ERIC Number: ED435726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Austin Collaborative for Mathematics Education, Case Study, 1998-99. Publication Number 98.08.
Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.
The Austin Collaborative for Mathematics Education (ACME) of the Austin Independent School District (AISD), Texas, is a systemwide initiative to support the implementation of the curriculum and appropriate use of resources, thus improving instruction in all K-8 mathematics classrooms in the district. The initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation with AISD supplements, provides long-term, high-quality professional development to build the capacity of all AISD mathematics teachers. The professional development focuses on the standards for mathematics education set by the state and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. A case study was conducted to examine in-depth factors that contribute to districtwide implementation of the AISD curriculum on individual campuses through skills and knowledge that teachers gain in ACME professional development. Evaluators gathered information through multiple site visits to nine AISD campuses with interviews with principals and teachers and surveys completed by teachers. The case study showed that mathematics lessons of teachers at all the schools manifested a range in standards-based mathematics curriculum and instruction. Differences in implementation levels emerged by teacher, and not by school. In general, the study did not reveal differences between schools with whole-school and grade-by-grade implementation, although schools with whole-school implementation did receive more support from the AISD. Teachers who implemented the program most effectively believed in the philosophy of standards-based mathematics education and were enthusiastic about the curriculum. Teachers who reported that they like the curriculum resources, were more likely to use them. Recommendations are made to improve the professional education offered under ACME. Appendixes contain principal and teacher interviews, the campus questionnaire, and a diagram of teacher collaboration at one school. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.