Graphing calculators offer tools for success
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL graduation coach Rachel Moore purchased 10 graphing calculators with the $1,000 mini-grant awarded to her by the Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation. She said the calculators will be used in the school’s credit recovery program. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL graduation coach Rachel Moore purchased 10 graphing calculators with the $1,000 mini-grant awarded to her by the Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation. She said the calculators will be used in the school’s credit recovery program. Banner photo, DELANEY WALKER
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A mini-grant awarded by the Bradley Cleveland Public Education Foundation provided Cleveland High’s credit recovery program the necessary funds to purchase graphing calculators.

Graduation Coach Rachel Moore said there are currently 75 students enrolled in the program working on Algebra I, Algebra II and geometry enrichment.

“The grant was called ‘Tools for Success.’ The hope was to be able to provide graphing calculators to students working on match credit recovery,” Moore said. “Obviously a lot of those concepts involve graphing. It would be very hard to complete the math courses without a calculator.”

Recent years have found the credit recovery program borrowing graphing calculators from the math department. Moore said the setup was not ideal. There was too much concern over the possibility of losing or damaging the calculators. She said the math department also required the calculators for its classes.

Ten calculators costing $100 each were purchased with the grant.

All students enrolled in the credit recovery program are there because they failed a core course needed for graduation. Moore said the reasons for failing vary from student to student. Some were unable to grasp the concepts while others racked up too many absences. Sometimes it is a mix of both.

Students with one to two failed classes have the option of a before and after credit recovery class; studying during lunch; or working during their Connections (homeroom) period.

Individuals who have failed three or more classes are placed into a credit recovery class time. These students report every day to work on the classes they failed.

Moore explained the students’ studies are all computer-based.

“If students have failed a course, then they take a pre-test. That pre-test will determine what they have mastery of versus what they need more practice in,” Moore said. “From the pre-test it develops their lessons or modules. At the end of every lesson, there is a set of questions they have to be able to answer to move on.”

Continued Moore, “Once they master the lessons with 70 percent accuracy, then they have to take a post-test, which is basically a final.”

Students must score a 70 or higher on the post-test to receive the credit for the course.

How quickly a student earns the necessary credits is dependent on the individual’s work ethic and comprehension of the subject.

Moore explained the credit recovery program fits into the larger mission of Cleveland High — to help its students graduate and succeed.

“Our primary goal at CHS is to prepare students for postsecondary opportunities, whether that is college, the workforce — whatever that may be,” Moore said. “Our primary focus is on the student and working with them.”

Added Moore, “As a result, we hope they graduate and go on to be successful after high school.”

She said student success begins with the phenomenal job done by teachers who work close with their students to help them master the concepts.

Moore offered her sincere thanks to BCPEF for providing opportunities for teachers through the mini-grant program.