Improving Math Scores For Garrison Middle School<br />Presented By Todd A. Kerr<br />AD682.51<br />11.20.2010<br />
Garrison Middle School Demographics<br />.<br />
Personal Interest<br />I was employed as a mathematics teacher at Garrison Middle School from 1996 – 2007.<br />I was interested in the progress of the school from the time which I taught there until now.<br />
Analysis Of Data<br />Only 19.8% of the students in the school are scoring in the proficient and advanced categories.<br />My specific focus will be on the 8th grade performance on the MSA which is a good indicator of a students ability moving into High School.<br />
8th grade compared to the rest of the school<br />The eighth grade is under performing compared to the rest of the school<br />Only 14.1% of the eight grades at Garrison Middle School have achieved<br />scores that would be considered proficient or advanced. That’s about 6% less than the rest of the school. <br />
Mathematics Improvement Targets<br />AYP Mathematics Target for the 8th grade has to be to make improvements of at least 20%. This may not bring Garrison current with the AMO but I believe it will help the school to reach AYP. <br />By June 2012 the 8th grade will improve the percentages of proficient and advanced scores on the MSA from 14.1% to 35%. <br />
Mathematics Intervention Plan<br />Garrison should implement a time (maybe the last fifteen minutes) in class when students can start their homework in order to be able to ask questions of the teacher while still in class.<br />At the end of the day Garrison should make a classroom (s) available in order for students to have a space to get homework and other school-related work completed.<br />For those eighth graders who are scoring proficient to advanced on the MSA offer opportunities to tutor his/her peers. <br />
Mathematics Intervention Plan Cont’d<br />Garrison may want to take a look at the schools that have similar 8th grade populations to theirs and examine what those schools are doing differently within the curriculum.<br />Garrison should also reexamine it’s use of technology throughout the school to be sure that best practices are in place along with updated hardware and software.<br />
Teachers should…<br />Understand what the targets are for the eighth grade.<br />Teach and assess the the content standards the students are expected to know.<br />Know where each of their students is in relationship to the content standards.<br />Use that information to inform their instruction.<br />Monitor student progress in a format that will inform instruction and program interventions.<br />
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