**ERIC Number:**EJ781032

**Record Type:**Journal

**Publication Date:**2007-Oct

**Pages:**6

**Abstractor:**ERIC

**Reference Count:**N/A

**ISBN:**N/A

**ISSN:**ISSN-1073-5836

One Elementary School's Journey from Research to Practice

Mathern, Donna; Hansen, Pia

Teaching Children Mathematics, v14 n3 p146-151 Oct 2007

This article describes the journey one elementary school took to implement a standards-based mathematics program and increase student achievement by putting research into action. After learning that Evansville Elementary School (Evansville, Wyoming) had failed to meet the annual yearly progress (AYP) in mathematics, as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act, a decision was made to adopt a research-based, standards-based mathematics program, and to implement a rigorous professional development model. The following processes were identified as key elements of mathematics instruction: (1) Students build new mathematical knowledge through problem solving; (2) Students make and investigate mathematical conjectures; (3) Students communicate mathematical thinking coherently and clearly to peers and teachers; and (4) Students recognize and use connections among mathematical ideas. It was found that the school's new approach to mathematics resulted in, at times, higher-than-expected growth in students' mathematics achievement scores. (Contains 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Research, Academic Standards, Elementary School Mathematics, Low Achievement, Federal Legislation, Faculty Development, State Standards, Mathematics Instruction, Problem Solving, Mathematics Skills, Thinking Skills, Mathematical Logic, Correlation, Achievement Gains

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-3702; Fax: 703-476-2970; e-mail: orders@nctm.org; Web site: http://www.nctm.org/publications/

**Publication Type:**Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive

**Education Level:**Elementary Education

**Audience:**Teachers

**Language:**English

**Sponsor:**N/A

**Authoring Institution:**N/A

**Identifiers - Location:**Wyoming

**Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs:**No Child Left Behind Act 2001