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1 Special Education Secondary Math Intervention Committee Information for Curriculum Council 8/17/10

2 Summarize the need and selection process used to identify a secondary math intervention program for special education students. Share information with the curriculum council about TransMath Get feedback from the curriculum council Goal for Today

3 Not a comprehensive Tier 1 curriculum recommendation, but instead a Tier 3 targeted intervention intended to support access to our high school math requirements. Response to the expectation the curriculums address issues related to diversity, inclusion, differentiation Response to achievement gap between students with disabilities and non-disabled peers. Intent of Recommendation

4 Identify Need Achievement gap exists between SWD and non-disabled peers Inconsistent resources for SWD at the secondary level Special education staff requested additional math resources Parents supported secondary math resources as a priority for stimulus money

5 Committee Formation and Goals Committee: Two special education math teacher volunteers per secondary building Meetings held throughout the school year GOALS: Successful completion of general education algebra and geometry Locate an evidence-based, tier 3 replacement curriculum that would target essential skills needed for algebra for students 2 or more years below grade level

6 Procedures Reviewed state and district grade-level standards, MAP and WKCE results Identified critical student needs and strengths and weaknesses of current resources/programs Located sources to identify evidence-based programs and best practices for low-achieving students and students with disabilities (e.g. What Works Clearinghouse, National Math Advisory Panel (2008)- Dept. of Education, Institute for Educ. Sciences, NCTM, NCTM Focal Points, journal articles, research studies, webinars, professors, CESA, DPI, vendors/reps of various programs)

7 Procedures, continued Math Interventions-newer RtI area; many new programs; few tier 3 core replacement programs More scientific research is needed Pilots and other programs previewed lacked some critical features needed for students with disabilities

8 Final Selection Process NCTM Rubric was utilized for evaluation of final interventions under consideration Reps presented programs; question-answer sessions; discussion among teachers; unanimous agreement; WI districts using TransMath were contacted for input TransMath: Cambium Learning/Voyager/Sopris West-specialize in low-achieving students and students with disabilities

9 TransMath, 2010 Tier 3 intervention program for students two or more years below grade level who lack foundational skills needed for algebra Fewer topics taught in greater depth, targeted instruction and acceleration of skills in the proper learning sequence 3 volumes, grades 5-8: Developing Number Sense, Making Sense of Rational Numbers, Understanding Algebraic Expressions

10 Trans Math, continued Two topics per lesson break learning into smaller parts, avoiding cognitive overload and increasing engagement: Part l - Conceptual Learning; Part 2- Problem-Solving Applications Varied visual representations Distributed practice Ongoing communication throughout lessons Frequent assessments; online assessment system: records, tracks, reports test results for individual, class, building, district.

11 Research Two studies demonstrated greater increases in math achievement in low achieving students and students with disabilities than comparison group, including positive attitude towards math TransMath was cited a number of times by the Task Group on Instructional Practices on the National Advisory Panels Final Report (2008)

12 Cost and Training Program Costs, including supplemental fact fluency program and additional student replacement sets for 2011: $37, days professional on-site training: $5,000 Potential to network with other districts using TransMath to defray costs of training

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