# Algebra Students are Back on Track

The Athena math department continues to ask the question “What happens when a student is not learning?” In response to this question, we have created a response to intervention (RtI) system (see diagram below). This system consists of 3 tiers, with the 3rd tier being the most intensive. A Tier 3 intervention that we recently implemented was a combination of after school and February break sessions. This program was titled the “Algebra Opportunity Academy” (AOA).

As a result of this program, 12 out of 12 students earned credit back for at least one quarter. The average student increased **each** of their course quarter grades by 7 and a half points! Also, most students liked it, were engaged, and gave positive feedback about the program (see data below from a survey given on the last day). These 12 students are now on track to pass Integrated Algebra.

*The following sections are a brief outline of the program:*

**Screening Process**

Students that have an average of below 65% should be placed in this Tier 3 intervention support class. 1st and 2nd quarter grades will be examined, along with teacher recommendations.

**Assessments/Progress Monitoring**

As a goal of this program is to recover credit that was not earned in quarters 1 and 2, students will be assessed on AMSCO chapters 1-8. They will be assessed through Castle Learning and written tests. Using Castle Learning, students will have the opportunity to complete extra work at home/off-campus.

Two math teachers with algebra experience will co-teach this program (Maillet & Shoemaker). Teachers will be in close contact with the students’ current Integrated Algebra teachers. Maillet and Shoemaker will select, monitor, and schedule these students in this support class (with assistance from assistant principal).

**Curriculum**

Teachers will use GCSD approved Integrated Algebra curriculum. In addition, teachers will prepare additional activities that will engage our targeted students; Students will participate in problem solving groups and the Castle Learning program.

**Desired Results**

Targeted students will increase their average in Integrated Algebra to at least a 70%. These students will build confidence and ideally pass the course and Regents exam (not take this course/exam in summer school).

Posted on March 22, 2012, in Athena High Best Practices and tagged Algebra, Algebra Opportunity Academy, Castle Learning, credit recovery, engagement, Mrs. Shoemaker, response to intervention, RtI. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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