Project Pay for Success Math Innovation Zones, Texas
Partner Texas Education Agency
Start Date 2018-00-00
Notes Math Innovation Zones—Rider 41 Goals and Objectives: The primary goals of Math Innovation Zones (MIZ) are as follows: • Increase student achievement in math with a specific focus on improving 8th grade Algebra I readiness • Promote long-term financial sustainability in school districts General Description: Math Innovation Zones is authorized by Section 28.020 of the Texas Education Code as established by Senate Bill 1318 and funded by the General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 41, 85th Texas Legislature. MIZ promote Pre-K through 8th grade math achievement by supporting school districts and charter schools in the creation and expansion of high- quality, blended learning programs. Blended learning is an innovative classroom model that leverages technology as a tool for teachers to personalize classroom instruction for all students. When implemented with high fidelity, blended learning has resulted in strong academic gains across many Texas districts. Phase 1: Pilot Math Innovation Zones TEA developed a set of blended learning fidelity of implementation requirements. Once developed, TEA identified pilot Math Innovation Zones across a diverse set of Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to test the effectiveness of the defined requirements. TEA is currently monitoring the pilot program’s planning and execution phases while providing the following supports: • MIZ State Approved Blended Learning Software Vendor List • MIZ State Approved Technical Assistance Network • Outcomes-Based Grants for Achieving Predetermined Benchmarks • TEA Negotiated Vendor Rates • MIZ Programmatic Tools and Resources Phase 2: Pilot Pay for Success Financing Once TEA has demonstrated improved outcomes through pilot Math Innovation Zones, it will launch a Pay for Success (PFS) financing model to scale the program. PFS will minimize financial and operational risks, allowing the program to scale across districts and charter schools in Texas. TEA will work closely with a Pay for Success intermediary and a third-party evaluator to ensure this is an effective mechanism for scale. Authority: Texas Education Code (TEC) § 28.020 Funding: The General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 41, 85th Texas Legislature, 2017 Resources: https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Learning_Support_and_Programs/Math_Innovation_Zones/ Contact: Andrew Hodge, Director of Math Innovation Zones October 2018 andrew.hodge@tea.texas.gov Texas Education Agency, Special Projects (512) 463-9481 By the Numbers Phase 1: Pilot Math Innovation Zones Year 1: Round 1 Pilot (2018-19) • Over 9,000 Students Participating in Round 1 2018-2019: Round 1 Pilot Pilot Across 14 Total Districts and Charter • Over 9,000 Students Across 14 Districts and Schools Representing Over 285,000 Students; Charter Schools Representing Over 285,000 All Planning Grant Participants are Eligible for Students; All Planning Grant Participants are Outcomes-Based Follow-On Grant Eligible for Outcomes-Based Follow-On Grant • 5 Pilot Grant Districts and Charters: Dallas • 5 Pilot Grant Districts and Charters: Dallas ISD, KIPP Houston, Mineola ISD, Spring Branch ISD, KIPP Houston, Mineola ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Tulia ISD ISD, and Tulia ISD • 9 Exploratory Sites (Non-Grant Participants): • 9 Exploratory Sites (Non-Grant Participants): Austin Achieve (Austin); Cisco ISD; Grand Austin Achieve (Austin); Cisco ISD; Grand Prairie ISD; Laredo ISD; NYOS Charter School Prairie ISD; Laredo ISD; NYOS Charter School (Austin); Point Isabel ISD; Pioneer Technology (Austin); Point Isabel ISD; Pioneer Technology Arts Academy (Greenville); Southside ISD (San Arts Academy (Greenville); Southside ISD (San Antonio); and Uplift Education (Fort Worth) Antonio); and Uplift Education (Fort Worth) • 4 State Approved Software Vendors: Imagine • 4 State Approved Software Vendors: Imagine Math, ST Math, IXL Math, Reasoning Mind Math, ST Math, IXL Math, Reasoning Mind • 5 State Approved Technical Assistance • 5 State Approved Technical Assistance Vendors: Afton Partners, CA Group, Education Vendors: Afton Partners, CA Group, Education Elements, Engage2Learn, Clever Elements, Engage2Learn, Clever 2019-2020: Round 2 Pilot Year 2: Round 2 Pilot (2019-20) • 10-15 Grant Recipients in Round 2 Cohort: • 10-15 Grant Recipients in Round 2 Cohort: new set of grantees identified to launch MIZ new set of grantees identified to launch MIZ • 14 Round 1 grantees expand program to new • 14 Round 1 grantees expand program to new grades, doubling the number of students grades, doubling the number of students receiving benefits receiving benefits Phase 2: Pilot Pay for Success Model Year 3: Pilot PFS Model (2020-21) • 10-15 Districts Pilot Pay for Success Model: 2020 – 2021: Round 3 Pilot Subset of grantees test new financing • 10-15 Districts Pilot Pay for Success Model: mechanism to decrease barriers to scale Subset of grantees test new financing • 25-30 existing grantees scale program to new mechanism to decrease barriers to scale grades • 25-30 existing grantees scale program to new • 10-15 grant recipients in Round 3 cohort grades • 10-15 grant recipients in Round 3 cohort Use of Funds     FY 2018  FY2019 Competitive Grants to School Districts    $3,550,000 $3,900,000 Pay for Success Intermediary    $225,000 Pay for Success Evaluator       $225,000 Blended Learning Evaluator $100,000 Total Projected Expenditures for the Biennium: $4,000,000 $4,000,000 Total Allocated Expenditures for the Biennium:       $8,000,000  Math Innovation Zones—Rider 41 Contact: Andrew Hodge, Director of Math Innovation Zones October 2018 andrew.hodge@tea.texas.gov Texas Education Agency, Special Projects (512) 463-9481 
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