DOE offers free graduation math remediation this summer

A public service announcement on behalf of Georgia DOE:

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge announced that the Georgia Department of Education will be offering Project ExPreSS in mathematics for summer 2011. Project ExPreSS (Exam Preparation for Student Success) is a free, two-week summer remediation program for Georgia public high school juniors who were first-time test-takers this year and did not pass the mathematics portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Tests

“Due to the past success of Project ExPreSS in social studies and science, we feel this program is an opportunity to fill the gap in mathematics and help students succeed,” said Superintendent Barge. “With this year being the first year that our students will take the Georgia Performance Standards-based GHSGT, we anticipate that some students will need remediation with our state’s best teachers, which is exactly what Project ExPreSS provides.”

Project ExPreSS in mathematics will be offered June 13-24, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

There are 40 high school host sites located throughout the state to make the program accessible to students statewide.

For more information on registration and site locations for the summer Project ExPreSS, click here.

In addition to the summer Project Express in mathematics, an online tutorial of the GHSGT is available in all four content areas.

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

25 comments Add your comment

ScienceTeacher671

April 27th, 2011
5:52 am

Our kids haven’t gotten their GHSGT results yet, but sounds like they won’t be good in math…

Dunwoody Mom

April 27th, 2011
6:57 am

I have heard as well that the state believes the Math scores will be poor. They made the test harder this year, as they did the Social Studies portion earlier. So, we make the test harder the year that the test is totally based on the new GPS Math standards.

Make sense????

Ernest

April 27th, 2011
7:02 am

Glad to see the state being proactive in this manner. The key for this to be successful is to ensure the message flows to all students and homes. I hope their is a plan to collaborate with all high schools regarding this offering.

Ernest

April 27th, 2011
7:07 am

Looking at the FAQ, I noticed that the transportation decision will be up to each local school district. That could hinder participation in some areas.

EducationCEO

April 27th, 2011
8:13 am

Gotta hand it to Barge (even though I did not vote for him), he has been very proactive in addressing these issues, instead of waiting a few years to see if scores improve. We needed someone like him years ago…

EducationCEO

April 27th, 2011
8:16 am

Another thought: I wonder if Gwinnett will try to charge students to make some money off of this program, since all districts receive the Credit Recovery curriculum for free yet Gwinnett charges for it. Should be interesting.

NY Teaching Vet

April 27th, 2011
8:46 am

@EducationCEO – the state’s Credit Recovery curriculum is free to schools, but the state does not provide funding for facilitators. They require a facilitator to enroll students, track their progress, proctor all unit tests, arrange for EOCTs as needed, and ensure that the grades are posted to the transcript. That is the minimum required – in order for students to be successful, they need MUCH more support than that. There is no FTE for these courses, so they must be completed outside of the school day. Therefore, many schools charge a fee.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Augusta

April 27th, 2011
9:16 am

KUDOS to Dr. Barge and his team on their efforts to increase the probability that our HS graduates will have the Math skills a complex, competitive adult world requires!

KUDOS also to our many competent parents, teachers, administrators and other school staff who work hard every day to help our kids ready themselves for responsible, productive lives after high school!

soccermom

April 27th, 2011
10:55 am

ROTFLMAO!!! and shaking my head in disbelief!
The powers that be in Georgia have just decided that 2 weeks (2 weeks??) of tutoring will be enough to counteract the train wreck that has been our math curriculum since the class of ‘12 entered high school?!
This whole re-invention of the math curriculum has been an utter fiasco from the decision about how to grant credits for high school math courses taken in middle school to what books are used to how the teachers teach it (many times very poorly)!
The Class of ‘12 have been the guinea pigs and have been royally screwed!

Me

April 27th, 2011
11:03 am

Where is the money for this coming from?

thomas

April 27th, 2011
11:12 am

Well, I guess schooling is now officially test preparation…

Concerned Tax Payer

April 27th, 2011
11:41 am

Right on, @soccermom!

Dunwoody Mom

April 27th, 2011
12:56 pm

@thomas – schooling has been test preparation since NCLB began.

Tired of the rat race

April 27th, 2011
1:31 pm

we have our scores….93% pass rate. I’d love to say it’s because we do a great job of teaching, but I’m afraid it’s more about the state doing a great job with scoring.

mom of a junior

April 27th, 2011
4:17 pm

Tired of the rat race-
What county are you, and is that a 93 percent pass rate in math or across the board?

Change In leadership

April 27th, 2011
4:58 pm

Please add Atlanta Public School to the top of the list…………………………

Ole Guy

April 27th, 2011
5:41 pm

Second paragraph: “Due to the past success…”. Is this success quantifiable? How many students attended? How many students passed? What were their grades going into the program?

Lets not add more icing on the cake until we know its good cake. Fundamental math concepts are not simply values which can be force fed within a brief window of time. One certainly does not wish to cast negativity upon good intentions. Lets just make sure this program does not result in psuedo accomplishments which, at the end of the day, yield little beyond a passing grade.

Really amazed

April 27th, 2011
6:18 pm

Once again, public school redo’s!!!! Don’t have the grade yet?? Wait, you get another chance. Don’t get me wrong I do believe the new math is c— but everything else in GA public schools get extra pts. or redos why not for this too. More grade inflation!! Schools need to meet AYP period.

another comment

April 28th, 2011
12:43 am

My maid just told me a friend of her daughter’s was being charged $600 by Cobb County. She had failed the Graduation test and would not be allowed to walk at graduation, and would have to go to the Math class during the summer and retake the test.

another comment

April 28th, 2011
12:47 am

Her Cobb County School also now came up with a letter Friday that you also had to have above a 74 in Algebra II to graduate, even if you had passed the Math Graduation test. That was news to them when failing in Cobb had always been a 70. They were shocked at this letter a month before graduation, with a new rule. This is with the old Math, it will be worse with Math 1,2, 3.

David Sims

April 28th, 2011
7:27 am

The problem with learning math eclectically is that the rules pertaining to the procedures are complicated, or at least seem to be complicated, to the initiate. One who studies a procedure needs to build up a sort of momentum of comprehension for what he’s dealing with. And some things just naturally lead into other things (like functions and their inverses), and disrupting the natural order causes a waste of learning momentum. It’s like losing a train of thought. That’s why I don’t like the new way for teaching math, as I’ve heard it described. But probably somebody has pride and position invested in it, and you’ll have to create pressure enough to force whoever it is to Back Off despite losing face (and maybe job) for doing so. It would be much simpler just to shoot the culprit, but I suppose that would be illegal.

tiredoftheratrace

April 28th, 2011
10:30 am

mom of a junior

This was for math alone, our science was actually at 98.7%. I’m in a rural county in NE Georgia (scores haven’t been made public, so I don’t want to name it yet)

Ole Guy

April 28th, 2011
2:59 pm

Comment, that’s a damn good ides…charge THE parents of these kids who cannot get their stuff together long enough to pass a test on a topic for which they have been (ostensibly) preparing, AT PUBLIC EXPENSE, for a long long time. Granted, these are tough topics for any kid…for a lot of adults, for that matter. But let’s be realistic…first time’s on me/a freebie for you. After that, you’re on your own dime. TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE!

A Failed Student

May 2nd, 2011
2:08 pm

WE just recieved our math scores today, and trust me they were bad, a large percentage of the juniors in my school failed

mom of a junior

May 2nd, 2011
4:01 pm

@A failed student-
What county are you from?