We address failing performance directly, using a few major initiatives:
- Tap into your community. Call on parents, older students, community organizations, and employees at local businesses to staff a person-to-person tutoring system, at no cost.
- Raise the bar, one child at a time. Provide rapid, in-class, assessment system to determine Math proficiency. Render results immediately after taking the test.
- Build upon what you know. Deploy web-based software that responds to each assessment with student-specific math drill recommendations that build upon what each student already knows.
- Enable non-math proficient tutors. Empower parents and other volunteers to become effective math tutors (we call them monitors) through the use of World Class Math Project’s proprietary material.
WHAT KIND OF IMPROVEMENTS CAN YOU EXPECT?
Proven. Benjamin Bloom, in a landmark 1984 study at the University of Chicago, demonstrated conclusively that one-on-one tutoring can improve students scoring in the 50th percentile by a full two standard deviations—to about the 98th percentile!
Dramatic. Case in point, the Match School, an inner-city Boston charter school, used paid one-on-one tutors to ensure that 99% of the school’s first five graduating classes entered four-year colleges between 2004 and 2008. They accomplished this in a setting where 50% of US inner-city kids never get a high school diploma, and only 10% earn a four year college degree!
Rapid. Generally, we expect substantial improvement within one semester or less.
Our learning process follows these, looped actions:
- Assess student performance, individually, or by class, grade, school or school district.
- Analyze student math competency and auto-recommend Math Drills designed to build upon past strengths.
- Evaluate student performance during the monitored drill session and report results to the teacher.
The process is repeated until the student, the class, the school and the school district is up-to-grade.