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Journal Article: Literacy Specialists in Math Class! Closing the Achievement Gap on State Math Assessments

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Education, Mathematics/Achievements, Student, Mathematics/Terminology, Mathematics/Correlation with other subjects, English language/Correlation with other subjects, English as a second language

Authors

DiGisi, Lori L.; Fleming, Dianne

Published

2005, September

Abstract

Part of a special section on closing the achievement gap. A series of lessons have been developed to help English language learners and standard curriculum students improve their mathematical literacy so that they can answer problems on the Massachusetts state math assessment. Working in the math classroom, the literacy specialist aimed to teach students to recognize the types of vocabulary used in math questions and reinforce math vocabulary, provide students with strategies for reading the questions and identifying what they need to do, and give students practice explaining or showing what they had done. The sessions enabled most students to feel prepared.

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