Additional time for math instruction is making math acceleration in elementary school possible.
This year, third through fifth graders in Huntsville City, Alabama, will receive 90 more hours of math instruction this year.
Superintendent Dr Casey Wardynski believes that children in Huntsville “should own math”. The objective is to make Algebra I the standard math class for all eighth graders by 2017. This means that there will need to be more focus on math in elementary, and many students will have an extra 30 minutes of math instruction every day.
The district has identified 115 master teachers who will teach only moth in three elementary grades.
Huntsville’s district math acceleration coordinator is Missy Walker, a 2014 Huntsville City Schools Teacher of the Year. She says that math acceleration is “going deeper not faster,” because students will have a better understanding which leads to better retention.
Missy Walker, a 2014 Huntsville City Schools Teacher of the Year while at Huntsville Middle School, is the district’s math acceleration coordinator. She described math acceleration as “going deeper not faster,” by getting students to have a better “conceptual knowledge” of math that leads to better retention.
“In order to achieve the goal, we have to start preparing our students in kindergarten,” she said.