By Diane Glidewell
As the end of the school year approaches, so do the End of Course Tests (EOCT). These are state tests in selected courses designed to determine that high school students are mastering the curriculum in the courses. Of particular concern this year are the EOCT in Math I and Math II, the courses generally taken by high school freshmen and sophomores.
The math curriculum has been redesigned: No longer do high school students progress through Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Calculus. Now the different math disciplines are integrated in a progression which begins with Math I and Math II.
Beginning next March, the Math portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) will reflect the new curriculum. Mastery of the materials on the EOCT will be necessary to pass the GHSGT required for high school graduation.
The EOCT accounts for 15 percent of a student's grade in the Math I and Math II classes, making it difficult to pass the classes without passing the tests. Even more importantly, not knowing the material to pass the EOCT already puts 9th and 10th grade students behind in their pursuit of their high school diplomas.
To this end the math faculty at JHS will be offering tutoring for the EOCT in Math I and Math II throughout April. There will be sessions before school, after school during April and on Saturday, May 1
"From what we have seen of sample questions, the Math graduation test will be much more rigorous next year; that will be for the current sophomores," said JHS Math Graduation Coach Lynn Patrick-Watson. "We need all parents and anyone who has any influence on these students to make sure they take advantage of this help now."
Students can download sample EOCT questions at http//public.doe.k12.ga.us, but they should take advantage of specific tutoring with trained faculty if at all possible. The schedule is: April 12 4-5 p.m. Math I Geometry, Room 215; April 14 7:15-8 a.m. Math II Spheres Room 112 4-5 p.m. Math I Geometry Room 216; April 16 4-5 p.m. Math II Factoring Room 114;
April 19 4-5 p.m. Math I Algebra Room 214; April 20 7:30-8:10 a.m. Math I Geometry Room 203 4-5 p.m. Algebra Room 216; April 21 7:15-8 a.m. Math II Circles Room 112 Math I 4-5 p.m. Algebra Room 216; April 22 7:30-8 a.m. Math I Geometry Room 203 4-5 p.m. Math I Statistics Room 215 Math II Imaginary Numbers Room 116; April 23 Math II 4-5 p.m. Quadratic Formula Room 203;
April 26 7:30-8 a.m. Math I Algebra Room 203 4-5 p.m. Math I Algebra Room 214 Math II Properties of Exponents and Exponential Growth/Decay Room 203; April 27 7:30-8 a.m. Math Algebra Room 203 4-5 p.m. Math I Algebra Room 214 Math II Special Right Triangles Room 203; April 28 7:15-8 a.m. Math I Algebra Room 203 Math II Statistics Room 112 4-5 p.m. Math I Algebra Room 216; April 29 7:30-8 a.m. Math I Algebra Room 203 4-5 p.m. Math II Trigonometry Ratios Room 116 Math I Statistics Room 215; April 30 4-5 p.m. Graphing (vertex and standard form) Room 114; May 1 8 a.m-noon Multiple topics overview with Mr. Zellous, Mrs. Stewart, and Mrs. Patrick-Watson in the Commons.
"We are proud of where we've gotten to with high school graduation," said Patrick-Watson. "But we have to push it to get better or even to stay where we are."