Grant raises math scores in East Multnomah County

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EaMML leadership team (left to right): Nicole Rigelman (PSU), Amy McQueen (DDSD), Karen Prigodich (CSD), Paul Latiolais (PSU), Chandra Lewis (RMC), Jackie Cooke (MESDD), Steve Vancil (DDSD), and Roxanne Malter (MESD).

PSU faculty member Nicole Rigelman, Curriculum and Instruction, and Amy McQueen, David Douglas School District (DDSD) math specialist, have completed a three-year, $1 million project to improve mathematics education in East Multnomah County. The East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project (EaMML) began in 2014 with a grant from the ODE. Both David Douglas and Centennial School Districts saw significant gains in participating students’ math test scores on Smarter Balanced Tests over the three-year period.

The grant has increased the capacity of over 70 K-12 teachers in DDSD and Centennial School Districts (CSD) to more effectively teach math. Both teachers and students were assessed before, during, and at the end of the project. Students were scored using the Smarter Balanced Assessments. The results were on average 34 points higher for EaMML Teachers’ students than those of their peers. Teachers were assessed using a tool from the University of Michigan called Learning Math for Teaching, and their pedagogical knowledge and skills with the Instructional Quality Assessment. Both measures demonstrated significant increases.

“We not only saw statistically significant achievement at the end but also observed progress early on, and it continued throughout the program,” said Rigelman. This was true for every demographic group that was tracked, she said, but slightly less for students in special education.

DDSD Superintendent Ken Richardson was also enthusiastic about the grant’s success. “The East Metro Mathematics Leadership Project has provided a model for teacher professional learning with a proven impact on student achievement and growth across all student demographics,” he said. “This supports the David Douglas School District’s focus on equity.”

“As the EaMML grant comes to an end, it is so exciting to see from our collected data the positive impact of this grant. I know students taking math from EaMML teachers will continue to benefit for years to come,” said Jackie Cooke, who taught in the program and served on the leadership team.

The EaMML leadership team includes Amy McQueen and Steve Vancil from DDSD; Karen Prigodich from CSD; Roxanne Malter and Jackie Cooke (an Oregon Teacher of the Year) from MESD, and Nicole Rigleman and Paul Latiolais from PSU.

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