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Using Data to Guide Mathematics Reform within a K-12 District


"Project PRIME is a cohort 1 targeted MSP focusing on K-12 mathematics within the Rapid City
school district. Through the first four years of this initiative, project leaders have made extensive
use of data to highlight successes, to emphasize areas in need of additional attention, and to
guide the overall direction. This paper highlights a sampling of emerging findings and includes
discussion of venues and processes for sharing such findings. Among key data sources are 1)
student performance on the state's multiple-choice test, 2) student performance on alternative
assessments developed by the Mathematics Assessment Resource Service, 3) student attitudes,
and 4) district enrollments. Special attention is paid to gaps and patterns associated with Native
American versus non-Native American students, as that represents a primary focus within the