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Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Accelerating Mathematics Instruction for Students 2021-2022

Since COVID-19 caused the unexpected closure of schools in March 2020, school systems across Massachusetts have experienced an unprecedented level of disruption. While school and district leaders, educators, students, and families have demonstrated ingenuity and perseverance over the last year, students across grades K–12 did not receive typical mathematics instruction. Therefore, students could benefit from the opportunity to accelerate their math learning over the summer and also receive targeted instruction using high-quality instructional materials in the 21-22 school year.

To support schools and districts in accelerating student learning of mathematics, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has selected vendors to provide specific services as outlined below for three scopes of work. Across all scopes, vendors will provide schools and districts with free access to the mathematics program and components, professional learning to support teachers' implementation of the program, and provide relevant data and evidence of student progress and growth in mathematics. Vendors will invoice DESE directly for services as defined in the contract agreement.

Schools and districts interested in accessing any of these programs will apply to DESE for approval. Additional information regarding priorities and application details coming soon.

Join Us for Information Sessions to Find out More about These Accelerating Mathematics Opportunities.

Information Sessions:


Office Hours:

Come by to ask questions that are specific to your district. No need to register. We will be available to answer your questions during these times:


For any questions about these opportunities, please email AcceleratingMath@mass.gov.

Three Scopes of Work

The Accelerating Mathematics Instruction for Students programs can help you in 3 different ways:

We Need a New Core Math Curriculum

Access to High-Quality Instruction core mathematics materials to accelerate student learning in grades K–12 during the 2021-22 school year. This includes educator training specifically designed to target the unique needs of the 2021-22 school year embedded within the high-quality core math program.

The Apparent Successful Bidders listed below will receive contract awards pending the successful conclusion of negotiations, if needed, and execution of contract documents.

Core Instructional MaterialsK–56–89–12
Agile MindAgile Mind with Agile AssessmentAgile Mind with Agile Assessment (AGA)
Intensified Algebra 1
Carnegie LearningCarnegie Learning MiddleSchool Math SolutionCarnegie Learning High School Math Solution
Curriculum Associatesi-Ready Classroom Mathematicsi-Ready Classroom Mathematics
EdgenuityLearnZillion Illustrative MathLearnZillion Illustrative MathLearnZillion Illustrative Math (AGA)
Fishtank LearningFishtank Plus MathFishtank Plus Math
Great MindsEureka MathEureka MathEureka Math (AGA)
Houghton Mifflin HarcourtInto Math with WaggleInto Math with WaggleInto AGA
McGraw HillReveal MathIllustrative MathReveal Math
Illustrative Math (AGA)
ZearnZearn6–7: Zearn

We Need a Digital, Conceptual Supplement

Access to a Digital Conceptual Mathematics Program for summer 2021 and the 2021-22 school year for grades K–8. The Computer-based programs will be designed to enrich and deepen K–8 students' conceptual understanding of mathematics through a visually based approach utilizing interactive, engaging, and age-appropriate software.

The Apparent Successful Bidders listed below will receive contract awards pending the successful conclusion of negotiations, if needed, and execution of contract documents.

Digital, Conceptual SupplementK–56–8
Carnegie LearningK–6: Zorbit's Math Adventure6: Zorbit's Math Adventure
6–8: MATHia
Curriculum Associatesi-Ready Assessment and Personalized Instructioni-Ready Assessment and Personalized Instruction
EdgenuityMyPath
Pathblazer
MyPath
Houghton Mifflin HarcourtWaggle Adaptive Practice used with Into Math Core ProgramWaggle Adaptive Practice used with Into Math Core Program
McGraw HillK–3: Redbird
4–5: ALEKS
ALEKS
MIND ResearchST Math6: ST Math
ZearnZearn6–7: Zearn

We Need Specific Summer Programming Resources

Access to specifically designed summer intensive programming based on High-Quality Instruction Materials to accelerate student learning in grades K–12 to prepare for the 2021-22 school year.

The Apparent Successful Bidders listed below will receive contract awards pending the successful conclusion of negotiations, if needed, and execution of contract documents.

Summer ProgrammingK–56–89–12
Agile MindAgile AcceleratorAlgebra 1: Agile Accelerator
Carnegie LearningSummer Intensive ProgrammingSummer Intensive Programming
Curriculum Associatesi-Ready Classroom Mathematicsi-Ready Classroom Mathematics
ZearnZearnZearn

Application Process for Districts/Schools/and Charter Schools

At any time, a District/School/Charter can submit a letter of intent or interest to DESE to indicate their interest in this opportunity, this will help with communication moving forward. As an initial step, the district/school/charter should determine the summer and/or schoolyear need(s), research the options, and make a preliminary selection of materials (please refer to the resources at the bottom of the webpage for additional support and guidance).

  1. Submit the Initial Approval Application to DESE at AcceleratingMath@mass.gov, see due dates details below.
  2. Once the Initial Approval Application is processed and approved, the District/School/Charter will prepare a purchase order and contract of services for materials, licenses, and professional development directly with the vendor and submit the Final Application Package [link to be provided soon] and prepared purchase order to DESE at AcceleratingMath@mass.gov,
  3. Once the Final Application Package is approved, DESE will communicate to the district/school/charter and the selected vendor(s) to move forward.
  4. Vendor(s) will invoice DESE directly for services as defined in the contract agreement and based on the purchase order.

Eligibility and Priority

All Massachusetts public school districts, schools, and charter schools are eligible to apply. Initial approval of funds for the Accelerating Mathematics Instruction for Students 2021-2022 programs is based on the school/districts' commitment to expectations for implementation, competitive priorities, and funding availability. Initial Approval Applications will be reviewed, and funds allocated based on the following due dates:

Phased Due Dates:

  • Initial competitive priority application process:
    The application period is open only to schools, districts, and charter schools that fully meet at least one of the qualifications stated under the Competitive Priorities listed below. District/School/Charter submits their Initial Approval to AcceleratingMath@mass.gov

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021 (Competitive priority schools/districts only)

  • Rolling application process:
    Following the June 9th due date, the application process will be open to all school districts, schools, and charter schools with decisions made based on the rolling due dates listed below. At each due date, applications will be reviewed and evaluated based on the Competitive Priorities identified below. District/School/Charter submits their Initial Approval Application to AcceleratingMath@mass.gov

    • Wednesday, June 16, 2021

    • Wednesday, June 30, 2021

    • Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    • Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    • Wednesday, August 18, 2021

    • 21-22 school year dates TBD based on available funding

Competitive Priorities

Competitive priority will be given to:

  1. Districts with at least one school; or schools that are identified:
    • as requiring assistance in the state accountability system based upon 2019 data and/or
    • with an overall accountability percentile of 20 or below based upon 2019 data.
  2. Districts or schools whose total student population is comprised of 10% or more students identified as English Learners.
  3. Districts or schools that serve a population of students of which over 50% are identified as economically disadvantaged.

Note about School and District Applications

  • Districts must communicate with the individual schools for which the funds will be used to guarantee schoolwide implementation of the purchased materials.

  • Schools should communicate with district leadership before applying. No school will be allowed to be funded in the case of redundancy with a district application.

Resources and Guidelines to Support Strong Selection

[Information to be posted soon]

Last Updated: June 2, 2021

 
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