News from NKU…
For immediate release…
Monday – Nov. 26, 2012
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The Kentucky Numeracy Project (KNP), created by the professional community of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics, has launched an innovative, tablet-friendly, interactive K-3 mathematics instructional system for use by primary grades teachers working to strengthen and deepen student number knowledge.
A new KNP website (http://knp.kentuckymathematics.org) created by the Kentucky Center for Mathematics in collaboration with students working for Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Applied Informatics virtual co-op program was released in October. The statewide center, established by Kentucky 2005 House Bill 93 for Mathematics Achievement, is housed at NKU.
Perhaps the most popular feature of the new site is the searchable database with hundreds of supplemental numeracy learning experiences teachers can use in developing student understanding. These learning experiences are built around the new K-3 Common Core Standards for Mathematics adopted in Kentucky in spring 2010, as well as specific research-based intervention strategies learned through the professional development of the U.S. Math Recovery Council.
The intervention guide averaged 250 interactions per month between February 2011 and October 2012, while available as a spreadsheet for download. Since the release of the new KNP website, with a much more teacher-friendly interface, the use has doubled. There were more than 400 site interactions in the first three weeks. This free resource for Kentucky K-3 teachers allows dynamic searching of engaging activities in different ways, including by standard or by student difficulty, resulting in a return of resources including the written lesson plan, a teacher guidance clip, classroom implementation video (coming soon) and all the printed files and websites necessary for implementation.
“I have used the KNP intervention guide to supplement the Add+Vantage MR activities I use with my intervention students,” said Rachel Ray, a mathematics intervention teacher at South Heights Elementary School in Henderson County. “The KNP intervention guide is a fantastic resource for teachers who provide small-group instruction or learning stations in their classrooms. It has definitely been a ‘go-to’ resource for me.”
Kentucky’s implementation of the new standards calls for teachers to use formative assessment for making instructional decisions based on student need. As such, the KNP system is a just-in-time resource for teachers, with appropriate professional learning, to know what and how to successfully teach early mathematics for deep understanding and lasting skill.
“Our district doesn’t use a math series and our teachers work so hard finding materials,” said Johnsie Tucker, a mathematics intervention teacher in Owensboro. “This is like giving them a gold mine. The old spreadsheet wasn’t as user-friendly, but this is amazing.”
Usage of the KNP system is expected to climb significantly as teachers and administrators react to the results of the first Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress report released Nov. 2. The results indicated that 40.4 percent of students were performing at the proficient or distinguished level in elementary mathematics (2011-12 school year). This information from the Kentucky Department of Education is available at http://education.ky.gov/comm/documents/r077data.pdf.
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