CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State law designed to give struggling students extra assistance with their schoolwork has helped nearly 54,500 students since its passage in 2009, the West Virginia Board of Education learned Thursday.
Under state Policy 2512: Instructional Supports for Third and Eighth Grade Students to Achieve Critical Skills schools must provide tutoring to students in danger of not having the necessary skills to advance from the third and eighth grades. Counties received state grants to set up intervention programs before, after and during school, as well as over spring break and summer break.
During the 2010-2011 school year, 22,341 students across West Virginia received tutoring in mathematics and reading. Most students, 11,245, received extra help during the regular school day. In 2011-2012, the number of students receiving assistance in math and reading instruction increased to 32,126, with nearly 10,000 receiving remedial help at school.
“Counties are working hard to make sure struggling students get the additional help they need at crucial times in their educational careers,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “Research tells us that if children don’t master certain critical skills by the third grade, it is difficult for them to catch up. Eighth grade also is a pivotal point to ensure that children have success in high school and beyond. This program is helping address that.”
To receive state funding for intervention services, counties were required to
· write a data-based needs statement;
· identify the number of students to receive critical skills supports and intervention
· identify types/levels of support and interventions students will receive before, during and after school;
· utilize student management and reporting system;
· secure parent involvement;
· describe summer intervention program;
· access and braid resources;
· coordinate with RESA/Higher Education and Community-based agencies;
· submit a budget.
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