Washington Schools Achieve 'Distinction' with National Science Foundation-Funded Math Programs

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Students Learning with Pearson's Investigations in Number, Data and Space and Connected Mathematics Score in Top 5% on Washington Assessment of Student Learning.

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We are confident that Pearson's innovative math programs will continue to make significant contributions to students' academic success throughout the state.

Twenty-six schools whose students are learning with Pearson's Investigations in Number, Data and Space elementary school curriculum and Connected Mathematics (CMP) middle school program were among the ninety-eight Washington state schools that recently received the 2008 State Superintendent's Learning Improvement Award for outstanding academic growth. Both Investigations and Connected Math were created with funding from the National Science Foundation.

All schools received the award and the designation of "School of Distinction" from Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson. "This award celebrates the real gains these schools have made, gains that aren't recognized by the federal No Child Left Behind law or its 'Adequate Yearly Progress' calculations," said Bergeson in her awards presentation.

To be considered for the award, schools were required to exceed the state average performance in fourth, seventh, or tenth grade reading and math, as measured by the spring 2008 Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). Schools that met the average performance requirements were then evaluated for WASL performance during the last six years. Results in grades four, seven, and ten were evaluated as those are the only grade levels with six years of trend data. The top five percent of elementary, middle and high schools, as well as alternative schools, were given awards.

"This recognition further validates the research findings that these National Science Foundation-funded programs promote a deep understanding of math concepts and problem-solving skills," said Mike Evans, Pearson School Senior Vice President for Mathematics. We congratulate these students and their teachers on this honor."

"These schools have demonstrated real academic growth, and this award reflects the hard work that teachers and students alike have done to succeed," said Dorothy Kulwin, Pearson's Washington representative. "We are confident that Pearson's innovative math programs will continue to make significant contributions to students' academic success throughout the state."

Investigations in Number, Data and Space is a complete K-5 mathematics curriculum, developed at the nonprofit TERC research center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is designed to help all children understand fundamental ideas of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement and early algebra.
Developed at Michigan State University, the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) is a complete mathematics curriculum for middle school. CMP is currently used in over half the schools in the state. The program helps students and teachers develop understanding of foundational mathematical concepts, skills, procedures, and ways of thinking and reasoning, in number, geometry, measurement, algebra, probability and statistics.

The award-winning schools using Investigations in Number, Data and Space and Connected Mathematics (CMP) are:

  •     Indian Trail Elementary (Spokane) - Investigations
  •     Odessa Middle School (Odessa) -CMP
  •     Nob Hill Elementary (Yakima) -Investigations
  •     Southwood Elementary (Enumclaw) - Investigations
  •     Louisa May Alcott Elementary (Lake Washington) - Investigations/CMP
  •     Horace Mann Elementary (Lake Washington) - Investigations/CMP
  •     Henry David Thoreau Elementary (Lake Washington) - Investigation/CMP
  •     Briarcrest Elementary (Shoreline) - CMP
  •     Sherman Elementary (Tacoma) - Investigations
  •     Skyline Elementary (Tacoma) - Investigations
  •     Goldendale Middle School (Goldendale) - CMP
  •     Walter Strom Middle School (Cle Elum-Roslyn) - CMP
  •     Woodland Intermediate School (Woodland) -Investigations
  •     Green Mountain School (Green Mountain) - Investigations/CMP
  •     Madison Middle School (Seattle) - CMP
  •     Washington Middle School (Seattle) - CMP
  •     Paterson Elementary (Paterson) - Investigations
  •     Sunnycrest Elementary (Lake Stevens) - Investigations
  •     Glenwood Elementary (Lake Stevens) - Investigations
  •     Nooksack Elementary (Nooksack) - Investigations
  •     Nooksack Valley Middle School (Nooksack) - CMP
  •     Evergeen Elementary (Sedro-Woolley) - Investigations
  •     Dutch Hill Elementary (Snohomish) - Investigations
  •     Post Middle School (Arlington) - Investigations/CMP
  •     Gateway Middle School (Everett) - Investigations/CMP
  •     Heatherwood Middle School (Everett) -Investigations/CMP

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