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Women’s Educational Equity Act Program FY 2009 Grantee Abstract
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Project Name:Math Excellence through Education,
Opportunity & Rigor (METEOR)
Project Contact: Susan Wandling, (707) 664-3122
Mailing Address: Sonoma State University
Support & Preparation Services Student Affairs
1801 E. Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Project METEOR is designed to improve the academic outcomes and opportunities for young women by preparing them to succeed in advanced math and science courses. Although state data show little discrepancy between test scores of girls and boys in Algebra I, a significant participation and achievement gap appears in advanced math and science courses. Without rigorous academic preparation and motivation, women will continue to be underrepresented in careers that utilize skills and knowledge of math and science.

To address this inequity, the METEOR project will implement a service plan that: (1) identifies participants early in eighth grade and develops their motivation and understanding of STEM careers; 2) provides a Summer Algebra Bridge Academy previous to participants' enrollment in Algebra II; (3) includes tutoring, field trips and motivational workshops; and (4) provides a strong parent information component. Eighty participants will constitute the project cohort from four Sonoma County schools that serve a high percentage of English Language Learners and/or participate in the USDA Free and Reduced Lunch Program and have a significantly low percentage of students who complete rigorous academic state standards.

Academic progress of the cohort will be monitored from 8th through 11th grade. Evaluation of the project will include an experimental design in which both the treatment and comparison groups are measured against proficiency standards on the CST (California Standards Test). The evaluation results will determine the effectiveness of METEOR in addressing Priorities 1, 2 and 3 of this WEEA application.

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