ERIC Number: ED441896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Getting to the Right Algebra: The Equity 2000 Initiative in Milwaukee Public Schools. MDRC Working Papers.
Ham, Sandra; Walker, Erica
This paper describes the Milwaukee Public Schools' involvement in Equity 2000, a standards-based reform initiative to enhance mathematics education and achievement among students of color, thereby increasing their likelihood of college enrollment and completion. The study highlights efforts to support and sustain a key component of Equity 2000: districtwide policy change to end tracking and raise academic standards for all students, beginning with the requirement that all students complete algebra by 9th grade and geometry by 10th grade, and including curriculum reform to reflect National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards. Section 1, "Introduction," presents key themes. Section 2 discusses "Equity 2000: Policy Rationale and Implementation in Milwaukee." Section 3 discusses "Increasing Student Achievement in Mathematics." Section 4, "Barriers to Student Achievement in Mathematics," discusses student attendance and preparation in mathematics, large class size and meeting diverse learning needs, and limitations on building teacher capacity. Section 5, "Getting to the Right Algebra," discusses algebra curriculum content, when algebra should be taught, and how algebra should be taught. Section 6 discusses "The Legacy of Equity 2000 in Milwaukee." Two appendixes offer the context of reform in Milwaukee's schools and other professional development math initiatives in Milwaukee Public Schools. (Contains 58 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Algebra, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Education, Minority Group Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed At Risk, Baltimore, MD.; College Board, New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Manpower Demonstration Research Corp., New York, NY.