The approach used in Dropkick Math Academy respects what we know about how students learn by sequencing the content in a developmentally appropriate way and providing alternatives in approach that allow for conceptual understanding.

Dropkick Math Academy has a solid research foundation that reflects the following:

- developmental learning of mathematics
- recognized common areas of difficulty in mathematics that students have, and research in best instructional practices for addressing these areas of difficulty;
- current research around how to support students who are struggling in math; in particular, addressing both different learning styles and alternative strategies for learning a mathematical concept

Current research on supporting struggling students suggests the need to incorporate the following in any remediation program:

- Differentiated Programming
- Conceptually-based explicit instruction
- Visual representation
- Meaningful practice
- Scaffolding
- Math Discussion

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