8th Grade Math

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Many factors are related to student success in middle school including resiliency, engagement, persistence and attendance.  In Anchorage, math proficiency is a strong predictor for student success— students who are proficient in math at 8th grade are 25% more likely to graduate from high school on time. 

The business sector, in particular, has an interest in supporting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) development. Both nationally and locally there is a strong belief that our future economic prosperity is closely linked with student success in the STEM fields. Eighth grade is identified as a pivotal point for ensuring that students have developed a strong foundation and preparation for the more advanced math and sciences they will encounter in high school, college and career.


Anchorage Data: % Grade 8 Students Proficient in Math

The Standards Based Assessment (SBA) was an annual test used to determine if students are meeting statewide performance standards for reading, writing and math.  2013-2014 was the last year Alaska used the SBA; the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) was implemented as the new statewide assessment tool in 2015.  The scores for these two assessment tools cannot be compared to one another and so the 2015 AMP scores provide a new baseline score for our work. 
Destination 2020 Report


NETWORK STRATEGIES

Collective Impact Project

    • Eight youth-serving organizations will work collectively, aligning their practices and measurement, to increase the number of Anchorage students who are proficient in 8th grade math.
    • Participating organizations will focus on academic support, attendance support and building student resiliency.

    Partners: Boys and Girls Club, YWCA, 21st Century After-School Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, PLUS Schools, Campfire, Shiloh Community, Junior Achievement, Alaska Communications, Alaska Children's Trust, (After School Network), Anchorage School District

    Policy/Advocacy and Communications
    The network will identify and prioritize key policy and advocacy recommendations for 2015/16.  They will also work with the Community Will Building Committee to create a communications campaign related to the network goals to increase math proficiency.