Greenville school board approves new math materials

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 11:04 am on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

GREENVILLE — With less than three weeks left before the start of a new school year, the Greenville Public School Board of Education enjoyed a lull between seasons and took action on only one item at their Monday evening meeting.

The board voted 7-0 to approve the purchase of new math instructional materials.

The request came following a study of how student math skills are evaluated to assist in future success.

“We have been trending results through MEAP where we compare third grade to previous third grade to previous third grade, but are proposing instead we track a class by their year of graduation and track progress from third to 11th grade,” said Chief Academic Officer Michelle Blaszczynski.

This would help to assess trends with the progress of classes and would give teachers a way to look at what could be done differently to improve math skills.

“MEAP scores come once a year,” noted Superintendent Peter Haines, “Sometimes we can’t wait a whole year. This is a way to be more deliberate.”

Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.

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