day as well as with tutoring and outside of school with a parent or caregiver.

“Teachers built Zearn for teaching, and it is heartening to know that it was teachers who originally brought Zearn to Ohio,” said Zearn CEO and Co-Founder Shalinee Sharma. “We know this investment will complement the work of teachers helping to accelerate student math learning.”

The state cited multiple large-scale studies which found that students who consistently used Zearn Math each week grew state math scores 2.5 times more than matched students who did not use Zearn Math.

The program is being supported by the Ohio Department of Education through Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funding.

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