Posted: Dec 10, 2012 5:47 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 10, 2012 6:54 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Moody High School has been labeled academically unacceptable due to low standardize testing scores.
"We had a 43 percent passing on the first STARR test for Algebra one last year which was concerning, very concerning," said Moody High School Principal Sandra Clement.
This has forced the school to come up with a school improvement plan. The state mandates this to try and help the school get back on the right track.
As apart of the plan, teachers give assessment tests every three weeks to ensure students are understanding their material. Principal Clement has even taken over the math department to ensure the curriculum is going the way it should.
"And even though I don't have a math background, I know what good teaching looks like. And I know how to support a teacher who's in need," said Clement.
But working just within the high school isn't enough. Cunningham Middle School, Moody's main feeder school was also labeled academically unacceptable.
"We knew we had students coming in that were also struggling with math yet coming to the next grade level," said Clement.
So weekly meeting are also being held with them.
On top of all the instructional changes that have been occurring in the math department students also have mandatory notebooks. The students pick up their notebook every day when they walk into class. They fill them with their thoughts and ways they can remember how to work out their math problems.
For the students who may need extra help the school has hired two math tutors to be in every Algebra class.
Moody staff say these changes have been in place since the beginning of the year, and they say they can already see improvements in their student's learning.
Principal Clement's plan was presented to the school board earlier this evening. All the board members were very supportive of the changes.
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