In 2015, Muir Elementary began to grow its lesson study work school-wide, focusing on Teaching Through Problem-solving in mathematics. Muir’s mathematics standardized test scores from 2015-19 are shown below, by student subgroup. The black lines show SFUSD results for comparison.
*Information from the California Department of Education http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest
Muir School serves 225 students; school demographics are shown below.
What has allowed John Muir Elementary to close the achievement gap? Some distinguishing features of the school’s work include
- Educators use lesson study to build, enact and refine a common vision of good practice
- Teaching approaches emphasize student agency–for example, mathematics is taught through problem-solving
- Teacher leaders deepen expertise through SFUSD’s teacher fellow network