Mathematics Audit of the DoDEA Schools: 2014-2015
RAND National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States
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The Department of Defense Education Activity DoDEA operates 181 schools to educate military dependents. The schools are located in 11 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEAs Community Strategic Plan for school years 20132014 through 20172018 calls for continuously improving the education of military dependents to ensure that they have the skills needed to compete in the 21st-century labor market. The Community Strategic Plan commits DoDEA to implement the Common Core State Standards CCSS, to which DoDEA refers as the College and Career Readiness CCR standards, as a way to ensure the continued provision of high-quality education to military dependents. This study examined the quality of the current DoDEA kindergarten through 12th grade mathematics program which is focused on mathematics standards adopted in 2009 in eight key areas identified by DoDEA. We also examined the extent to which teachers and administrators current practices supported the implementation of the CCR standards in mathematics, identified concernsrelated to the implementation of the CCR standards, and made recommendations for improving implementation which began during the latter part of our study in the future.