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February 20, 2014

Disrespect, truancy reports down at MVTHS

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Math has been one of the district's problem areas in terms of grades, Pipher said.

This school year, a sophomore math class and a junior math class had higher numbers of students failing, which contributed to the 6 percent figure, he said.

Pipher said he hopes the implementation of new Common Core standards nationally will improve student math performance at MVTHS in the future.

With Common Core, grade school students will all be taught the same math curriculum, which will help them when they come to MVTHS, Pipher said.

Also, transfer students coming in from other states will have been taught Common Core at their former schools, he said. As a result, all students will have the same learning background in math.

“We get a lot of kids that come from different states and different areas,” Pipher said. “It'll help us as a school, but also help our students.”

Pipher added that the Common Core standards emphasize critical thinking rather than just the memorization of facts.

“The goals are to make students better thinkers, better learners, better processors of information versus memorizers,” Pipher said. “So the testing and the things that they're looking at doing aren't geared towards memorizing data and learning facts, so to speak, but being able to take facts and take information and process it and think it through.”

Pipher also said 92 percent of seniors at MVTHS are currently on track to graduate. The district's goal in this category is to be at more than 90 percent.

In addition Tuesday, Principal Wes Olson spoke to the MVTHS Board about the school's Freshman Academy and the students' use of Kuno tablet devices in the classroom.

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