Purpose: The Committee for Mathematics Achievement (CMA) was created legislatively under KRS 158.842 for the purposes of developing a multifaceted strategic plan to improve student achievement in mathematics at all levels of schooling, prekindergarten through postsecondary and adult.
At a minimum the plan shall address:
(a) Challenging curriculum that is aligned prekindergarten through postsecondary, including consensus among high school teachers and postsecondary education faculty about expectations, curriculum, and assessment;
(b) Attitudes and beliefs of teachers about mathematics;
(c) Teachers' knowledge of mathematics;
(d) Diagnostic assessment, intervention services, and instructional strategies;
(e) Shortages of teachers of mathematics, including incentives to attract strong candidates to mathematics teaching;
(f) Statewide institutes that prepare cadres of mathematics leaders in local school districts, which may include highly skilled retired mathematics teachers, to serve as coaches and mentors in districts and schools;
(g) Cohesive continuing education options for experienced mathematics classroom teachers;
(h) Closing the student achievement gap among various student subpopulations;
(i) Curriculum expectations and assessments of students among the various school levels, prekindergarten, primary, elementary, middle, and high school;
(j) Content standards for adult education centers providing mathematics curricula;
(k) Introductory postsecondary education mathematics courses that are appropriate to the wide array of academic programs and majors;
(l) Research to analyze further the issues of transition from high school or GED programs to postsecondary education mathematics; and
(m) The early mathematics testing program under KRS 158.803.
Other factors may be included in the strategic plan as deemed appropriate by the committee to improve mathematics achievement of Kentucky students.
The committee shall have ongoing responsibility for providing advice and guidance to policymakers in the development of statewide policies and in the identification and allocation of resources to improve mathematics achievement. In carrying out this responsibility, the committee shall periodically review the strategic plan and make modifications as deemed appropriate and report those to the Interim Joint Committee on Education.
The committee shall collaborate with the Center for Mathematics to ensure that there is ongoing identification of research-based intervention programs for K-12 students who have fallen behind in mathematics, rigorous mathematics curricula that prepare students for the next level of schooling, research-based professional development models that prepare teachers in mathematics and pedagogy, and strategies for closing the gap between high school or a High School Equivalency Diploma program and postsecondary mathematics preparation.
Membership: 26 members: the commissioner of education or designee; the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education or designee; the president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities or designee; the executive director of the Education Professional Standards Board or designee; the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet or designee; a representative with a specialty in mathematics or mathematics education who has expertise and experience in professional development, especially with coaching and mentoring of teachers, from each of the nine public postsecondary education institutions defined in KRS 164.001; selected by mutual agreement of the president of the Council on Postsecondary Education and the commissioner of education; two adult education instructors selected by the vice president for Kentucky Adult Education; two elementary, two middle and two high school mathematics teachers, appointed by the board of the statewide professional education association having the largest paid membership with approval from their respective local principals and superintendents of schools; three school administrators, with one each representing elementary, middle and high school, appointed by the board of the statewide administrators' association having the largest paid membership with approval from their respective local superintendents of schools; and the executive director of the Kentucky Center for Mathematics.
Administrative support staff for this advisory group is Erin.Chavez@education.ky.gov.