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The Mathematics Program Improvement Review: A Comprehensive Evaluation Process for K-12 Schools
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About This Book
How good is your school’s mathematics program? Test scores can provide some general trend information, but what you—and your students’ parents—really need are specifics about the quality of the curriculum, the effectiveness of the instruction, and the school’s overall capacity to support mathematics learning.
The Mathematics Program Improvement Review (MPIR) is a proven evaluation process focused on standards for high-quality mathematics programs in grades K–12. Based on research into effective program-evaluation methods, the MPIR approach uses multiple data sources to clarify exactly what is working within an individual school’s math program and what is not.
Author and MPIR developer Ron Pelfrey has used this process to evaluate mathematics programs in more than 300 rural, urban, and suburban schools and has trained hundreds of educators to conduct reviews. Now this handbook makes the MPIR process and its benefits available to everyone. Inside, you’ll find guidelines for training review team members and all the materials needed to conduct a review, including
Whether used as a basis for informal faculty or departmental discussion, to promote best practices in a particular area (such as curriculum or instruction), or to guide a formal program evaluation, this book will help any school or district apply MPIR tools and procedures to bring about positive change in students’ mathematics learning.
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RON PELFREY has led the evaluation of more than 300 elementary, middle, and high school mathematics programs and has trained several hundred teachers and administrators in the process of conducting these reviews. Before returning to the classroom in 2004, Dr. Pelfrey was a mathematics supervisor for 20 years. A recipient of the Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award in Kentucky, he has served as an adjunct professor of mathematics education at the University of Kentucky and as the chair of the Department of Education and associate professor of mathematics at Midway College in Midway, Kentucky.
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