Students Show Above Average Growth on Math Skills Test
JACKSON, TN - A majority of elementary students in the Jackson-Madison County School System are improving their math skills at a rate faster than the national average. An end-of-year skills assessment administered to all 5,800 elementary school students showed that approximately 55% of students exceeded the national average for math skills growth rate, and approximately 80% scored high enough to be considered at "low risk" for math intervention needs. This data comes as the district nears the end of the second full year of using Eureka Math curriculum in all schools.
"Anytime we see growth on our testing across grade bands, it affirms the strong curriculum in place and consistent great teaching within our schools is moving us in the right direction. We are so proud of the work that is being done each and every day in JMCSS" stated Mrs. Catherine Korth, Leader of Assessment and Accountability for JMCSS.
The skills assessment taken by all students, AIMSWeb, is a nationally normed test that assesses grade level skills in math and reading. The test is administered three times per year and used to determine which students need additional intervention.
"Although we are still early in our process of implementing new curriculum and our instructional framework, we are excited to see this kind of growth from our students" reflected Dr. Jared Myracle, Chief Academic Officer for JMCSS. "Over the past two years our teachers have done a great job pushing our students and holding high expectations for them as we began our process."
Apart from improved math skills on tests, teachers are noticing the difference on a day-to-day basis in their classrooms. "The math curriculum we use is set up in a way that always teaches with the same powerful elements in each lesson along with literacy, the mixing of numbers and words, to allow students in meaningful and practical mystery of the lessons" commented Rhea Fuller, 2nd grade teacher at Denmark Elementary.
Additional assessment data will be released later this summer.