The GSES Integrated Mathematics Programme (IMP) is a technology assisted learning program that enables schools to run a structured and accountable mathematics curriculum. The GSES IMP incorporates structured online courses, online assessments, and student progress data analysis with teacher professional development courses. The schools that the GSES IMP currently supports are all located in socio-economically disadvantaged areas.
Student performance analysis is conducted twice per semester using extensive online reporting and analysis tools which give the school administrators and teachers a high-level overview of current student performance. These tools offer the ability to easily collect and analyze teacher, grade, class, and individual student data. Curriculum planners and teachers can make informed educational and operational decisions based on this real-time information. Teachers can track class and student progress using assessment data and easily group learners to provide individualized teaching based on particular areas of need.
Curriculum content analysis by the GSES IMP provides data on a per child, per class, and per topic basis to inform the effectiveness of the curriculum and the teaching methodologies used. This analysis is accessible to department heads and teachers. Professional Learning Communities are facilitated between schools to allow for sharing of best practices and peer to peer support.
As part of the IMP GSES trains young individuals living in the communities where the schools are located. These Technical teaching Assistants (TTAs) are enrolled to support the math teachers in such a way that the teachers develop confidence in the use of ITs. These TTAs become part of the immediate school community with a clearly defined career path.
All Green Shoots projects have a strong emphasis on their sustainability beyond the life of the Project. Green Shoots recognizes that investing in developing young people from within the communities it serves provides not just sustainability but much needed upliftment.
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CEI approaches in action
The schools that the GSES IMP currently supports are all located in socio-economically disadvantaged areas of the Western Cape.
The GSES IMP started with a focus on the Grade 6 mathematics curriculum for educators and learners (11-12 years old) in July 2012. By the start of 2013, the program covered online materials, assessments, and teacher support for the mathematics curriculum for Grades 3-6 in the two languages of learning and teaching, English and Afrikaans.
The program was asked to develop online resources to support the after-school community; from homework clubs, farm centers or children learning on their own. Maths @ Home was launched in January 2014 for Grades 3-6.
In May 2014 GSES IMP launched its Grade 9 online math support program for 15-16 year olds.
The program is now looking to expand these in-school and after school programs throughout South Africa and hopefully neighboring countries.
This program has developed a lower cost model that is being self-funded by individual schools with existing technology. The aim is to scale this model using cluster training and skills transfer to the local structures for sustainable growth.
The after school model (Maths @ Home) will be replicated by partnering with existing after school providers (e.g. Provinicial Office of the Premier or existing learning centers/hubs).
Monitoring & Evaluation
This program's M&E structure is based around a logical framework analysis detailing the key impact and outcomes. The daily comprehensive data provided by the online system is monitored on a weekly basis, wither termly summary analysis. Regular user surveys are completed online and in face to face interviews.
This program was evaluated as part of Zisukhanyo School Programme.
"The ZSP results to date inducate a very successful project. As per the ToR for the assignment, the conclusions should be considered in relation to relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability. The ToR also refers to 'value for money,' in effect a combination of efficiency and effectiveness." (Zisukhanyo Schools Project Evaluation Report, p .19).
See 2012-2013 Annual National Assessment results for Grade 6 Mathematics.