NKU partnership seeks to improve Kentucky high school math performance

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For immediate release…
Thursday – Dec. 6, 2012

NKU Partnership Seeks to Improve
Kentucky High School Math Performance

– Northern Kentucky University, AT&T and the Kentucky Center for Mathematics are partnering to improve Kentucky high school students’ math skills.

AT&T will award KCM and NKU $20,000 at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, in the Boone County High School library to launch this new math club initiative. KCM will use the grant funds to create clubs in five high schools throughout Kentucky that will meet weekly and use the Charles A. Dana Center’s Agile Mind Academic Youth Development Program curriculum to help struggling students.

Students will have access to online learning tools that help them better understand algebra, the fundamental math course in high school. Algebra teaches students the basics for more advanced math courses such as geometry, trigonometry and calculus. Students without these essential skills cannot advance to higher math courses and have difficulty on state proficiency and college placement tests. By addressing their problems early, students have a better chance for success in mathematics in high school, college and adult life.

The Dana Center curriculum also teaches students how to learn in general. Students learn how the mind works and how they can grow their intelligence. The math sessions will help students build their self confidence, their math skills and their willingness to learn.

The math clubs are KCM’s first major high school math initiative. The center works through its Primary Mathematics Intervention Program and Numeracy Project to increase elementary students’ understanding of basic mathematics concepts. KCM provides teachers throughout Kentucky with strategies and resources to help struggling students. As a result, many of the students who receive help in first grade score proficient or distinguished on their fourth grade proficiency tests. KCM hopes to achieve similar results with this new program.

State Sen. Katie Kratz Stine (R-Fort Thomas), who advocated for KCM, will join David McFaddin, AT&T’s regional director for legislative and external affairs as well as representatives from KCM and NKU and Boone County High School students and teachers for Monday’s check presentation.

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