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Middle School Students in Texas: Algebra Ready (MSTAR) Pilot Project



MSTAR Pilot is designed to increase the preparedness of middle school students to be successful in Algebra I and meet standards on Algebra I end-of course test. It was created to serve as an early test of strategies to be used in TEA’s Algebra Readiness Initiative.

MSTAR Pilot grant funding is used to implement strategies focused on eight key research-based curricula and professional development strategies designed to meet the recommendations of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel that include:

  • A curriculum that simultaneously develops conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem solving skills.
  • Proficiency with whole numbers, fractions, and particular aspects of geometry and measurement.


  • School districts and open-enrollment charter schools were eligible to apply for funding on behalf of a campus that serves students in grades 7-8.
  • School districts were required to demonstrate readiness to immediately implement the key practices of the MSTAR Pilot Program.


  • 17 campuses served: (representing 9 school districts)
  • 65 teachers participating
  • 4,000 students served

Research-based key practices:

  • Increase instructional time for mathematics
  • Increase teacher content knowledge in mathematics 
  • Diagnose student learning in mathematics 
  • Increase teacher collaboration and build professional learning communities 
  • Implement classroom-based coaching and professional development 
  • Integrate technology that builds classroom collaboration 
  • Utilize accelerated, problem-based curriculum 
  • Increase administrator and parental support of math teaching and learning

A final evaluation progress report from each grantee is due to TEA at the end of the grant period.

Funding Information

Awards range from $84,000-$313,000 depending on the number of campus participating per district and enrollment of the campus.

  • FY2009 (August 1, 2009–May 31, 2011) - $1,187,000 


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Department of State Initiatives
Program Manager: Laura Gaines

Page last modified on 9/30/2010 11:34:47 AM.