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Making the Mathematics Curriculum Count: A Guide for Middle and High School Principals

Making the Mathematics Curriculum Count: A Guide for Middle and High School Principals

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Pressure is mounting for principals to improve schoolwide achievement, especially in the areas of literacy and mathematics. While a great deal of guidance exists on improving schoolwide literacy, including NASSP’s Creating a Culture of Literacy, there has been remarkably little guidance for principals who were struggling to improve their students’ mathematics achievement.

Enter Making the Mathematics Curriculum Count: A Guide for Middle and High School Principals. This handbook, originally released in September 2007, has been updated for 2011 with new profiles, strategies and best practices. It makes a case for the urgency of mathematical literacy across the curriculum—or numeracy—and walks principals through the steps of getting buy-in from various stakeholders, creating the numeracy team, formulating the Numeracy Improvement Plan, identifying the data to collect and analyzing the data, implementing the plan, and monitoring the plan’s progress.

Making the Mathematics Curriculum Count contains the following series of instruments that school leaders can download and easily employ in their efforts to improve schoolwide mathematics proficiency.