More Good News: Middle School Students’ Scores Jump with Eureka Math

Good news just keeps rolling in: Students in Partnership Schools who started using Eureka Math last year showed an 8% improvement in seventh grade and a 10% improvement in eighth grade on the end-of-year New York state math test over the previous year students:

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Partnership schools, a network of six catholic schools in New York city, implemented Eureka Math in 2015-2016 in seventh and eighth grade and are now extending the curriculum to other grades in 2016-2017.

Kathleen Porter-Magee, the network’s superintendent and chief academic officer, describe her program and their choice for going with Eureka Math,

“We want to make sure that all teachers of core content areas have access to the programs and resources they need to effectively teach the content and standards. That was our frame when choosing a curriculum. Eureka effectively gets those resources to teachers. It requires so much less supplementing and triaging and borrowing from other places than what we had before.”

Lauren DelFavero, director of math achievement for the  parternship, added,

“Since we implemented Eureka, we’ve seen a lot of benefits. It breaks things down to build up student skills over time. The lessons are aligned to the standards and are really linear, so it’s easy for teachers to follow.”

As schools build success with the PK-8 Eureka Math curriculum, they are starting to see the benefits of a curriculum centered around a coherent story: A story of units in grades PK-5 and a story of ratios in grades 6-8.  The next step in implementing Eureka for many school districts is high school.  The same great features (and more) in the Eureka’s high school curriculum, A Story of Functions, are designed to help students transition to college and life.  For example, did you know that all the mathematical definitions and facts in Eureka’s high school curriculum are carefully crafted to match the most-often-used first year college textbooks?  Students can confidently start university prepared for the content they will learn there–something that hasn’t always been true with previous high school curricula.

Congratulations go to the teachers and administrators of Partnership Schools for such positive growth in their students! Well done, teachers, well done.

Want to learn more about Partnership Schools?  Please read the full article from Great Minds about their growth here.

pekka-halonen-1916 Painting by Pekka Halonen, 1916

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2 Responses to More Good News: Middle School Students’ Scores Jump with Eureka Math

  1. Mary says:

    How can Eureka be implemented in a freshmen algebra1 course this semester?
    Students have not had eureka math at all
    Urnan suburban public hs.

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    • It’s probably too much to start using Eureka this semester (Spring 2017) since it does take some planning. However, you can start to look through the modules and using modules as needed in your coursework. I would start in the eighth grade since a lot of the “pre-2010” freshman course can be found there. So, if you need a chapter on exponents, start with Grade 8 Module 1, and so on. This will get you and your teachers familiar with the material and give you time to better plan out next year more fully.

      Hope this advice helps.


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