Baltimore Character School Achieves Gains Using Waggle

City Springs Elementary/Middle School sees dramatic increase in math and reading scores

"Waggle provides every student with smart personalized practice and instruction in a safe learning environment to engage them in productive struggle and promote deeper learning."
“The students looked forward to Waggle every day and worked hard.”

City Springs Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore saw significant academic gains among its students after using Waggle, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools. The smart practice solution utilizes productive struggle and in-the-moment instruction to provide students with challenging practice in a supportive environment to master mathematics and English language arts skills.

City Springs Elementary/Middle School is a high-poverty Baltimore City Public Charter School operated by the Baltimore Curriculum Project with 743 students in grades PK–8, 99 percent of whom utilize the free or reduced lunch program. After the school’s first year using Waggle, they saw dramatic increases in the number of students meeting projected growth in Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) scores from the Northwest Evaluation AssociationTM, the school’s interim assessment, over the prior year in reading and math. In reading, the percentage of students meeting projected growth increased 25 percent or more in every grade, for 2015 with Waggle compared to 2014 without Waggle. In math, the increase was more than 20 percent in every grade except grade 7, where there was a 13 percent increase.

Principal Rhonda Richetta noted that these were the highest gains that they have experienced to date and felt that Waggle played a significant role in the student outcomes.

“This was different from our previous online learning experiences,” said Tiffany Key, third-grade teacher at City Springs. “The students looked forward to Waggle every day and worked hard. We saw significant improvement.”

“City Springs is an excellent example of the success students can experience when working in Waggle and engaging in productive struggle,” said Aoife Dempsey, CTO at Triumph Learning. “By being able to practice in an online environment that promotes persistence and rewards for effort and proficiency, students are mastering skills and becoming comfortable with more rigorous online assessments.”

Based on this success, the school will continue to use Waggle as part of its daily instruction throughout the 2015-16 school year.

Learn more about City Springs’ success with Waggle in this case study conducted by Interactive Educational Systems Design (IESD) at

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Waggle is a personalized, smart practice solution for mathematics and English language arts that launched in 2014 and has already garnered numerous accolades, including ISTE 2015 Best of Show, 2016 Teacher’s Choice Award, and District Administration’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products. Waggle creates a safe and positive environment for students to explore tasks beyond their reach and engage in productive struggle. Providing educators with insightful and intuitive information, Waggle is an effective tool for formative assessment and differentiated instruction. Waggle has delivered over 10 million personalized recommendations, paving unique, personalized pathways to meet each student where they are. Experience the difference at