Kindergarten guided math curricular supplement: an effort to help close the achievement gap





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What qualities in a Kindergarten math curriculum promise to efficiently close gaps in learning while catching students up to grade level in a high poverty urban school? This capstone proposes a guided math curricular supplement designed to efficiently push Kindergarten student achievement in number sense and problem solving. The supplement is aligned to a school's math levels, in the same way as Guided Reading is aligned to a Fountas and Pinnell reading levels system. Using assessment data to target small group interventions to areas where a student's math foundation is weak, a teacher can help students build lasting math proficiency, with more students on grade level by years end. Qualities found to offer promise of closing gaps in math learning were small group interventions, emphasis on problem solving, and practicing a mix of rote and higher order skills in small group. -- Provided by author.

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