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.