West Virginia Math Initiative Receives National Attention

April 22, 2005

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia’s Project MERIT (Mathematics Education Reform Initiative for Teachers) is in the national spotlight. The West Virginia math initiative is featured in ENC (Eisenhower National Clearinghouse) Focus, a national online magazine.  

“Project MERIT has proven to be a huge success for West Virginia,” said State Superintendent of Schools David Stewart. “It is obvious that what we are doing in our state aligns with the work of national organizations and experts in the field of mathematics.”  

“Transforming Teachers in West Virginia” not only features state teachers but also includes a video clip of Boone County MERIT Leader, Lillian Clay. The articles can be found at http://www.enc.org/features/focus/archive/nctmstandards/  

Project MERIT is in the fifth and final year of a National Science Foundation Grant to enhance both the content and teaching of middle level mathematics. The Project uses two vehicles to help teachers attain the goals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. The first vehicle, standards-based curriculum materials, MathScape, provides rich mathematical tasks that engage students. The second vehicle, Collegial Professional Learning Communities, provides opportunities for teachers to engage in professional conversations using student work to inform their practice. After receiving the MERIT professional development to implement a curriculum based on the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM, 2000), MERIT teachers noticed that students not only learned more about math but also enjoyed the course work.  

For more information about Project MERIT, contact Murrel Hoover, Project MERIT Coordinator, at the West Virginia Department of Education at (304) 558-4032 or (304) 558-4033

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