Math Innovation Zones

Math Innovation Zones

Through Math Innovation Zones, the Texas Education Agency will support districts and open-enrollment charter schools in the creation and expansion of high quality blended learning programs aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The use of blended learning programs across the state has led to dramatic improvements in both student and teacher focused outcomes, particularly with regard to closing the achievement gap between students.

Through a state approved online curriculum and a robust technical assistance network composed of experts in blended learning implementation, Math Innovation Zones will support districts and open-enrollment charter schools in building and scaling high-quality blended learning programs in math. Math Innovation Zones seeks to improve academic outcomes in math for students in pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) through 8th grade, with a focus on 8th grade Algebra I preparedness and participation as well as financial sustainability for school districts. The opportunity to dramatically impact the life trajectory of students with a focus on 8th grade Algebra I has established the foundation of Math Innovation Zones

UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED:Request for Letters of Interest for 2019-2020 Math Innovation Zones Planning and Execution Grants  

Texas Education Agency (TEA) is actively seeking participation from school districts and open-enrollment charter schools for Math Innovation Zones (MIZ)! Through MIZ, TEA supports school districts and charter schools in the expansion of high-quality blended learning programs in math by defining, supporting, and monitoring a high-fidelity implementation of the program.

Interested school districts and open-enrollment charter schools should review the following attachments and submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) in the template included in Attachment 2A, 2B, and 2C to TEA by Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 5pm CDT.

TAA Letter: To the Administrator Addressed Letter Announcing the 2019-2020 MIZ Planning and Execution Grants

Attachment 1: Request for Letters of Interest for 2019-2020 MIZ Planning and Execution Grants

Attachment 2: Required Response Forms:

  • Attachment 2A: Response Form: District or Charter School Network Information
    • Required: District Overview, Feeder Pattern 1 Form
    • Optional: Additional Feeder Pattern Forms
     
  •  Attachment 2B: Response Form: District or Charter School Network Response Form
  •  Attachment 2C: Response Form: School Specific Response Form

 Attachment 3: Appendix

  1. Math Innovation Zones Fidelity of Implementation Overview
  2. Math Innovation Zones Technical Assistance Network Support Descriptions

RECORDING: 2019-2020 MIZ Planning and Execution Grants Webinar; Program overview and responses to submitted questions for MIZ Planning and Execution Grants; The recorded webinar can be accessed at the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7538050903105377794

Questions and Responses: The questions and responses submitted via email or during the webinar can be found at this link.

 2018-2019 Math Innovation Zones

Pilot - Exploratory Sites

The following school districts and charter schools will join Math Innovation Zones for the 2018-2019 School year:

Pilot Grant Math Innovation Zones: Dallas ISD, KIPP Houston, Mineola ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Tulia ISD

Exploratory Math Innovation Zones: Austin Achieve, Cisco ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Laredo ISD, NYOS Charter, PTAA Charter, Point Isabel ISD, Southside ISD, and Uplift Education

Both Pilot and Exploratory sites will receive state negotiated software rates, access to Math Innovation Zones programmatic resources and will be eligible for an outcomes-based grant of $100,000 from a high-fidelity implementation of the program.

 

Math Innovation Zones State Approved Vendors

A high-fidelity implementation of a blended learning program requires a strong district and school implementation team, expert technical assistance, and a high quality online curriculum program. To support districts and schools in the planning and execution of Math Innovation Zones, TEA has named the following State Approved vendors as a result of a competitive RFQ process:

Approved Vendor Chart2

State Approved Software Vendors: Imagine Math, IXL Math, Reasoning Mind, ST Math

Design and Implementation Support: CA Group, Education Elements, Engage2Learn

Financial Planning and Budgeting Support: Afton Partners, Education Elements

Professional Development Support: CA Group; Education Elements; Engage2Learn

Technology Infrastructure Support: Engage2Learn

Rostering, SSO, Data Support: Clever

 

Impact: Math Innovation Zones Vendors and Blended Learning

Evidence of Impact: MIZ Software Program:

  • Imagine Math: Texas SUCCESS Comprehensive Evaluation Report: LINK HERE
  • IXL Math: The IXL Effect: Texas 2018 LINK HERE  
  • Reasoning Mind: Independent Evaluation of Reasoning Mind Programming: LINK HERE
  • ST Math: Texas Math Outcomes Analysis 2016/17: LINK HERE

 Evidence of Impact: Blended Learning  

  • The Learning Accelerator: Blended Learning Research Clearinghouse 1.0, May 2015: LINK HERE
  • RAND Corporation: Continued Progress, November 2015: LINK HERE
  • Christensen Institute: Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts, September 2015: LINK HERE  

 

    Letters of Interest for 2018-2019 Math Innovation Zone Pilot Grants (closed)

    School districts and open enrollment charter schools submitted Letters of Interest for the 2018-2019 Math Innovation Zones Pilot Grants on April 27th, 2018. Interested parties may reference the program guidelines, response forms, and scoring rubric in the To the Administrator Addressed letter at this link

    Other resources resulting from the Letter of Interest process include:

    Recording of the webinar for interested school districts and open enrollment charter schools can be found at this link. Questions and responses from the Letter of Interest process can be found in the following links: 

    Pre-submitted Questions and Responses 

    Webinar Submitted Questions and Responses

    Laws and Rules

    The following laws related to Math Innovation Zones have been established: 
    TEC Sec. 28.020