Math: Curriculum and Instruction Results
Not only has the district seen a dramatic increase in the number of students and families served, we have also seen a significant increase in the learning and achievement of students in the area of math.
After a curriculum review of math was completed in 2006, Everyday Math materials were purchased for use in grades K-5 as the primary resource for teachers to implement the math curriculum. Several years later, sixth grade teachers and students also began using the materials. Today, after the implementation of the Iowa Core Curriculum, Everyday Math is still used as the primary resource for teachers to use with students in grades K-6. The program is engineered to deepen conceptual understanding through powerful, research-based activities and small-group work to strengthen understanding while helping your children learn to think creatively about math problems. The scope of the content in each grade is focused to help your students experience the standards more deeply and achieve success. In addition to a guaranteed and viable curriculum, K-12 teaching staff continuously monitor actual learning of students using formative assessment practices. They use the formative data to differentiate instruction to meet the learning needs of all students in the classroom in a timely manner.
How does Everyday Math support student success with the Iowa Core?
- The open response in Everyday Math is engineered to meet standards for content and mathematical practices
- The distributed practice approach makes connections between topics and continually returns to organized principles through a spiraled curriculum design
- Opportunities to demonstrate deep conceptual understanding of math concepts are built into the curriculum and instructional practices
What are indicators students are achieving at high levels in math?
- Students completing the ACT college readiness exam outperform students in the state for the past several years (district 23.0, state 21.4)
- In 2011, pre-algebra was added to grade 5 for qualifying students as a result of accelerated learning in grades K-4
- Student achievement data prompted the addition of advanced math courses and clearly defined processes for acceleration in grades 6-12
- Eighth grade students enroll in algebra 1 or advanced courses
- In 2014, 94% of students in grades 9, 10 and 11 scored in the proficient category as measured by the Iowa Assessments
- In 2014, 57.9% of fifth grade students scored above 90% on the Iowa Assessments (an increase of 15.7% from 2013)
Additional information can be found on the district website here.
Additional student achievement data for Waukee and other schools can be found here.