Seeking a Math Curriculum That Accelerates Learning
Marcia Crowley, Dean of High School Mathematics at Culberson ISD, first started looking for a better math curriculum when her district shifted the standard path for learning Algebra I to 8th grade. She wanted the proper support for students coming from 7th grade who were not quite ready to jump to Algebra I. At the same time, the district needed to serve students who were prepared for the rigor, but who may need help accelerating their transition from middle- to high-school mathematics.
Ms. Crowley attended a talk given by educators from The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, nationally recognized for research and practice on fostering high achievement at scale in K-12 math and science instruction. The discussion focused on preparing and supporting students transitioning from high school to college-level mathematics without needing costly remediation. As Ms. Crowley quickly learned, the Dana Center had over two decades of experience working with educators and developing programs (in partnership with Agile Mind) supporting middle and high-school mathematics.