Advancing Algebra with Active Learning: Research in Action
The Boulder Valley School District is concerned by a passing rate of only 65% in 9th grade Algebra I. This 35% failure rate includes a disproportionate number of minority students.
The goal of Advancing Algebra is to develop, implement, and assess active learning strategies for improving this passing rate. Active learning is a focus of Professor Eric Stade's collaborative research with the School of Education. When utilized in conjunction with appropriate evaluations, assessments, and targeted interventions, active learning approaches constitute practical curriculum tools for improved student success.
Under the Advancing Algebra initiative, we will analyze BSVD student achievement data, and will work closely with a specific Algebra I class at Boulder High. Guided by Professor Stade, graduate and undergraduate researchers will conduct interviews and use assessment tools to identify possible causes of the high failure rate. Professor Stade's team will then develop, implement, and assess active learning materials and strategies in this Algebra I classroom. Best practices will then be identified, and shared with the district.
This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.