Based on discussions with teachers and administrators, the OSDEF Board learned that 6th grade is a critical time for many students. Specifically, we heard that struggling in middle school math can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to continued academic success. As a result, we decided in 2014 to pilot a middle school math tutoring program.
OSDEF partnered with Washington Middle School and Jefferson Middle School to pilot a 6th grade math tutoring program at each school. In both programs, a group of students spent an extra hour after school with an experienced math teacher. Based on data provided by both schools, all students experienced growth in their math test scores. At Washington Middle School, 28% of the participating students had double digit growth in their test scores. For many of the students in these programs, it was the first time that they achieved test scores that were above standard, which is considered to be grade level understanding of the math concepts.
OSDEF expanded the pilot program to four Olympia School District middle schools. We anticipate that the program will benefit approximately 100 students. The OSDEF Middle School Tutoring Initiative not only helps kids build math skills. It helps them build confidence and motivation for success in school and in life.