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Education

August 3, 2011

Duncan schools introduce new math program

Test scores at Emerson show improvement

DUNCAN — With the beginning of the school year, Duncan students will be introduced to a new math program to go with the district’s new math books.

The district will introduce students to the Envision program, which will include remediating children who are having trouble in math. It also challenges the more advanced students.

Emerson fifth-grade teachers Amie Moore and Micah Foraker said the math program will go hand and hand with other improvements, including reading, the district has made during the past few years.

They said Emerson’s national test scores improved this year. The math program is the only change their planning to make to their teaching because they believe what they’re doing is working well.

“Our test scores were very good,” Moore said. “We’re excited for what’s in store.”

Foraker said the test scores reflected a “significant” gain.

Moore teaches math to the fourth- and fifth-grade students at Emerson.

“The Envision program will focus on math kids who are struggling,” Moore said.

“It will have an ELL (English Language Learners) part that will be directed at them. There’s quite a few of them in Duncan.

“It will be more geared to meeting national standards. It will help us meet the bar across the state and nationally. It also has a gifted program, which will be more challenging for them.”

The teachers said they’re excited about instituting the math program in their classrooms. The program will include Parmethean lessons, which will make the experience more interactive for students. Parmethean Boards are an overhead projector and screen combination that allows interaction by touching the screen.

Emerson Elementary is getting new Parmethean Boards. While many of the upper grades already have Parmethean Boards, Moore said the boards would be included in lower grade classrooms, too.

“They’re very interactive,” Moore said.

Moore and Foraker said they’re ready to get the school year underway and to see how well the new math program will work.

“We’re really excited about starting a new year,” Moore said.

“We’re probably just as excited as the kids. It’s always fun to come back.”

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