April 25, 2012 - San Marcos, TX
The KDK-Harman Foundation has announced a three-year grant of $108,000 to support the Mathworks Algebra Program (MAP) at Miller Middle School in San Marcos. MAP is a new program in which all students at Miller will be using the Mathworks Math Explorations curriculum starting in the 2012-2013 school year. This will enable students to complete Algebra I by the end of the 8th grade or earlier, giving them a solid foundation for higher-level math courses and college readiness.
Jennifer Esterline, executive director of the KDK-Harman Foundation noted, "Our board was very impressed with the results to date of the Mathworks curriculum, and excited for the potential to impact an entire school, establishing a model that could be replicated across the state."
The Mathworks curriculum carefully weaves in algebraic concepts throughout its three textbooks, giving students a rigorous pre-algebra experience before taking Algebra I. Pilots of the curriculum over the past three years have shown strong correlations between student use of the curriculum and significant increases in algebra readiness. Gerald Kulm, an outside independent evaluator of the curriculum, endorsed the curriculum, pointing to data “that attests to its effectiveness in preparing Texas students for further mathematical success.” He observed, that “not only is it based on research, it incorporates the best ideas from research in the way that it allows students to investigate and explore ideas before they are given procedures, and then encourages the students to reflect on what they are learning. These are the critical hallmarks of the best and most effective curricula, and two of the greatest strengths of the Mathworks program.” He continued by writing, “My evaluation found that the Math Explorations textbooks is impressive in its preparation of students for Algebra I.”
Mathworks is a center for innovation in mathematics education at Texas State University-San Marcos. Mathworks' mission is to develop model programs and self-sustaining learning communities that engage Texas K-12 students from all backgrounds in doing mathematics at a high level. Core programs include summer math camps, teacher training, and math curriculum research and development.
About KDK-Harman Foundation
KDK-Harman Foundation is a family foundation located in Austin, Texas whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education while promoting a culture of giving excellence. The Foundation supports nonprofits and schools that work to close achievement gaps for low-income students in grades K-12, preparing them with 21st Century skills and access to quality careers. The Foundation supports programs within Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell, Burnet and Llano counties.