Given the fact that the number of instructional days students will receive this year is down to 163, it seems schools will want to leverage intercession time to run intensive, targeted intervention and remediation programs. Last spring IAAK partnered with Ka’iulani School to offer a spring intercession H.S.A. Preparation Math Camp to 25 third through fifth grade “tipping point” students (as determined by 2008 H.S.A. scores). The H.S.A. Math Camp focused on key Numbers and Operations benchmarks utilizing a unique program design that combined individualized computer-based activities with offline collaborative, problem-based learning and games. Plus, the camp curriculum was aligned to ICLE’s Rigor & Relevance framework, ensuring students progressed through all four quadrants of learning/application. The result? Engaged and confident students who demonstrated proficiency on the 2009 H.S.A…. and enriched, inspired teachers!
The data is impressive. Seventy-two percent of the 4th graders met proficiency and 18 percent exceeded. In other words, only one 4th grade student did not advance from “approaching” to “met proficiency”. To learn more about the camp, review this Showcase School report.
Funded by Title I or ELO sources, the camps are easy to implement. IAAK staff can implement the entire camp or partner with teachers from your school to run it collaboratively. With the latter option, teachers receive training from IAAK on the program design, curriculum, and implementation. Math and Language Arts camps are available for students in grades three through five. It may just be the innovative solution your school needs to assist with student achievement in these challenging times.