More than 15,000 students enrolled in 64 elementary schools are taking part in the Orange County Math Initiative, a five-year community partnership involving Orange County schools, leaders in the business community, UC Irvine, and MIND. The 64 participating schools are in the lowest-performing 30 percent of California elementary schools; 80 percent of their students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and 60 percent are English-language learners.
Yet the percentage of these students who tested at the Proficient or Advanced level on California’s most recent state exam increased by more than 12 percentage points, MIND said, compared with the state average of 4.5 points.
“We’ve seen what can be done with the benefit of a tool like this,” said Andrew R. Coulson, president of MIND’s education division.
Editor Dennis Pierce contributed to this report.
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