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Math Acceleration and Student Achievement: Evidence from Wake County, NC

Saturday, November 11
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: 217 BC

Single‐subject acceleration in the Wake County Public School System is a practice through which students meeting qualifying criteria in grades K‐7 can take advanced academic content in mathematics or English/Language Arts. The district began accelerating elementary and middle school students in 2013‐14, and the policy entered its third year in 2015‐16. The roots of acceleration can be traced as far back as the late 19th century, when public schools in St. Louis experimented with flexible promotion policies. In this paper, we use regression discontinuity design to present causal impacts of SSA in WCPSS for the school years 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Matthew A. Lenard

Director, Data Strategy and Analytics
Wake County Public School System

Matthew Lenard is Director of Data Strategy and Analytics at the Wake County Public School System. Prior to joining Wake County, he was Policy Analyst at the Southern Regional Education Board and a Teach for America Corps Member. His work at Wake County focuses on program and policy evaluation, improving the quality and use of data across the district, and developing research-practice partnerships. He regularly presents his research to various stakeholder groups, including teachers, school leaders, district leadership, and the board of education. His work has appeared in various education conference proceedings (AEFP, AERA, APPAM, and SREE) and is supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

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Michelle Gainey

AIG Coordinating Teacher
Wake County Public School System

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Shani R. Brown

COORDINATING TEACHER FOR THE ACADEMICALLY OR INTELLECTUALLY GIFTED PROGRAM
WAKE COUNTY

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