Dana Center Secondary Courses Receive Top Ratings from EdReports

person reaching mountain peakEdReports.org, an independent reviewer of K–12 instructional materials. writes that high school mathematics courses authored by the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin and published by Agile Mind, Inc., fully meet the EdReports alignment and usability criteria.

“Quality mathematics courses make a difference in students’ lives,” said Doug Sovde, Dana Center director of K–12 education strategy, policy, and services. “Students without a strong mathematical foundation in high school will not be prepared for success in postsecondary education. We are pleased to see these high-quality courses recognized by EdReports.”

EdReports reviewers determined the Dana Center–Agile Mind courses in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II meet expectations in the three alignment areas of Focus & Coherence, Rigor & Mathematical Practices, and Usability—the highest rating possible. We join only two other publishers that have produced secondary mathematics materials meeting all criteria.

The Dana Center is the lead author of these courses. Our research-based approach focuses on ensuring students achieve a deep and mathematically precise understanding of the material. As the EdReports review states, “all three elements of rigor are thoroughly attended to and interwoven in a way that focuses on the needs of a specific standard as well as balancing procedural skill and fluency, application and conceptual understanding.”

Kathi Cook, Dana Center manager of online course programs, notes “Our Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II courses are designed around the core belief that all students need and deserve access to challenging curricula every day — and that all teachers need and deserve tools and data that help them make a difference in their students’ lives.” Dana Center–Agile Mind high school courses are currently being used in 118 districts in 23 states.

About the Dana Center:

The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin works with our nation’s education systems to ensure that every student leaves school prepared for success in postsecondary education and the contemporary workplace. Our work, grounded in research and two decades of experience, focuses on K–16 mathematics and science education — with an emphasis on strategies for improving student engagement, motivation, persistence, and achievement. We develop innovative curricula, tools, protocols, and instructional supports and deliver powerful instructional and leadership development.

About Agile Mind:

Agile Mind, Inc., was founded to enhance one thing: the opportunity to learn. Agile Mind focuses on equity and high achievement in mathematics and science because of their importance to both the lives of students and the future of our nation. The Agile Mind mission—and promise—is to provide the programs, tools, and instructional improvement systems needed to transform student achievement through exemplary, sustainable teaching practices.

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