This study, a component of the evaluation of PRISM, had three purposes.
First, test the hypothesis that elementary-school teachers who earn the P-5 mathematics endorsement (a) increase their knowledge and understanding of important mathematics required to effectively teach the K-5 mathematics GPS, and (b) change their teaching practices in ways that make those practices more reflective of the standards-based approach implicit in the GPS.
Second, identify other impacts of earning the endorsement.
Third, explain the greater success achieved by Northeast Georgia PRISM compared to other PRISM regions in recruiting and retaining participants in the endorsement program.
Finally, explore contextual factors relating to implementation in the classroom.
These claims relate directly to PRISM's goals.