An Innovative Approach to Instruction and Measurement
A Wayzata, Minnesota, High School Reverses Low Math Performance
Wayzata high school offers a rigorous math program in which most students complete a full year of math in a single semester through a block schedule. During the '09-'10 school year, the school introduced an innovative program designed to support its lowest-scoring, ninth grade math students.
The high school piloted MAP math 6+ in tandem with the launch of this special program to measure how individual students were being reached and influenced. Students tested at the start and finish of ninth grade averaged an improvement of seven RIT points -- an extraordinary growth measure far beyond the norm. When this accomplishment was duplicated the following academic year by another group of students, educators concluded that the program was making a significant difference.