Instead of end of the year exam results, students are finding that algebra camp paves a pathway to graduation and math class in the coming school year.
There were many snags this spring in Florida testing, postponing necessary test results that measured final grades. In mid May, the state legislature waived the requirement for algebra and geometry scores counting as 30 percent of a final grade. Without test results, teachers needed to rely on diagnostic tools to determine which students needed summer instruction.
Leon County schools used the state approved Post-Secondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) to determine which students needed additional summer instruction. They had administered both the EOC final test and the PERT.
“Our goal is that we lay out a pathway to graduation for our students,” said Michelle Gayle, a divisional director with the school district. “Students know what they need to do to graduate, to graduate on time and to be college and career-ready.”
PERT scores were available immediately. Students who did not receive the equivalent of a satisfactory on the Algebra I EOC were sent to the Superintendent’s Algebra Academy, which focused on solving systems of equations and factoring polynomials.
“It’s positive here. My teachers break down the math steps for me, and we get more practice time to answer questions,” said incoming Godby High School sophomore Ny’Pheria Jefferson.
“I get a better understanding.”