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Why Early Math Matters

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Local employers stress the importance of basic math skills in all careers versus just those traditionally classified as STEM. Local 2013 data shows that Dallas County students trail the state of Texas average in Math across Grades 3-8 and Algebra I, with one third or less of students achieving the level most aligned with college-readiness on the STAAR assessment.

Starting in the 2014-15 school year, the Partnership will be working with 15 elementary schools in both DeSoto ISD and Grand Prairie ISD in data-supported best practices while providing targeted supports that hope to improve early math outcomes for 8,900 elementary school students. Over the next school year, we will be working with principals to determine the high priority areas for collaboration.

Dallas County Snapshot: Early Math

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of 4th grade students in Dallas County achieved a level of math proficiency indicating they were on track for college
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gap in math proficiency between economically disadvantaged 4th graders and their wealthier peers in Dallas County
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of 4th graders in our DeSoto and Grand Prairie schools achieved a level of math proficiency on track for college
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DeSoto and Grand Prairie 4th graders did not meet the proficiency levels in math indicating they were on track for college

Learn What We’re Doing About It

In close collaboration with district leadership, school principals, and community leaders, the Partnership is working in the following areas around early math education: targeted data analysis, providing quality instruction, building a college-going culture, and engaging students in math education.