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CONYERS -- Rockdale County Public Schools staff members hope to help some high school students who have been struggling with math.

"Many high school students are struggling in mathematics with the increased level of rigor brought by changes in the math curriculum," said RCPS Superintendent Richard Autry, adding that students all over the state are experiencing problems, not just those in Rockdale County.

The Rockdale County Board of Education recently approved for RCPS to redirect $135,000 in funds to cover a contract with Elevate K12 to provide instructional services to ninth- and 10th-grade math students. Funds will come from Title I school program funds and previously allocated RCPS safety net funds.

"There are no additional funds, just the redirection of funds," Autry said.

Gene Baker, assistant superintendent for School Improvement at RCPS, reported to the board that 75 students per high school will get to participate in the program at one time, and once certain students master the skills or if a student moves, other students can take their places.

The program will be offered during support classes during the regular school day on their high school campuses.

"Elevate K12 has developed a safety net program that tailors math support to the needs of individual students," Autry said.

Baker said that each student in the program will have an individualized plan of study based on an assessment and the RCPS curriculum. It uses a mix of technology and live interaction with trained tutors who are graduate school math students.

Elevate K12 began in 2007 at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, to provide educational products and instruction to students using technology, according to its website.


will 1 year, 9 months ago

This shows us where our students are. This program is another way to help the student get through school by holding their hand. Rockdale schools have one of the worst graduation rates in metro Atlana thanks to the welfare abusers that have taken over. The school board here has no real credentials. Tony Dowdy, what does he bring to the table, an associates degree wow thats credential material. This board is one of the weakest around and they need to replace all of them. Keep up the good work RCBOE this school system is done look at your rivals Clayton, Dekalb, City of Atlanta and Marietta City. What do they all have in common, low graduation rates and high drop out rates. Drug test all elected members of government and welfare recipients.


Rob 1 year, 9 months ago

I agree with most of what your saying here but how about giving the new people a chance? Dowdy, Pharr and North haven't been on the job long enough to criticize them yet. Our real problems lie with guys like brad Smith. If half of the parents in Rockdale sat down with that guy for 15 minutes there's no way they would keep electing him! But the BOE is only part of the problem. Our government run schools aren't designed for success stories. They are designed to suck us taxpayers dry! I no longer blame the school systems (although they are fun to laugh at), the real problem lies with the parents who are to preoccupied with themselves to realize their kids aren't getting an education!


AudreyRuth 1 year, 9 months ago

IMHO, after being in the field of education for a couple of decades, it would have been far better if the state had levied "the increased level of rigor brought by changes in the math curriculum" from elementary level up, instead of suddenly enforcing this change at the high school level. This makes it doubly difficult for students who were not prepared for these changes when they were younger.


JayPee 1 year, 9 months ago

I'd rather invest in their education now, than having them rob or kill me later. It's not a coincidence that most of the crimes being committed lately are young people under 25. I'd also assume that most of these criminals aren't educated. If we ignore them now, we'll pay for it later.


Rob 1 year, 9 months ago

The problem with your line of thought is, many of them have finished High School. We're just now seeing the pathetic results of public education.


Rob 1 year, 9 months ago

Just pass 'em anyway and be sure to give them all of trophy! Notice how this article places no blame on the parents or educators? When will we start to get tough with these kids. Not everybody is "special". Some kids are just simply dumb! I know that's not PC but come on already! This is the problem with government education. We just simply make excuses and start "new programs". If the teachers are doing all they can and the kids are still ignorant, they need to pick up the phone and start screaming at these dead beat parents!


Elmo 1 year, 7 months ago

I remember 7th grade...a math book with both front and back covers torn off...Mr. C.J. Hicks was the teacher. If you were falling behind, he didn't panic and call the school board for more money, or some silly program...he just made sure you paid attention, and work with you until you learned. He would send notes home to the parents, urging them to engage in their childrens' education. But, if you didn't do your homework, he would refer to a BOARD of was about a 18 inches long, 4 inches wide, and had holes drilled in it to prevent air resistance.

With all the PC silliness that runs rampant in today's education, it's a wonder kids can write their names.

It's time to demand excellence, and respect for learning.


superman 1 year, 7 months ago

I know of teachers that actually gave points on exams for following directions like writing your name and date in the correct location. I've been working for many years and I'm not awarded a merit increase for being at my post at my scheduled time. I'm rewarded for going above and beyond. In cases for these kids if all they get right on an exam is their name they should get a 0. Don't banish 0's. I don't much care for P.C.- we have Administrative Assistants now because Secretary is a demeaning title. I'm pretty sure we're pretty close to calling Admin Assistants something else because it is demeaning. Things are what they are, titles have never bothered me much. A garbage collector is just that, someone that collection garbage.


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