Schools Take Steps to Help Improve Math Skills

By: Lisa Blackwell Email
By: Lisa Blackwell Email

High school students across the nation are not making the grade in math. That's hurting their ability to go to college and get jobs.

Wallace College officials say they have around 600 students taking remedial courses for math. Meanwhile, Dothan High School officials say they're taking steps that go beyond their hallways to help students improve math skills.

It's a nationwide problem that hits close to home. Colleges requiring students to take remediation courses because they can't meet minimum requirements for math skills. Students have weaknesses from numeric skills to algebraic skills. Wallace College has addressed the problem by offering remedial courses that allow students to start working on a college degree right away, while they catch up in math.

Dr. Jim Kinney, the Director of Math & Computer Science at Wallace College, says, “It's web-based so they can do it at home and that material is geared with a text book, marked with a text book, so the instructor has put the material out there for them to work with. There's sample homework problems, quizzes and tests as well.”

Local high schools are implementing a new program called high schools that works to help address the deficiency in math abilities.

Connie Griggs, the Assistant Principal of Dothan High School, says, “It has to do with bridging that gap between high school and college, but also bridging the gap between middle school and high school; because we have students that come to us with the same situation. They are lacking in math skills.”

School officials say that jobs of the future will require greater math skills.

Dr. Kinney says, “The technology that we anticipate for the future uses mathematics as a foundation, extremely. As a result a weakness in mathematics hurts students. It puts them behind.”

Wallace College says their remedial math program has a 50% success rate.

They plan to enhance their program by offering individual remediation tailored to the student that will take them beyond the classroom setting.

For more information about the remedial math courses at Wallace College, you can contact them at 800-543-2426.


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