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SPONSORED CASE STUDY

Math concepts continually
reinforced through concrete
real-world applications
Everyday Mathematics helps students master key
concepts by revisiting content in a variety of contexts

W

hen it was time for North Kansas City School District
in Missouri to adopt a mathematics resource for
its elementary school students, a select pool of
teachers was asked to evaluate several resources. Eventually,
Everyday Mathematics from McGraw-Hill Education was
selected as the resource.
"According to all of the professional development that our
teachers received and all of the research on what good math
instruction looks like, Everyday Mathematics was clearly the
right choice for our teachers and students," says Chad Sutton,
who is the pre-K through 8 assistant to the superintendent.
Everyday Mathematics was developed by The University
of Chicago's School Mathematics Project. It continually
reinforces abstract math concepts through concrete realworld applications. Everyday Mathematics helps students
master key concepts by revisiting content in a variety of
contexts over time, as opposed to rote memorization.
Everyday Mathematics builds teachers' confidence that
students will master state standards for each grade. Teachers
can see how content develops across lessons and can pinpoint
each student's mastery level for standards at any point.
Everyday Mathematics has tools for students and teachers.
Students can log into the platform to get extra practice or
to play games online that reinforce what they've learned in
class. Teachers can see students' work and track their progress
toward mastery of concepts. This information can be used to
identify students who might need extra help.

Flexibility and alignment
North Kansas City implemented Everyday Mathematics in the
fall of 2015 and saw an immediate increase in math scores.
"We felt that Everyday Mathematics really aligned to our
vision of what good quality math instruction looks like,"
Sutton says. Sutton added that teachers are not mandated
to use Everyday Mathematics on a "page-by-page or day-byday" basis because the district really wants teachers "to use
it as a resource to truly meet the needs of students."
Instruction coordinator Todd Hinnenkamp says the district
had a teacher-led demonstration program for Everyday
Mathematics that showed teachers "doing their very best
work with teaching and learning" with the program and it
"permeated the implementation process."

"We felt that Everyday Mathematics
really aligned to our vision of what
good quality math instruction looks like."
Tangible results
Quantitatively, Sutton says every demographic group has
seen a rise in mathematics achievement levels as measured
by Missouri achievement standards.
"The results that we've seen in our achievement scores are
really strong," Sutton says. "Our free and reduced-price lunch
students outperform the state significantly while our ELL
students-once they are in grades 3, 4 and 5 outperformed
the state too. Every group of our demographics, especially
those two groups, are reaping the benefits. We've never
seen anything like it."
Qualitatively, Hinnenkamp says he hears from middle
school math teachers that students are coming in more
prepared from elementary school.
"Middle school teachers are saying they're able to
do so much more with sixth-grade
classes compared to two years ago,"
Hinnenkamp says. "It's huge that what
we're seeing in elementary school
impacts what students can do at the
middle school."

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