|Project Name:||Promoting Readiness in Science and Math (PRISM)|
|Project Contact:||Linda Witt, (502) 485-3787|
|Mailing Address:||Jefferson County Board of Education|
Com. Dev. & Gov. Rel. LEEP
VanHoose Education Center
P.O. Box 3420
Louisville, KY 40232
Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) proposes Project Promoting Readiness In Science and Math (PRISM), a gender equity program which supports activities to assist approximately 500 7th and 8th grade girls attending Olmsted South Academy. The project will target students who have scored below proficiency in math and/or science on standardized tests and are at greatest risk of not completing high school. Project PRISM will enable students to achieve proficiency through a matrix of strategies including the integration of technology into daily classroom instruction, teacher training, and STEM career awareness activities. Research-based recommendations from the Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide, Encouraging Girls in Math and Science, serve as the framework for how the project will motivate students and influence their academic paths and future career options. The objectives for the project are:
Objective 1: To support student learning and increase students' academic performance through increased availability of classroom technology, the integration of technology directly into the teaching of math and science, and increased use of on-line instructional resource; and
Objective 2: Provide career guidance and activities which promote student learning and girls' awareness of /and interest in STEM careers where women have been underrepresented.
Outcomes include: 3% annual increase in the number of students reaching proficiency or above in math and science on standardized tests, statistically significant higher pre-post growth on the CATS academic indices for science and math than a comparable comparison group, and a 5% annual increase in the number of 8th graders applying to STEM-related career magnet high school programs.