As we all know, the pandemic had a significant impact on student achievement in mathematics. NSPS is committed to closing the gaps that resulted from the interruption of learning. To address this issue, NSPS has implemented a comprehensive approach that includes adopting high-quality curriculum, intervention structures and strategies, increasing time on learning, implementing diagnostic assessments, and providing high-impact tutoring. Based on internal diagnostic data, we have seen steady gains in our students' knowledge and skills.
One of the key pillars in improving math achievement is adopting a high-quality curriculum. A well-structured curriculum ensures that students are exposed to essential mathematical concepts in a coherent and progressive manner. NSPS utilizes curricula programs that focus on conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge and application of knowledge learned. NSES has implemented the Eureka high-quality curriculum and NSMS and NSHS implement the Envison math program. Both programs align with state and national standards and provide a clear roadmap for teachers. Our high-quality curriculum materials engage students, promote critical thinking, and foster a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.
Not all students grasp mathematical concepts at the same pace. To address the needs of struggling learners, intervention strategies are essential. These strategies should include small-group instruction, one-on-one support, and differentiated teaching strategies. Our targeted interventions have helped bridge gaps in understanding and prevent students from falling behind in math.
Increasing Time on Learning
Math achievement is directly related to the amount of time students spend on learning the subject. NSPS has prioritized math education by allocating sufficient instructional time and resources. Extended math classes, after-school programs, and summer math programs are provided to students allowing additional opportunities to practice and reinforce their skills.
Implementing Diagnostic Assessments
To make informed decisions about instruction and intervention, diagnostic assessments are crucial. These assessments help educators identify students' strengths and weaknesses in math. By analyzing the data from the iReady diagnostic assessments, teachers tailor their teaching methods to meet the specific needs of each student.Also, educators use data to track progress over time and adjust their lessons accordingly.
This Fall we will receive our state's RICAS data. RICAS is the annual assessment taken by Rhode Island students in grades 3-8 for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. NSPS will analyze the results by subcategory to identify strengths and areas of weakness to inform and fine-tune programming.
Clare Arnold, Assistant Superintendent