“An Overview of Lindbergh’s Math Program” Lindbergh Middle School, Long Beach Unified School Distric

Winter 2006 | | January 21, 2006 at 3:07 pm

Lindbergh Middle School enrolls 1272 students in grades 6-8 on a multi-track schedule. Eight out of 10 Lindbergh students receive free and reduced price lunches and 30% are English language learners. The ethnicities include 59% Hispanic, 25 % African American, 7% Asian, 5% Pacific Islander, 2% White and 2% Filipino.

Lindbergh Middle School has achieved the most academic growth of any middle school in the Long Beach Unified School District, improving by 57 points on the state’s 2003-2004 Academic Performance Index (API). This recent improvement builds on last year’s impressive gain of 73 points, moving the school’s performance index from 453 to 678 in five years.

Math coach Peggy Gutierrez credits much of the school’s success to the time teachers spend working together to examine and discuss student work and lesson plans. Teachers from each grade level meet together every month to fine tune instruction in reading, writing and math. They examine student work by ethnic group and by levels. While analyzing student work, teachers saw that the proficient student errors differ from basic student errors. As instructors pushed students to higher levels, the school also increased their higher level course offerings.

Lindbergh MS, left to right: Ronald Yearwood, English teacher; Abby Pappenful, AVID teacher; Ken Zavala, AVID coordinator; Dr. Avery Hall, Principal; Peggy Gutierrez, Math coach

Regional Coordinator: Frank Holmes

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