Carver High School of Engineering and Science, a predominately minority
high school (90%) in North Philadelphia, shot up an astounding 100 points on the
2002 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) scoring a 1470 compared to
1370 last year. Prior to 2002, Carver's
PSSA math scores ranged from 1370 to 1340. See attached chart.
attached file: Carver 1998-2002 PSSA
Sue Tischler-Miller, Department Chair at Carver credits the raise is scores to the decision to enroll all Carver 9th and 10th graders in the Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP), a standards-based curriculum developed with funding from the National Science Foundation. (See http://www.mathimp.org.) The students who took the PSSA in April 2002 were the first Carver class to be all enrolled in IMP.
also has outstanding IMP teachers. Sue and her principal Rosalind Chivis are to
be given credit for deciding to go all IMP. These Carver students are scoring
as well or better than many affluent suburban high school students," said
Merlino. “IMP requires extensive teacher
training and administrative support. But when IMP is properly implemented and
supported the results consistently speak for themselves," said Merlino.
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Achievement Results Using IMP in Philadelphia Schools (Five years of data)
IMP Student Achievement Results at Carver
(See attached file: Carver Open Ended Math & Science.xls)
IMP Teacher Training Requirements