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By Matthew Saari

Recent state test data reveals Whitehall students are having a tough time comprehending mathematic principles.

High school principal Jeff Keller

High school principal Jeff Keller delivered a presentation to the Whitehall Board of Education last Monday, reviewing the results of the state’s English Language Arts and math tests.

“Math for us is a weak area,” Keller said. “Our students struggle. We get a lot in the middle school that still struggle with their math facts.”

So much so that faculty needs to spend extra time with students to hammer home the math facts – some simple, some not.

“It’s not always just double-digit multiplication,” said Keller. “It’s one-digit multiplication or how to do division; simple facts our students need remediation on.”

Every year during the spring, students in grades 3-8 sit down for the state tests. As high school principal, Keller’s presentation focused on the students in grades 6-8. Elementary principal Rich Trowbridge delivered a similar presentation during the October Board of Education meeting.

Keller’s presentation indicates that Whitehall’s students are getting better but it may be a long road.

“We have a long way to go,” Keller said.

 

This is only a preview of the story published in the Whitehall Times. To read the full story, pick up a print copy of this week’s paper at the newsstand or read it online here.

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