The latest NAEP assessment results, particularly in math, are alarming. The average scores for 13-year-olds during the 2022-23 school year declined 9 points in mathematics compared to the previous assessment just a few years ago. Compared to a decade ago, the average score declined 14 points in mathematics.* Math results in the state of Mississippi followed these trends.
In 2022, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) identified that several schools throughout the state demonstrated learning gaps in mathematics. With a goal of strengthening its math department, MDE engaged Catapult Learning to support its efforts in ensuring that the proper level of coaching and training was available to school staff statewide.
With our support, MDE began providing cohesive, ongoing, classroom-focused, mathematics professional development in Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and various MDE program offices in January 2023. We are also heavily focused on building capacity through job-embedded mathematics instructional coaching to over 75 public schools throughout Mississippi.
Over the next three-plus years, we will continue to develop and provide a structured framework of professional development supports and solutions, including recruiting, vetting, selecting, hiring, and deploying math coaches and/or content area staff.
By partnering with us, every school and district receives tailored professional learning solutions that fit the needs of educators today. And these solutions continuously grow and evolve to meet new challenges and goals.
At Catapult Learning, we know that your educators support all student needs. That’s why we support your educators, all the way. To help educators address academic challenges—including student behavioral issues, classroom management gaps, and leadership development—we offer a comprehensive training program backed by decades of experience as educators and coaches.