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School Overview

PS 112 Dutch Kills is an elementary school located in Long Island City, NY, in the New York City (NYC) District # 30. The school serves a total of 502 students in grades PK-5 with a total faculty of 39 educators. The school is comprised of a diverse student population with 46% of students being of Hispanic descent, 24% Asian/Island Pacific, 18% Black, and 10% Caucasian. Ninety-four percent of students in the school are eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch.1 Twenty-three percent of students in the school are identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) with 17% of students having a learning disability. 2

knowledge of mathematics, whereas the five Process Standards (Problem Solving, Reasoning and Proof, Communication, Connections, and Representation) express ways students acquire and utilize said math knowledge.5 To gauge student progress toward these standards, the math assessment contains approx. 30-45 multiple choice items, as well as various short response items and long response items in which students compute their own responses as well produce their own work, such as creating graphs. In New York, students test scores can be categorized into one of four levels of mastery: Below Standard (Level 1), Meets Basic Standard (Level 2), Meets Proficiency Standard (Level 3), and Exceeds Proficiency Standard (Level 4). Student Success with Go Math To assess if implementing HMH Go Math had an impact on learning, student test scores from the Spring of 2011 (prior to using the program) and the Spring of 2012 (after the first year of usage) were obtained for students at PS 112 Dutch Kills at grades 3, 4, and 5. These findings are presented in Figure 1.

New York State Assessments

The New York State Assessment Program (NYSTP) was developed to assess students progress toward New York State Learning Standards.3 As part of the states adoption of the Common Core State Standards, since 2010 New York has been improving their assessment program to reflect increased rigor and college and career readiness expectations of students at all grade levels.4 For Mathematics, the NYSTP administers yearly assessments at grades 3-8. These tests are designed to measure gradelevel mathematics expectations in Conceptual Understanding, Procedural Fluency, and Problem Solving. To demonstrate these abilities, students must demonstrate their proficiency in both Content Standards and Process Standards. The five Content Standards (Number Sense and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Statistics and Probability) explicitly describe the grade-level expectations for students

Figure 1 Percent of Students at Levels 3/4

75% 70% 65% 60% 55% 50% 45% 40% 35% 30%


62% 57%

47% 44% 39%

Data based on 2011 School Year and obtained from National Center for Education Statistics ( 2 3 4 4

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5 2011Percent 2012Percent

The comparison of achievement scores revealed that at all grade levels examined, the percentage of students that Met or Exceeded the state Mathematics standards were greater in 2012, after using Go Math, than the previous year with an average gain of over 10%.

This one-year examination of an implementation of HMH Go Math revealed that the program was associated with increased mathematics performance. This case study provides evidence that Go Math is an effective math program.