Middle school math teachers and Office of Teaching and Learning staff met regularly throughout
the year to improve middle level math instruction.
Department of Defense Grant Funds Math Improvement
Yelm Community Schools received a $353,750 three-year competitive grant from the Department of Defense Education Activities (DoDEA) to improve middle school student achievement in math. This year, 7th – 9th grade math teachers and staff from the Teaching and Learning office met regularly to plan and build “infrastructure” for an improved approach to teaching mathematics using the Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Energetic exchanges and laughter punctuated the monthly meetings while they created a framework for consistent and effective implementation of the new teaching model.
Early results ….
Grant Purpose ...
The focus of this grant is to increase mathematics achievement for military students in grades 7-9. Through the support from DoDEA grant funding, Yelm Community Schools has been able to fully implement Response to Intervention (RTI) at both Ridgeline and Yelm middle schools. Within the system of RTI, teachers identify students at risk for mathematical difficulties, an essential part of effective individualized instruction. The grant enabled YCS to purchase and align instructional programs and methodologies to meet a variety of student learning needs, recognizing that struggling students have different learning styles and needs than students who are typically successful in mathematics. Motivational strategies are employed to engage struggling students and develop their responsibility and ownership in their learning. Teachers have participated in focused, on-going professional development which directly impacts classroom practices and student learning. The grant also monitors student and teacher progress to ensure program effectiveness.
Grant Strategies ...
These strategies incorporate evidence-based recommendations outlined in the report prepared for the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences by the What Works Clearinghouse entitled, Assisting Students Struggling with Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RtI) for Elementary and Middle Schools.
Grant Structure ...
Grant Activities 2010-2011 ...
Grant Activities 2011-2012 ...
Grant Goals ...
Project Outcome (State Assessments):
By June of 2013, 79.3% of students in grades 7-9 in the target schools will meet or exceed state standard on the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) and/or End of Course Exam (EOC), an increase of 28% over the SY08-09 level.
Interim Outcomes (MSP):
By the end of SY10-11, 60.6% of students in grades 7-8 in the target schools will meet or exceed state standard on the MSP, an increase of 9.3% over the SY08-09 level.
Project Outcome (MAP):
By June of 2013, 79.3% of students in grades 7-9 in the target schools will meet or exceed the 50th percentile on a norm-standardized, state-aligned computer based testing system, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), an increase of 18.7% over the Fall 2009 level.
Interim Outcomes (MAP):
By the end of SY10-11, 66.8% of students in grades 7-9 in the target schools will meet or exceed the 50th percentile on Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), an increase of 6.2% over the Fall 2009 level.