Math Innovation Zones
Math Innovation Zones is a four-year process to design, launch, scale, and sustain a high-quality blended learning model in math throughout a K-8 feeder pattern. Blended learning is defined by the Clayton Christensen Institute as:
A formal education program in which a student learns:
- at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;
- at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;
- and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.
Blended Learning combines face to face instruction with online learning by leveraging technology to assist teachers in diagnosing student prior knowledge, differentiation of academic paths for each student, and adjusting lesson execution based on real-time information about student mastery.
Blended Learning can be categorized into one (or a hybrid) of four models: a rotational model, flex model, a la carte model and an enriched virtual model. These models are clarified in the image below (source: Clayton Christenson Institute). Further information on blended learning taxonomy can be found at www.christenseninstitute.org.
Math Innovation Zones (MIZ) is a four-year process to design, launch, and scale a high-quality blended learning program in K-8 math. Beginning with a planning year in year 0, districts and charters will grow the blended learning program from a subset of grades in year 1 to a full feeder pattern implementation in 4 years. MIZ is managed with a focus on fidelity of implementation (FOI) in both planning and execution, with the goal of designing and implementing a sustainable and high-quality program. MIZ is a part of the Blended Learning Grant Program (BLGP).
Fidelity of Implementation: The primary focus of the MIZ is to support districts and charters in a high-fidelity implementation of blended learning. TEA has built a framework called the MIZ FOI Framework which is divided into two sections: Fidelity of Planning (FOP) - a roadmap to design and implement the program - and Fidelity of Execution (FOE) - a performance management system focused on monitoring student data and making continuous improvement.
Fidelity of Planning: The core of the MIZ planning year is the development of the BLGP Strategic Plan. This in-depth planning process has been created so that all participating districts, and schools consider the many elements of designing and launching a new instructional model. Program participants begin by identifying a problem to be solved through blended learning, defining a program vision, setting SMART goals to guide implementation, and outlining other key academic and operational elements of their blended learning program.
Fidelity of Execution: To manage program performance in the execution phase of implementation, TEA has designed five FOE indicators to inform school, district, and state-level decisions.
- Weekly Student Software Progress: Research-backed measures of weekly student progress on the chosen online curriculum program necessary to lead to significant academic gains
- Weekly Teacher Software Usage: Baseline formative metric on frequency of usage of the software program by each participating teacher
- Weekly Data Driven Instruction (DDI) Time: Weekly checkpoint on the extent to which teachers are engaging with and planning from student academic data as an individual or in teams
- Monthly Meaningful Learning Experiences (MLE): Monthly (semi-monthly in first three months) evidence of the degree to which teachers are being developed within the blended learning instructional model
- Three Times per Year Interim Assessment: Approved interim assessment administered at beginning, middle, and end of year providing evidence of student growth in academic achievement
MIZ Designation: Official MIZ Designation is a status built into the statute establishing MIZ. After meeting FOP requirements, MIZ sites will become “Provisional MIZ” sites, indicating that the sites have achieved part of the MIZ FOI requirements. If FOE requirements are met, MIZ sites will recognized as “Designated MIZ” sites. MIZ designation earns districts additional benefits such as ongoing participation in the MIZ Collective Impact Network, access to the MIZ Resource Center, and a campus pause in Commissioner interventions.
Current Math Innovation Zones Districts
2022-2023 Blended Learning Grant Cohorts
Math Innovation Zones
Promesa Academy Charter School, Taft ISD, Prelude Prep Charter School, Bridgeway Preparatory Academy, Promise Community School, Groesbeck ISD, Clint ISD, Iron County ISD, Evant ISD, Cedars International, Reve Preparatory
Blended Learning Grant: Reading Language Arts
Amarillo ISD, Colorado ISD, Compass Rose Academy, Crowley ISD, Excellence in Leadership Academy, Garland ISD, Houston ISD, Lighthouse Public Schools, Prairie Lea ISD, Royal Public Schools, Santa Maria ISD, Stafford MSD, Temple ISD, Tornillo ISD, Taft ISD, Reve Preparatory
2021-2022 Blended Learning Grant Cohorts
Math Innovation Zones
Aldine ISD, Canutillo ISD, Copperas Cove ISD, East Texas Advanced Academies, Farmersville ISD, Galena Park ISD, Little Elm ISD, Midland ISD, North Lamar ISD, Pawnee ISD, Sabinal ISD, Stafford MSD. Terrell ISD, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD, Vanguard Academy, Victoria ISD
Non Math Pilots
Aransas Pass ISD, Cisco ISD, Compass Rose Academy, Desoto ISD, East Central ISD, Fruitvale ISD, Mineola ISD, Taylor ISD, Uvalde CISD, Ysleta ISD
2020-2021 MIZ Cohort
Anahuac ISD, Aransas Pass ISD, Aristoi Classical Academy, Bandera ISD, Brownsville ISD, Chapel Hill ISD, Compass Rose Academy, Crowley ISD, East Central ISD, Ector County ISD, Fruitvale ISD, Garland ISD, Lytle ISD, Palacios ISD, Raul Yzaguirre Schools, Raymondville ISD, Riesel ISD, San Perlita ISD, Uvalde ISD
2019-2020 MIZ Cohort
Atlanta ISD, Brooks Academies of Texas, Clarendon CISD & ESC Region 16, Edcouch-Elsa ISD, El Paso ISD, Inspired Vision Academy, Iraan-Sheffield ISD, Laredo ISD, Magnolia ISD, Marshall ISD, Sinton ISD, Spring ISD, Temple ISD, UT Tyler University Academy, and Winters ISD
2018 - 2019 MIZ Cohort
Austin Achieve, Cisco ISD, Dallas ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, KIPP Texas, NYOS Charter, PTAA Charter, Point Isabel ISD, Laredo ISD, Mineola ISD, Southside ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Tulia ISD, Uplift Education
Evidence of Impact: Blended Learning
- The Learning Accelerator: Blended Learning Research Clearinghouse 1.0, May 2015
- RAND Corporation: Continued Progress, November 2015
- Christensen Institute: Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts, September 2015
- BLGP Strategic Plan Template
- MIZ Feature on TEA Podcast, TEA Time
- HB3in30: Blended Learning Grant Program
Laws and Rules
MIZ is authorized by Section 28.020 of the Texas Education Code as established by Senate Bill 1318 and funded by the General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 41, 85th Texas Legislature (2017). The BLGP is authorized by Section 29.924 of the Texas Education Code and was established by HB3 in the 85th Texas Legislature (2019).