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School board reviews math strategy
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ment in their children’s math studies. The UCDSB version of the provincial stra- tegy will involve reviewing and improving support for teaching staff with math study programs, and also determining which scho- ols may be in need of “intensive support” for their mathematics programs. The dis- trict will also sche- dule monthly Math Study Days for tea- ching staff, support a regional “math network” so teachers can share ideas, and also support special staff and administration training sessions in math instruction. Prior to Allen’s report, UCDSB trustees heard a verbal report from Russell High School Principal Susan Rutters on the suc- cess at her school in improving student math and literacy skills. Rutters noted that 77 per cent of her students scored well in last term’s Grade 10 provincial literacy test.The school is now reviewing the test data to determine how best to help students who did not score well on the exam. Rutters noted that the Grade 9 academic math provincial exam saw an 88 per cent suc- cess rate for Russell High School’s students.
One of EasternOntario’s school districts is reviewing its strategy for teaching mathe- matics to students. The Upper Canada District School Board
(UCDSB) received a report, during its Oct. 12 session, from Superintendent Va- lerie Allen on plans for renewing and revising the strategy for teaching mathe-
The School Board received a report from Superintendent Valerie Allen on plans for renewing and revising the strategy for teaching mathematics...
matics at district schools and thus improve student scoring on provincial exams. The strategy was developed through theMinistry of Education for all Ontario schools, from kindergarten to Grade 12 levels. The aims of the strategy are to increase student achievement and interest in math; increase the expertise of teachers inmathe- matics, theory and practice, and also their own ability to teach students the intricacies of math; improve knowledge and understan- ding of district math strategies andmethods for school boardmembers and administra- tion, so they can better support teaching staff efforts; and also increase parental involve-
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