The Denver Math Fellows program serves to eliminate opportunity gaps by providing students in need with access to small group
instruction in math. Denver Fellows also focus on developing participating students’ character (i.e., growth mindset and
personal success factors), precision (i.e., focus on deliberate practice and consistent feedback), and rigor (i.e., target skills and
concept development through data collection and analysis).
It is important to note that among students who participated in the Math Fellows program there are significantly more students of color (93% in the program) and English Language Learners (40% in the program) and students on Free and Reduced Lunch (90% in the program) than in Denver Public Schools generally.
1. How did students in math fellows perform versus the general students in Denver Public Schools that are not in the math fellows program?
In all grades (4th-8th) students outperformed their peers that were not in the program. The extra instruction was calculated to provide the effects of an additional 118 days of instruction. (2017 state assessment)
The median growth percentile for all 9th graders was 73; 320 9th graders. (2016 state assessment)
3. How did the proficiency of 4th graders compare to their proficiency when in 3rd grade (pre-Math Fellows)?
The proficiency of 4th graders increased by 9 percentage points from their 3rd grade proficiency rate; 1,231 fourth graders. (2014 state assessment)
4. How did the growth of 6th graders compare to their growth when in 5th grade (pre-Math Fellows)?
The median growth percentile increased by 15 points; 1,074 6th graders. (2014 state assessment)
5. How does the growth of students in Math Fellows compare to those not in Math Fellows at specific schools?
At 78% of secondary schools, students in Math Fellows grew more than students who were not in Math Fellows. (2016 state assessment)