Los Angeles: Demystifying Math
Math allows us to make sense of our world. When we help students see the power and joy in mathematics—not just the steps—they can use math knowledge and problem-solving skills to build the lives they dream about.
For years, math progress has been stagnant among middle school students despite them doing the work and having the ability to learn. Los Angeles Unified School District is working to change that by equipping teachers to provide challenging instruction in every classroom with the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum.
Helping Teachers Center Students in Learning
Starting in 2020, LAUSD is partnering with The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, Achievement Network, and Leading Educators over three years to design professional learning for school-based instructional leaders.
Illustrative Mathematics takes a problem-based approach to math, which requires a shift in how teachers teach. We designed ongoing learning to help teachers and leaders understand this change and internalize what makes IM effective.
Building the system
Partnership by the Numbers
have adopted Illustrative Mathematics in the first year.
are experiencing problem-based math rooted in Illustrative Mathematics materials.
are using Illustrative Mathematics materials to plan challenging lessons.
90% of principals
have developed a plan to support their staff in transitioning to IM.
5,000+ students self-reported that they want the opportunity to explore challenging mathematics. However, they don’t yet see their identities reflected in their classroom experience.
Teachers are more confident in supporting students through problem-solving, and they believe that IM is appealing. However, they don’t find it easy to use.
Principals report that they have a plan to support their staff in transitioning to IM, and observation data shows that classrooms are making the shift.