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SPONSORED CASE STUDY

Maryland district sees scores
increase one year after
implementing math program
Everyday Mathematics 4, which provides comprehensive materials and support
to teachers, parents and students, helps improve districtwide performance

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hen Wicomico County Public Schools implemented Common Core State Standards six years ago,
complaints from parents rolled in regarding challenging homework assignments.
"Parents did not understand, so they couldn't help their
children," explains Julie Dill, elementary math supervisor for the 15,000-student district on the Eastern Shore of
Maryland.
Then came Everyday Mathematics 4, a comprehensive
math program that enables parents to access lessons and
watch videos at home to break down the Common Core
language barrier.
"I've heard few complaints since we adopted Everyday
Mathematics last year," Dill says. "That's been a big benefit.
It gives parents information so they can better help their
children."

Varied approach
The McGraw-Hill Education product teaches multiple
methods of problem-solving to accommodate different
learning styles, repeats exposures to concepts and solutions to improve mastery, and uses real-world problems to
demonstrate practical applications of skills.
"Teachers like that Everyday Mathematics gives many
examples of conceptual models they can use in the classroom," Dill says. "They like the consistency in strategies
and structure among grade levels and the opportunities
for problem-solving, specifically open response and reengagement lessons."
Wicomico implemented Everyday Mathematics 4 in all
K5 classes during the 2016-17 school year. The year prior,
the program was one of three piloted throughout the district's 18 elementary schools.
"Teachers like the e-presentations, which guide them
through lessons step by step, as well as the many e-tools,"
Dill says. "For example, if they are working on fractions,
they can click on the fraction e-tool and utilize the fraction circles to demonstrate the concept, without searching
somewhere else as they're building their lesson."
Increased math scores
According to PARCC scores released over the summer,
county students in third, fourth and fifth grades showed

higher numbers compared with 2016, the year before Everyday Mathematics was implemented.
Third grade went from 42.5 percent meeting or exceeding expectations in 2016 to 45.5 percent meeting or
exceeding expectations in 2017. Fourth grade went from
29.5 percent to 38.2 percent, and fifth grade went from
30.3 percent to 31.7 percent. Also, third and fourth grades
exceeded state averages by 2.5 percentage points and 0.7
percentage points, respectively.
Dill adds that in schools that went from contained classrooms to a departmentalized approach, scores jumped as
much as 20 percent.
Common vocabulary, strategies
The new program also eliminated an old problem of students missing material after moving from one school to
another. "With Everyday Mathematics, everybody has a
consistent set of lessons and units to follow," Dill says. "And
teachers like that students are familiar with the strategies,
vocabulary and games.
"Having that in common all the way
across the board is a huge help," Dill says,
noting that the grade-to-grade thread is
especially important. "Students are coming in with more foundational knowledge,
which says a lot about the program."

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