Tutoring Tips Scales For Aims Math


For students who didn't pass the math portion of the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards, or AIMS, last fall, it's time to buckle down and prepare for the upcoming test April 12.

Payson High School and Payson Center for Success math teachers, Kara Huskey and Dr. Thomas Stultz, respectively, are working to provide tutoring and preparation per state mandate for students who need to retake the test this spring.

"Because these students have already taken the AIMS test, we're only going to focus on the area that they're weak in," said Huskey.

Of the 150 students eligible for the nine hours of tutoring, Huskey said only 62 have signed up since the additional instruction was announced in February.

"We've worked hard to set up these sessions," said Huskey. "A lot of students are on the cusp of passing."

The reason, she said, is the state assumes that students have already completed algebra and most of geometry by end of their sophomore year -- the first time AIMS is administered to high school students.

"They're testing on these subjects before they've finished the curriculum," said Huskey. "It's important for students not to get discouraged."

Huskey said many students haven't even taken algebra by 10th grade. In fact, 13 out of 34 of the high school's math classes are below algebra.

"The tutoring is one of the things that will help them get over (the passing average)," said Stultz.

Students have five opportunities to pass AIMS. Huskey and Stultz encouraged students graduating in 2006 and beyond to get serious about the test because, as of next year, the law says students who don't pass AIMS will not graduate.

"Without a diploma, students can't get into community college or trade school or some branches of the military," said Huskey.

In addition to subject-specific individual instruction and computer lessons, Huskey and Stultz will cover test-taking techniques related to solving word problems.

"We're here for your child," said Stultz. "We are working very hard for every student to pass."

For more information or to enroll your child in tutoring, contact Huskey at (928) 474-2233 or e-mail Huskey at khuskey@pusd.com.

AIMS math tutoring schedule

Tuesday, March 22

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 24

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Friday, March 25

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, April 4

5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6

5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 9

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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