The Elephant Age is the average age (in years) that a student outside of our system is doing the same level of mathematics as your student. We calculate the Elephant Age using averages provided by early age education research and from curriculum standards set by federal and state governments for each grade levels.
We recalculate the Elephant Age every time your student passes a milestone by taking the average of the most advanced milestones your student has passed. The Elephant Age graph on the dashboard is also updated by milestone passes.
If your student has many subjects open, it can slow progress on the Elephant Age. This is because the games choose questions from the open subjects at random, so if there are a lot of subjects open, this can inhibit the ability to close milestones in a timely fashion.
Students have the ability to choose the subject of the next question when using the app. Within the games, there is a list of active subjects on the left side of the screen. You will notice that there is a yellow highlight around one of those subjects, indicating that the current question is from that subject. If your student taps or clicks on one of the subjects, the background will highlight, which means that the next question will come from that subject. If the student focuses on a few subjects at a time, overriding the random choice, they will pass milestones faster, causing their Elephant Age to rise faster because they have narrowed their focus to a specific subject area or topic.