An online pilot program to help eighth- through 10th-graders who are struggling with Algebra I is being launched at 16 high schools and 23 middle schools throughout Oklahoma.
About 10,000 students from low-performing schools are participating in the first year of the program, which is free to their school districts, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
“We wanted to reach students who are most struggling in Algebra I as they prepare to take end-of-instruction tests—one of the requirements for Achieving Classroom Excellence,” said state Superintendent Janet Barresi.
Teacher training is conducted by webinar and will continue through Feb. 8. Training is also free to participating districts.
“This is one of the state department’s efforts to assist low-achieving schools by providing additional resources to teachers and students,” Barresi said.
She said she hopes to expand the program across the state and reach students in younger grades after this pilot year.
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After reviewing seven online programs, the state Education Department selected Apangea Learning Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pa., to provide the supplemental online math instruction and tutoring services.
“We were very impressed with the demonstration of this product and can see the high potential for Algebra I students who are struggling,” said Jeff Downs, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) director for the state Education Department.
He said other states, including Texas, Idaho, and Indiana, have seen success from the program.