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MAC-Ro pilot leads to increased math achievement in high-poverty schools

Stanford 9 scores released last week by the Arizona Department of Education show that schools where the Math Achievement Club by Rodel, or MAC-Ro, was introduced showed significant increases in student achievement. Rodel Foundation President and CEO, Carol G. Peck, expects, “This is only the beginning.”

MAC-Ro is based on the very successful Superintendent’s Math Achievement Club started by Peck as Superintendent of the Alhambra School District almost 15 years ago. Its goal is to improve third grade math achievement with a combination of increased time on task, parent involvement, strategies for teaching the Arizona Academic Standards, and monthly “surprises” as motivation for students to do well.

Seven of the ten schools in which MAC-Ro was introduced saw a gain of at least five percentile ranks. Mitchell Elementary School, in the Isaac District, saw a gain of 29 percentile ranks. Not surprising to Peck, who saw the same thing happen in Alhambra once the math achievement initiative was introduced. “I’m delighted to see this kind of improvement in only one semester; we look forward to what we can do in a year. Congratulations to all the teachers, principals and superintendents who worked hard to raise the math achievement of their students.”

MAC-Ro pilot schools are Mitchell and Sutton elementary schools in the Isaac School District, Kuban and Sullivan elementary schools in the Murphy School District, Desert Horizon and Pendergast elementary schools in the Pendergast School District, Fowler and Sunridge elementary schools in the Fowler School District, and Gonzales and Sheely Farms elementary schools in the Tolleson Elementary School District.

MAC-Ro will expand to 15 additional schools in 7 additional districts, including two districts in Pima County, in the 2003-2004 school year.

The Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona’s vision is for Arizona to have one of the best pre-k to 12 educational systems in the country by the year 2020.