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Math*STARS Afterschool Programs
In partnership with community based organizations, Math*STARS plays a crucial role in ensuring Boston urban youth have the academic skills, confidence, and self-efficacy to thrive in middle and high school and to successfully navigate into higher education.
The mission of Math*STARS Afterschool Program is to provide a safe space for Boston youth to excel in mathematics and reading, and to develop strength and creativity to promote their own resiliency. Utilizing MathPOWER-trained Tutor-Mentors, Math*STARS offers a unique out-of-school time experience for Boston students by providing one-on-one tutoring, weekly skills-building workshops, and peer mentoring and guidance. The Tutor-Mentors are a consistent presence in the lives of Math*STARS youth, as they commit to serve at least one full day per week, on the same day each week.
Currently, Math*STARS takes place at three sites: Dearborn Middle School, the Boys and Girls Club of South Boston, and the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury, serving more than 300 students.
In addition to the three full-service afterschool sites, MathPOWER piloted a new model of providing afterschool support in five Boston Public Schools, focusing on students studying Algebra I in 8th grade.
What’s happening at Math*STARS?
Math*STARS/Dearborn students participated in the second year of MathPOWER’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP) Project. Over the course of the 2012-2013 school year, sixth and seventh grade students enrolled in Math*STARS engaged in the organization’s Integrated Learning Model: in-class support and pull-out math intervention, Math*STARS Afterschool programming, and math classes led by teachers coached by a MathPOWER Coach.
At Math*STARS twice per week, these students took short assessments focused on a particular Common Core Math standard, and debriefed and studied closely with Tutor-Mentors to better these skills. According to our data, students made great progress and outperformed their non-Math*STARS classmates.
52% of sixth grade Math*STARS students mastered the Ratios standards, 58% mastered Expressions & Equations, and 50% mastered Geometry, while their peers mastered 48%, 42% and 36% respectively. According to Spring 2012 MCAS data, Dearborn students performed poorly in Number Systems. For this reason, Math*STARS Tutor-Mentors and the Director of Afterschool Programs focused much of their academic time on strengthening conceptual and computational fluency in the 4 main operations, place value, and deconstructing word problems.