Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics
Principal Investigators: Nadine
Lionel “Skip” Meno. Funded by
The Improving Student Achievement in Mathematics (ISAM) project was created
to help improve students’ mathematics understanding and achievement by
extending teachers’ content knowledge of mathematics and effective mathematics
teaching in grades K - 12. The project staff works with district partners to
design and implement programs to meet district, school, and teacher needs.
ISAM currently has partnerships with several local school districts, including
Lemon Grove School District, Ramona Unified School District, Sweetwater Union
High School District, and the City Heights Educational Collaborative. ISAM
is currently piloting online delivery of professional development, made possible
in part by funding from Amgen. More than 550 teachers participated in ISAM professional development activities during the 2007 – 08 school
year, and nearly 400 teachers have earned the “Elementary Mathematics
Specialist Certificate” offered by the project. Recent research
includes a study in the San Diego Unified School District that showed that
students who had a teacher with the specialist certificate scored significantly
higher on the California Standards Tests than students of teachers who did
not have the certificate.
Read the SDSU Newscenter story on this project from 2009.