Several middle school math instructors gave a presentation on the Every Student Counts program at this months's Storm Lake Board of Education meeting.
This middle school math skills program, which deals with math instruction and math concepts, has been offered to selective schools across the state. This is a three-year program.
A number of teachers attended a conference in Des Moines, led by University of Northern Iowa professors. Several of the same teachers attended a more recent conference in Carroll reinforcing the topic.
The students in middle school are given special math worksheets that help enhance their math skills. Special education students are given the same type of problems, at a different level.
All of the students seem to be improving their math scores. The recent implementation of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills will help determine improvements along with a pretest taken at the beginning of the year, followed up with the same test at the end of the year.
The teachers will collect their data and pass it on to the school board, as requested. The data will also be sent to the state and compared with the data from the other participating schools.
* The school board also approved the 2004-05 school year calendar. Inservice/work days for the instructors will be held Aug. 17-20 and school will begin Aug. 23. There will be early outs on the first two days of regular classes.
First semester will conclude, with 85 days, on Dec. 22. There will be 95 days in the second semester with the last day of school being May 25, if no snow days are used.