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1Interventions and Grant WritingJanelle A PenaAmerican College of EducationResource and Fiscal ManagementEL 5723Dr. Henry St. PierreNovember 30th, 2020
2Interventions and Grant WritingThe school improvement plan (SIP) at Robert Morgan Educational Center (RMEC) has identified several areas of concern to focus interventions to improve student achievement. The data within the SIP indicated the greatest need in geometry with the data revealing a 7% decreasein student proficiency rate on the End of the Course exam (Miami Dade County Public Schools, 2019). Geometry having suffered the largest decrease in student achievement on state assessments, it was determined that geometry would be the instructional improvement target. Upon identifying the geometry courses as the instructional improvement target, research began toidentify effective interventions on student achievement in mathematics with a focus on geometry and the development of an action plan to improve mathematics scores. Finding no significant intervention for geometry, focused was placed on algebraic skills and general mathematics foundations to improve the overall mathematics scores for the school. Part 1: InterventionDescription: “Cognitive Tutor is a secondary mathematics curriculum developed by Carnegie Learningthat focuses on how students think about and learn mathematics” (What Works Clearinghouse, 2016, p. 1). Cognitive Tutor was recently renamed Carnegie Learning High School Math Solutions (Evidence for ESSA, 2020). Carnegie Learning provides students with engaging real-world examples, opportunities for cooperative learning, and a 1-to-1 math coaching software designed to provided individualized support (Carnegie Learning, 2020). The program focuses on active learning and data driven instruction with the use of its consumable workbooks and its
3coaching software. Teachers will be empowered with data to personalize and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of the students. Website Link: Research that supports the intervention: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) encourages the use of instructional strategies and programs backed by research-based evidence. Evidence for ESSA (2020) is dedicated to identifying programs that meet the ESSA evidence standards and provide educators the information needed to choose programs and strategies that meet the requirements of ESSA. According to Evidence for ESSA (2020), Carnegie Learning High School Math Solutions received a “strong” rating for its positive effects in Algebra I. The Rand Corporation (2013) conducted a study that revealed the Carnegie Learning High School Math Solutions to have positive effects in Algebra I and to be potentially positive for student achievement in mathematics and other subjects due to its personalized blended-learning approach.