K - 12
8th Grade Math Proficiency
What we know:
In 2010-2011, less than half (48 percent) of 8th grade students in Columbus City Schools were deemed proficient in mathematics, compared to a 74 percent statewide average.
Why this matters:
According to studies conducted by ACT, 8th grade achievement in major subject areas such as math and science predict a student’s college and career readiness by high school graduation. Also, in 2011, the National Governors Association reported that in the past decade, STEM jobs grew three times faster than non-STEM jobs. This research shows that falling behind early not only leaves students at risk for staying behind, but it also creates difficulty finding a job.
Summer Learning Loss
It’s important for student success that learning continues during the summer months outside of school walls so learning remains active. All students experience learning loss when they are not engaged in educational activities during the summer (National Summer Learning Loss Association).
Most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematics computation skills over the summer months and low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains. Summer learning opportunities for intervention, enrichment, or acceleration along with summer feeding and health programs are essential to keep students on track to achieve. Sustained summer learning opportunities are essential to student success. Learning during the summer months is a key factor in maintaining skills.
What Learn4Life will do to reach mathematics goal:
- Identify evidence-based practices proven to assist students who need additional assistance in mathematics education
- Work with Columbus City Schools and community-based programs to increase their effectiveness in assisting students that receive tutoring and/or mentoring services.
What Learn4Life will do to reach Summer Learning Loss goal:
- Working with existing centers and programs addressing the issue of Summer Learning Loss to identify students most in need
- Work toward shared outreach strategies to ensure that students most in need receive summer services
- Work with the community to create meaningful linkages among summer programs, schools, and community agencies
- Identify strategies to measure effectiveness
partnership 4 student success
The purpose of the Partnership 4 Student Success strategy is to help schools and community partners have more comprehensive information on students and ensure they have access to coordinated and quality services to help them achieve success in school. This will be done through a data integration strategy that supports continuous improvement and data driven decision-making. This effort aligns with the Learn4Life Learning Partner Dashboard strategy.