“It is with great pleasure that I HIGHLY recommend and acknowledge the amazing Math Fellows program. The Math Fellows program is awesome and I am so grateful that our students had the opportunity to participate.” - ES Principal

Focus Areas and Prior Year Results

Focus Areas, 2016-2017

Standards Implementation Through increased alignment with core math and literacy classes we will provide students with the gateway skills and additional time on grade level standards needed to accelerate student growth.

Math and Literacy Lab Mindset All team members will develop a mindset of continual improvement and work side by side with students to cultivate a growth mindset in math and literacy lab.

Data Driven Instruction All team members will engage with data to identify areas of focus for instruction and opportunities for adjustment to meet the academic needs of all students in math and literacy lab.

People and Culture Ensure collective commitment to program to work together for student success.

 

Results, 2015-2016 

During the 2015-2016 school year math fellows were deployed in 56 schools in Denver Public Schools.  Fellows work with students for 30-45 minutes daily for the entire school year.  The focus of this time is on accelerating academic growth by focusing on both foundational skill/concept mastery and grade level content.  Fellows work with students in grades 2-9.

MAP In order to measure foundational skill and concept mastery the program uses NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) three times per year.  MAP measures within year growth on foundational math skills and concepts.

CMAS Math In order to measure year to year growth on grade level content the program uses the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS).  This is the first year that growth data for this assessment has been available.

Whole Child The math fellow program employed approximately 300 full time fellows last year who, in addition to academics, were selected based on their ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with students and hold students to high expectations.  The mentoring impact of the fellow role on the whole child is measured through student surveys and that data is included here as well.

Initial Takeaways, 2015-2016 Math Fellow Growth Data

1.MAP growth was above average in grades 4, 6, 7 and 8.

2.CMAS Math growth was above average in grades 8 and 9.

3.CMAS Math MGP for 9th grade (320 students) was 73.

4.At 15 elementary schools (60% of participating elementary schools with data available) the CMAS Math MGP of students served by math fellows was greater than the MGP of students not served by math fellows at those schools.

5.At 14 secondary schools (78% of participating secondary schools with data available) the CMAS Math MGP of students served by math fellows was greater than the MGP of students not served by math fellows at those schools.

6.Favorable ratings (Strongly Agree/Agree) were 85% or higher on 11 of 12 indicators from the end of year student survey.

Note: Results for Denver Literacy Fellows will be available upon the completion of the 2016-2017 school year as this is the first full year of program implementation.