Math Matters Regional Summits

Educators and especially our higher education leaders have been concerned that an unintended consequence of 2013’s HB 5 could be allowing students to choose a high school path with too little mathematics to be ready for post-secondary credentialing. At each of the Math Matters Summits hosted by regional partners throughout the State, we explore Statewide Mathematics Analysis research conducted by E3 analyzing the relationship between the highest level of mathematics mastered by high school students and subsequent education outcomes, including: high school graduation, college and career readiness, college enrollment, 2‐year to 4‐year transfer, college completion, and college completion with a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) or Health Science degree. Featured panelists, comprised of community partners, respond to the findings and discuss successful initiatives addressing local challenges. Data walks and intentional collaboration around the data builds consensus around local priorities for how to fortify math pathways.

Key research findings include: 1) Only students with at least one year of math beyond Algebra II had a chance at post-secondary success, 2) Each additional high school math course increased postsecondary completion rates, 3) Across Texas, there is a huge opportunity gap among low-income students and their peers for taking Algebra I in middle school, 4) Almost all students who are in accelerated math pathways are successful, completing the course and passing the state assessment for Algebra I, 5) Many of our most prepared 5th grade students who meet college and career ready standards lack access to accelerated math pathways – with low-income and minority students disproportionately disadvantaged, and 6) students in the state’s most rural districts lack access to rigorous math pathways.

  • November 10, 2016 presentation to Rio Grande Valley – hosted by RGV Focus

    • Panelists included:
      • Alex Meade, Executive Director at Mission EDC
      • Mario Morin, Math Department Chair at South Texas College
      • Sara Neuder
      • Dr. Virgil Pierce, Associate Professor, Math at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    • Presenters & Moderators included:
      • Christine Bailie, Director of HS, College and Career Success at E3 Alliance
      • Dr. Amy Wiseman, Director of Research Studies at E3 Alliance
      • Dr. Luzelma Canales, Executive Director at RGV FOCUS
      • Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Policy Specialist, K-12 Services at the Charles A. Dana Center
      • Dr. Paula Garcia, Executive Director at Teach for America Rio Grande Valley
      • Maria Esther Rodriguez, Associate at RGV FOCUS
      • Eugenio Longoria Saenz, Deputy Director at RGV FOCUS

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  • November 29, 2016 presentation to Texas Panhandle – hosted by Region 16

    • Panelists included:
      • GayLynn Bonjour, District Core Curriculum, Secondary Math at Amarillo Independent School District
      • Edie Carter, Associate Professor, Mathematics at Amarillo College
      • Brenda Foster, Math Learning Leader at ESC Region 16
      • Joanna Martinez, Ed.D., Director, Office of Teacher Preparation & Advising at West Texas A&M University
      • Marin Rivas, Development Director at Workforce Solutions Panhandle
    • Presenters & Moderators included:
      • Christine Bailie, Director of HS, College and Career Success at E3 Alliance
      • Dr. Amy Wiseman, Director of Research Studies at E3 Alliance
      • Annette Carlisle, Texas Panhandle P16
      • Broc Carter, Program Officer at No Limits No Excuses
      • Karla Weatherly, Director of Direct Services at ESC Region 16

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