Focus on Math Disparities

In our analysis of the data, StrivePartnership has taken particular notice of the 8th grade math indicators. In general, student performance in math has not improved for our students in recent years. In fact, since 2012, more than 10,000 students from our community have not been proficient in middle grade math, according to their performance on state assessments. Almost two-thirds of these students are black or Latino. This is a huge blow to our community’s efforts of racial equity and economic vitality because math proficiency in the middle grades is one of the truest indicators of how well students will do in college and how far they will advance economically as adults.

Fortunately, school district administrators, teachers, corporate and civic leaders, and community advocates all across our region have begun to work on this issue. StrivePartnership is committed to doubling our efforts to support these partners in our region’s education ecosystem to drive a Math Mindset Movement that maximizes the student learning outcomes from their efforts. Currently, for instance:

  • In partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and with national funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are working with Cincinnati Public Schools and other area school districts to employ continuous quality improvement practices that allow teachers to identify strategies, test them, and adopt them across the district.
  • We are supporting Learning Circles of teachers who have chosen to come together, on their own time, to practice new instructional methods and learn from one another.
  • We are studying the impact of voluntary math tutoring to better understand how students can best benefit from the thousands of volunteer hours being invested in their academic efforts.
  • And we are working with colleges and schools of education, school districts, teacher leadership, and education non-profits to attract more individuals into the teaching profession – particularly in math and science – who are more racially diverse and equipped to effectively teach in urban school districts.

Learn more about these initiatives and to learn how you can get involved in the Math Mindset Movement.