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Math Scores Rise Quickly after Missouri District Implements Comprehensive Program in Elementary Schools: Everyday Mathematics 4 Was Selected by Columbia Public Schools after Rigorous Review

Magazine article District Administration

Math Scores Rise Quickly after Missouri District Implements Comprehensive Program in Elementary Schools: Everyday Mathematics 4 Was Selected by Columbia Public Schools after Rigorous Review

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The process to select a new elementary math program for Columbia Public Schools began four years ago. K12 Math Coordinator Dana Hibbard located the highestperforming schools in Missouri and selected their top two math programs for piloting in her district of 18,555 students.

It's been barely a year that Everyday Mathematics 4 has been in all K5 classrooms in Columbia, but Hibbard has already seen dramatic evidence it was the right choice.

The average scale scores on Renaissance Star Math computer-adaptive assessments went up for students in grades 2 through 5 from January 2017 to January 2018. Specifically, student scores in second grade went from 374.2 to 498.1; third grade, from 481.9 to 576.9; fourth grade, 568.5 to 649.9; and fifth grade, 640.3 to 712.7.

"We're doing the right thing,"says Judi Privitt, assistant coordinator for K5 math. "We're making great progress."

Research-based instruction

Everyday Mathematics 4 is a comprehensive K6 math program that provides multiple pathways to learning to help teachers meet the needs of every student in their classroom. The program features a robust set of assessment tools as well as an online evaluation and reporting system that provides a wealth of information teachers can use to drive instruction.

The program's defining feature is its spiral. Everyday Mathematics 4 distributes learning and practice of each standard across multiple lessons and units, which decades of research has proven is the most effective way for children to learn.

"Teachers really like that they can work on a standard, then later, the same standard will come up for students to developmentally process and learn," Privitt says. "The online planner has everything teachers need to teach a lesson, so they don't have to find different web sources."

And interactive games offer fun ways for students to work on skills in school or at home. …

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