October 3, 2017
East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project improves mathematics education and scores
Educators, team members and participants in the East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project funded by a $3 million dollar ODE grant attending a culminating event hear the evaluation team's findings, celebrate the work and discuss next steps as the grant funding comes to an end. 

The East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project has completed a three-year, $3 million dollar project to improve mathematics education in East Multnomah County.  The EaMML leadership team includes, Amy McQueen and Steve Vancil from DDSD; Karen Prigodich from CSD; Roxanne Malter and Jackie Cooke (an Oregon Teacher of the Year) from MESD, and Nicole Rigleman and Paul Latiolais from PSU.

The East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project (EaMML) began in 2014 with a grant from the Oregon Department of Education. Both David Douglas and Centennial School Districts saw significant gains in participating students’ math test scores on Smarter Balanced Tests over the three-year period.

The grant has increased the capacity of over 70 K-12 teachers in DDSD and Centennial School Districts (CSD) to more effectively teach math. Both teachers and students were assessed before, during, and at the end of the project. Students were scored using the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The results were on average 34 points higher for EaMML teachers’ students than their peers.

Teachers were assessed using a tool from the University of Michigan called “Learning Math for Teaching,” and for their pedagogical knowledge and skills with the Instructional Quality Assessment. Both measures demonstrated significant increases. Upon completion of the project, participating teachers’ scores were 23 points higher over the three-year period.

“Students whose teachers participated in the EaMML project demonstrated a greater level of improvement in math achievement over time than comparison students,” said Chandra Lewis, from RMC Research who is the grant evaluator.

“As the EaMML grant comes to an end, it is so exciting to see from our collected data the positive impact of this grant,” said Jackie Cooke, EaMML team member. “I know students taking math from EaMML teachers will continue to benefit for years to come. And, the impact goes well beyond the teachers and students in the two participating districts. Over the three years of the grant, I’ve been able to share many exciting grant ideas with educators within our MESD region, across the state, and even nationally.”

“We not only saw statistically significant achievement at the end, but also observed progress early on, and it continued throughout the program,” said Rigelman. This was true for every demographic group that was tracked, she said, but slightly less for students in special education.

The team hosted a culminating event last Thursday, September 28 at the Multnomah County Early Childhood Program to review the evaluation team's findings, celebrate the work and discuss next steps as the grant funding comes to an end. 



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