Gains in Mathematical Practices
  • Attempted Problems: +50%
  • Demonstrated Understanding of Problems: +52%
  • Tenacity in Problem Solving: +89%
  • Utilized Appropriate Tools in Problem Solving: +58%
  • Considered All Constraints of Problems: +85%
  • Answered Problem Correctly: +61%
  • Aggregate Mathematical Practices: +64%
Aggregate Change in Practices

Common-Core-Aggregate

Students in the SLAM Project demonstrated an aggregate increase of 64% in mathematical practices from the Pre-Test to the Final Exam. The instructors credit the curriculum itself for the growth in mathematical practices. Specifically, they lauded the impact of quantitative reasoning in place of a traditional math curriculum that focuses on procedures. One SLAM teacher explained, “it has given the students an opportunity to see math in a different light because, with statistics, it’s more about the interpretation and the understanding than the procedure and arriving at a single answer.”

Detailed Change in Practices

CommonCore_detail

The math practices, in the chart above and fully titled in red at the top of the page, were created by Cal State LA Professor, Dr. Kristin Webster. The practices are similar to the new Common Core Practice Standards – Mathematics (CCPS-M) with a few exceptions. First, there are six SLAM practices whereas there are eight CCPS-M. Second, the SLAM practices include points for a correct answer whereas the CCPS-M do not. The SLAM practices incorporate all of the CCPS-M and an alignment is available upon request. You may view the full CCPS-M here.

Comments
  • We're transitioning [to the Common Core] and trying to embed the the eight standard practices but this class, since it's statistics, it almost forces you to embed them in a natural way.–SLAM Teacher

  • It has given the students an opportunity to see math in a different light because, with statistics, it's more about the interpretation and the understanding than the procedure and arriving at a single answer.–SLAM Teacher

  • I like coming to this class to critically think.–SLAM Student

  • I could just see their growth over the semester...their finals were pages and they're all full of writing.–SLAM Teacher