-Were they all Mr. MacCarthy’s students, and if not how did his compare to the others?;

-How did the kids grades compare to either their math grades the previous year?;

-How have the test results on the general math tests compared over a longer time line, as Mr. MacCarthy implemented his program.

It is, of course, also desirable to see the kids in the middle excel and to see kids who otherwise be disinterested in math become enthused by math and studies, as well as gain confidence in their academic abilities.

That might not be good enough for the excelling students, but it’s definitely great for the kids at basic & below basic AND for society at large.

Keep up the kids enthusiasm Mr. MacCarthy!

]]>No one said the story was about geometry.It is about Mr. MacCarthy’s unconvential approach to teaching math; however, the data does not sujest his approch is that effective overall at the school.

There are a high percentage of students at the school not takeing the state math test. This is not your point of the story; however, it is part of the story on student data relating to the CST.

Keep up your good work. It has us sharing our perspectives on your stories.

]]>Oakland teacher is indeed correct. At Willard 94% of the 6th graders took the “General Math” state test and 63% passed.

Only 84% of their 7th graders took the gerneral math test and 48% passed.

They only had 3 8th graders who took the Geometry state test. It does not indicate how many passed.

So much for “MacCarthy’s unconvential approach to teaching mathmatic.” Maybe he should try the convential approach to improve the students Geometry results.

In Oakland, we have schools that doing a much better job.

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