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Getting All Kids to Graduation: The High Stakes of Failure in Algebra I. Presentation to MASB October 31, 2008 Judy Bonne, Wayne RESA Gayle Green, Macomb ISD Ron Koehler, Kent ISD Karen Szcodronski, Traverse Bay ISD.

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getting all kids to graduation the high stakes of failure in algebra i

Getting All Kids to Graduation: The High Stakes of Failure in Algebra I

Presentation to MASB

October 31, 2008

Judy Bonne, Wayne RESA

Gayle Green, Macomb ISD

Ron Koehler, Kent ISD

Karen Szcodronski, Traverse Bay ISD

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“Using data can make an enormous difference in school reform efforts by…replacing hunches and hypotheses with facts concerning what changes are needed.”

Victoria Berhardt, Executive Director,

Education for the Future Initiative

“The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master’s ear.”

Walter Lippman, U.S. journalist, 1914

When you see what is right, have the courage to do it.

Chinese proverb (Confucian Analects)

michigan merit curriculum 2006
Michigan Merit Curriculum 2006
  • New graduation requirements, including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II for all students
  • New high school course content expectations, much more rigorous than before
  • New state test at the high school level, including a college admissions section (ACT) and a work readiness assessment (Work Keys)

We are in year 2 --how are we doing?

isd data collection project
ISD Data Collection Project
  • 5 ISD’s agreed to collaborate to the highest degree possible in collecting data to answer the question
  • Kent (6), Macomb (28), Traverse Bay (5), Wayne (12) and Washtenaw (0).
  • Technology staff at all five ISD’s worked together to make data collection as easy as possible for the schools.
  • Despite different software packages and operating systems, data collection went smoothly.
  • Participation was voluntary and individual results strictly confidential.
results
Results
  • 51 schools participated
  • Total enrollment: 56,590 students
kids in the bubble class of 2011
Kids in the “Bubble”: Class of 2011

How many 9th graders failed 1 or more classes in 2007-08?

35.9%

16,758 in Class of 2011: 35.9% = 6016 off track for graduation with their class!

Immediate problem? Credit Recovery

Future solution? Intervention to prevent failure

support for struggling math students

Support for Struggling Math Students

Credit Recovery

Interventions

Future Initiatives

credit recovery
Credit Recovery
  • Nova Net
  • E2020
  • Plato
  • MVU
  • 7th Hour, Zero Hour classes
  • Traditional summer school
  • Dual enrollment
interventions
Interventions
  • Double block scheduling
  • Summer School
  • Algebra boot camp
  • Pre-high school programs
  • Freshman academy
  • Carnegie Math/Math Labs
  • After-school tutoring & targeted testing retakes
more interventions
More Interventions

Early identification in middle schools

Personal education plans based on learning styles

CTE and other interest-oriented programming that includes core content

Regional pre-high school programming; 5th year pre-college programming that combines CTE and dual-enrollment opportunities

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It All Comes Down to Quality Instruction

We should be using results to inform classroom practice. The results are only useful if we use them to “…change instruction tomorrow.” Michael Fullan

principles of teaching and learning
Principles of Teaching and Learning

Higher order thinking and problem solving

Deep knowledge

Substantive conversation

Connections to the world beyond the classroom

where do we go from here
Where Do We Go from Here?

Ongoing Professional Development

PreAlgebra Teaching Strategies

Functions Approach to Algebra

K-12 Focus on Mathematics Best Practices