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
of 4th grade students in Dallas County achieved a level of math proficiency indicating they were on track for college
gap in math proficiency between economically disadvantaged 4th graders and their wealthier peers in Dallas County
of 4th graders in our DeSoto and Grand Prairie schools achieved a level of math proficiency on track for college
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.
Early Math Education Pillars
Learn how we use data to help leaders pinpoint opportunities to enhance student outcomes.
Data AnalysisOnce a month, we meet with principals to analyze early math data (including Common Assessments and blended learning tools) to identify areas of strength and opportunities.
Ensuring that education beyond high school is an aspiration for all of our children.
College Going Culture The Commit! Partnership, through its work with the College Football Playoff Foundation, has worked to create a college going culture across all 15 schools.
Beginning this school year, the Partnership will be working with 15 elementary schools in DeSoto ISD and Grand Prairie ISD to improve early math outcomes for 8,900 elementary school students. With the strategic guidance of the Grades 4-12 Support Council, we’ve laid the groundwork for a successful partnership by: (1) using data to uncover effective practices for outlier schools in the county, (2) building a partnership with two districts and (3) creating a learning community across all fifteen schools in the county.
Leveraging data to identify professional development opportunities for teachers.
Quality InstructionThe partnership is working with districts to identify targeted instructional support for teachers around the areas of mindset, practice, and content.
Finding new ways to reach students and deliver material for the 21st Century.
Student EngagementThe partnership is currently working with the Perot Museum and other community organizations to find ways to make math more real for all students.
We are currently in the process of working with principals to analyze disaggregated data and set goals for Year 1. Thus far, principals have been enthused about the focus on math education and have started to develop some innovative ideas. We’re excited to be working with two forward-thinking districts dedicated to improving achievement for its students, and we look forward to sharing more as this network develops.
Early Math News and Events
Summertime is when the opportunity gap grows widest; some children have access to summer learning experiences while far too many do not. And these hours of learning loss add up, year after year. In Dallas, [...]
During the 2014-2015 school year, the Commit! Partnership began working with 7 elementary campuses in DeSoto ISD to increase student math achievement. As part of the partnership, principals reviewed data, visited high-performing outlier schools, and [...]
The Commit! Partnership believes poverty is not destiny. While students at schools with high levels of poverty generally perform lower on standardized assessments than their high-income peers, there are schools across Dallas-Fort Worth with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students succeeding academically and even outperforming their high-income peers.
With our fifteen Early Math Network principals from DeSoto and Grand Prairie ISDs, we set out to learn what practices from these high-performing outlier schools could be shared and implemented across Dallas County. During the past two months, over 25 campus leaders, district administrators, and teachers visited seven elementary schools in four districts: Fort Worth ISD (Briscoe Elementary, Peak Elementary, Moore Elementary), Dallas ISD (John Adams Elementary, Knight Elementary), Lancaster ISD (Lancaster Elementary), and Uplift Education (Peak Preparatory).
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