Teacher and Student Success with Common Core Mathematics Linked to Math Curriculum

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Johns Hopkins University report demonstrates importance of using resources specifically aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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ORIGO Education releases the findings for year two of its three-year research study analyzing the efficacy of its K–5 mathematics curriculum. The research, conducted by Johns Hopkins University, is an ongoing evaluation examining the effectiveness of the Common Core-aligned mathematics curriculum, ORIGO Stepping Stones, on student academic outcomes at Worthington City School District in Ohio. The results demonstrate a successful approach for increasing student achievement and teacher pedagogy.

Teaching for critical thinking is an important aspect of the Common Core, according to the Center for Public Education. Analysis by Johns Hopkins confirms that using the Common Core State Standard for Mathematics (CCSSM) with a specifically aligned product helps students to become more critical math thinkers. By focusing on deep conceptual understanding, students were better equipped to achieve what is required by the Common Core Standards of Mathematics. Teachers in the study reported that after using ORIGO Stepping Stones, their students realized a positive increase in critical thinking and reasoning skills.

“Before using Stepping Stones, our students were very procedural. They knew how to do things to get the right answer, but not necessarily understanding the underlying principles that got them there,” says Jennifer Young, second grade teacher and impact facilitator at Worthington City School District. “With Stepping Stones, students are empowered to figure out their learning first rather than having a teacher showing them how to solve a problem. This enables students to take ownership of the problems and have a productive struggle as they progress through the content.”

Meeting the demands of the Common Core means training teachers and getting them comfortable with new approaches to instruction. This research shows that after using Stepping Stones, teachers reported feeling comfortable using the program with a majority indicating that:

        ·     they enjoyed teaching the program.

        ·     it enhanced their knowledge of math content.

        ·     they were satisfied with the quality of implementation support from ORIGO Education.

Furthermore, over 85 percent of teachers agree that they support the goals of the Stepping Stones program.

“Teachers who participated in our extended interviews suggest that they felt students were engaged with and enjoyed using the program,” said Dr. Roisin Corcoran, assistant professor, School of Education, and director of data analysis at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University. “A majority of principals and teachers alike also recommended the continued use of ORIGO Stepping Stones.”

To read the full interim report visit http://bit.ly/22wDiCm. For more information about ORIGO Stepping Stones, visit http://www.origoeducation.com. To learn more about Young’s experience with Stepping Stones, visit http://bit.ly/22SCSX0.


About ORIGO Education

ORIGO Education covers all facets of elementary mathematics education, from traditional printed products to digital interactive resources and professional learning. ORIGO’s web-based curriculum, Stepping Stones, is a comprehensive core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. The technology-rich program blends online resources with traditional printed materials, resulting in a classroom that is engaged and provides differentiated learning. Professional development videos are embedded within the online program, giving teachers the confidence and knowledge they need to be successful. For more information about Stepping Stones, visit http://www.OrigoEducation.com/SteppingStones.

About Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University is one of the nation’s premier research institutions. Founded 135 years ago as America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins is among the world’s great resources for education, discovery, and public service. Collaboration across academic disciplines and the various campuses, and with colleagues and organizations outside the University, is commonplace. This type of enriching interaction stimulates creativity and innovation, and often leads to exceptional insights and research breakthroughs. Founded in 1909 as the College Courses for Teachers, the Johns Hopkins School of Education's mission is to support and advance the quality of education and human services for the continuous development of children, youth and adults.

The School of Education (SOE) attracts the most innovative and progressive scholars without regard to disciplinary boundaries to solve complex educational problems through discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Grounded in the Johns Hopkins tradition of research and innovation, the SOE's researchers and faculty explore the intersection of scientific research and how it can impact pre-K to higher education. In addition, school partnerships provide demonstration sites to test new and effective approaches to practice and leadership. Many of these partnerships have been recognized and adopted as national models.

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