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21st Century aims to boost math skills

The 21st Century Community Learning Center program in McDuffie County will be part of a research project aimed at boosting math skills.

The School Board voted April 14 to participate in a program focusing on both remedial and accelerated math instruction for grades 2-5. McDuffie County is one of 25 sites chosen to participate in the project.

"This is quite an honor for us to be selected for this research project," said Mark Petersen, superintendent.

The program is one of two currently underway through the research organization MDRC out of New York. MDRC is also researching a reading project in other selected schools.

As part of the research in McDuffie County, MDRC will provide additional tools and supplies to assist students using a math curriculum developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Harcourt School Publishers and the Success for all Foundation, said Kathryn Collins in a planning meeting April 13. MDRC will provide the curriculum, training and tech support for the project.

The project will give the school district a chance to evaluate new curriculum and the student success without the initial cost of curriculum and training.

"The nice thing is when they leave, they leave all the materials they have used the entire year," she added.

As part of the study, MDRC will conduct pre and post tests and also gather other data. When the study is complete, the information will be shared with the school district, Dr. Collins said.

According to the MDRC web site, the Evaluation of Academic Instruction in After-School Programs will test the ability of after-school programs to implement instruction using materials adapted from regular school settings, and to improve academic achievement for their participants.



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