TES works to enhance math

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If nothing else, the Troy Board of Education left its meeting Monday knowing one thing — Troy Elementary School is working on its math skills.

After falling short in one category last year, TES didn’t quite make the marks of state proficiency in math. But, even just one category was enough to get the school system on its toes.

TES Principal Geoffrey Spann told the board several steps TES teachers are taking to enhance its math skills.

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For third, fourth and fifth graders, students have been split in classes based on their testing levels. Spann said they are either placed in a regular, special education or resource class.

The school also has purchased “Study Island,” a computer-based program to aide in the learning process.

Students are preparing for the Alabama Reading and Math Test in the spring. But, Spann and Troy City Schools Superintendent Linda Felton-Smith both assured the point behind extra math enhancement is not just for testing “proficient.”

“We are there for the children,” Spann said.

“We will not just teach the test,” Felton-Smith said.

Rather, testing is a way for the school systems to measure students’ progress, they said.

The testing is done in April, and Spann said teachers are well on the way to preparing students to meet those goals.

“It’s like if we’re going to Burger King at noon. It doesn’t matter how we get there, just that we arrive at noon,” Spann said. “It doesn’t necessarily matter how we’re there as long as we’re there.”

Also in the meeting, the board approved a resolution for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

With a decrease in state funding for the year, the school system was able to draw from federal stimulus money.

However, when that money is depleted, the school system had to agree to move positions back to state funding.

The board also recognized the teachers of the year for last year: Sarah Sally Matthews, Jannique Baxter Lee and Dorothy Peterson.

“Congratulations and thank you for everything you do for our schools,” Felton-Smith said.