A revised plan to tackle St. Helena Elementary School’s weak spots — including math test scores — was presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday night.
The changes include hiring a math interventionist to work with students, assigning homework in reading and math to focus on specific grade-level expectations and encouraging all students to attend extra school days specifically designed to teach math.
The plan still includes the elements created and prioritized through input from the school’s School Improvement Council and community meetings.
The plan was revised to include the math focus after school district officials realized the school’s math scores on standardized test were the weak point that resulted in an “F” rating on progress toward federal standards.
Acting superintendent Jackie Rosswurm told the school board that the plan will likely be tweaked as it is implemented. It will be presented to the School Improvement Council on Tuesday, and the school board will receive an update on the implementation in November.
Board members asked some questions about the plan. Bill Evans asked if there was any push to boost girls’ performance in math classes. Rosswurm said the plan hasn’t gotten down to that level of detail yet.
Michael Rivers, who represents St. Helena Island, questioned why math coach positions were cut at St. Helena Elementary.
Rosswurm said the positions were eliminated districtwide and instead of each school having one math coach, two schools share one.
Rivers questioned the wisdom of that decision.
“(The school) said it needed something, and then we took it away and the results were negative,” he said. “You have to wonder, are we really contributing to that negativity?”
Check out the revised plan below.
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