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Many elementary school students are below grade level in math and need one-on-one attention.

Proficiency rates are low:

A poor foundation in math can have negative consequences for a student’s early self-identity as a successful student, completion of North Carolina high school graduation requirements, and independent adulthood. Lack of access to adequate resources for educational support, like 1:1 tutoring, can impact the current and future lives of economically challenged students. Heart Tutoring addresses this issue by prioritizing economically challenged students when partnering with schools and when nominating students for the program. 

Math becomes a barrier to high school graduation:

Without a strong foundation in math, success in higher levels of learning is difficult. Across the district, math proficiency rates decline in Grades 6 – 8 and do not recover in high school (Source: NC Department of Public Instruction).

Recovery for those who fail Algebra is extremely difficult. In a study that included 24 school districts by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, of all of the students who failed Algebra I on the first take, only 20% passed on the second try. Of those who took it a third time, only 9% passed.

Foundational skills need repair:

Many students are following rules and procedures without a deep understanding of what they are doing and why.

Place Value:

“Can you show me what the ‘1’ in ‘16’ means?”

Equality:

8 + 4 = [ ] + 5

Place Value:

A number contains 18 tens, 2 hundreds, and 4 ones. What is that number?

Half of 3rd graders in the study could not explain this.


Constance Kamil, PhD and Early Childhood Education Professor

Only 2% of 6th graders responded with the correct answer.


Carpenter, Franke, & Levi, 2003

50% of 5,000 middle school students could answer this task correctly.


Greyson Wheatley, PhD and Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Education

Students benefit from targeted intervention:

With hands-on experience that targets specific conceptual gaps, struggling students can catch up to grade level and progress with their class to higher levels of learning.  (Results)

  • “The kind of mathematical thinking that can provide a foundation for learning algebra must be developed over an extended period of time, starting in the early elementary grades.” Carpenter, Franke, Levi – Integrating Arithmetic and Algebra in Elementary School
  • “If you have a problem with Algebra in your high schools, you have to fix it in K-4.” Kathy Richardson, a leading math educator in the U.S. and author of Developing Number Concepts
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In 2018, 56% of economically disadvantaged students (EDS) in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) scored below grade level in 3rd – 8th grade math.