CMS partners with organizations to enhance math and science curriculum

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Sept. 8, 2009 – A report on math and science initiatives was presented to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education at its Sept. 8 meeting. Refining math and expanding science curriculum is part of the district’s Strategic Plan 2010: Educating Students to Compete Locally, Nationally and Internationally. To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

End-Of-Grade test results from the 2008-2009 school year show improvement in both areas. District wide composite scores in math for grades three through eight show an eight-point gain over the past three years. Students who are performing at or above grade level increased from 64 to 72 percent. The district has set a 2010 goal of schools meeting an 88 percent proficiency rate in math.

The district composite score in science for grades five and eighth show a nine-point gain over one year, with fifth-grade scores rising 10 points and eighth-grade scores rising eight points. Students who are performing at or above grade level increased from 43 to 52 percent. The 2010 goal is 80 percent proficiency rate in science.

The CMS math and science department is working with community business leaders as part of the CASTLE Coalition to help students master science and math skills. CASTLE, which stands for Charlotte Area STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teaching and Learning Environment, partners with 49 businesses, including Bank of America, Coca-Cola and Gerdau Ameristeel. There are also several educational programs in schools to help boost science and math, including Investigations (K-5 math program), Camp Invention, Engineering is Elementary and Math Forward. Parent University also offers free courses for families to help their children become proficient in math and science at their grade level.
Future initiatives in math and science include implementing the Investigations math program in all elementary schools, creating an eighth grade science lab manual and continuing the greenhouse biology course as a precursor for standard biology I courses in high school.

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