Local Program Working to Close Achievement Gap

4 years 4 months 2 weeks ago March 09, 2013 Mar 9, 2013 Saturday, March 09 2013 Saturday, March 09, 2013 3:42:00 PM CST in News
By: Heather Adams and Brooke Burchill
loading

COLUMBIA -Fairview Elementary is attempting to help students struggling in class with a program that brings MU students to the elementary school for tutoring during the school day. The Achieve Program was created to help close the achievement gap between students who learn at different paces and have limited opportunities for tutoring outside of school.

An achievement gap is a measure between different classes and races and how they do on different standardized tests. Missouri has the sixth largest achievement gap in the country for math among 4th grade students.

"The achievement gap lives in the areas where there are large discrepancies between incomes and abilities of the students," said Dr. Stephen Whitney, founder of the Achieve Program.

The Achieve Program was implemented at Fairview Elementary during the 2011-2012 school year. The program pairs students from the College of Education at the University of Missouri with a Fairview Elementary student for tutoring throughout the year. The tutor continues to work with the same one or two students twice a week for the entire school year.

"They're getting a lot of that one-on-one time," said Diana DeMoss, principal at Fairview Elementary. "It's good for the MU student because they can see the growth and really find out if they want to work with elementary students, it's good for our kids because it just gives them a bond with someone and somebody that's helping them get a little more individualized instruction in something they need that they need some more practice on."

Although, DeMoss said that there have been improvements in students' grades, Sharon Jacoby, a 5th grade teacher at Fairview Elementary, said a lack of space in the classrooms can make it a little difficult to make room for the tutors during class time. In order to avoid disrupting classes, tutors have to take the students they're working with out of the classroom and into the hallway.

Many of the students benefitting from the Achieve Program form a strong bond with their tutor. Alaysha Holmes, a 5th grade student, said she was nervous when her tutor went on winter break because she was afraid she wasn't coming back.

"She helps me understand it more than in class," said Holmes. "[The Achieve Program] will help you with things you need to study more."

The Achieve Program plans to expand to more elementary schools in the Columbia area next fall. Whitney said the program will make up for the extra students that need tutoring by accepting more MU students as tutors.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - On Monday, Mayor Carrie Tergin presented her approved budget to the city council. Tergin calls the... More >>
2 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 9:08:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia College has seen drastic growth in enrollment and will spend $20-million to expand it's campus. Columbia College... More >>
5 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 6:16:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Fulton Medical Center announced the hospital will be closing no later than September 22 and the announcement comes... More >>
6 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 5:13:00 PM CDT in News
ARNOLD (AP) — Investigators said a motorist who died after a shootout with police along a busy Missouri interstate had... More >>
7 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 4:21:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — More than 28,000 people in the Kansas City metro area remain without power after weekend storms... More >>
7 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 4:17:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Democrats voiced concerns over a veto by Governor Greitens after a public hearing Monday morning. The... More >>
7 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 4:08:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Two parents are dead and one child in stable condition after a carbon monoxide poisoning incident that... More >>
7 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 4:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri is partnering with a Columbia-based company to fight a familiar condition in cancer patients.... More >>
8 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 3:35:00 PM CDT in News
Golf, softball, walking the dog… being in the sun means that we need to be diligent about protecting our skin.... More >>
9 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 2:44:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Police Department is looking at whether more training is necessary after an off-duty... More >>
9 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 2:33:25 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Some Democratic Missouri lawmakers are reviving efforts to prevent cuts to in-home and nursing care for... More >>
9 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 2:18:31 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Police detectives arrested a man Sunday night after detectives connected him to a weekend shooting that left one... More >>
10 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 1:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A petition to repeal the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare," was delivered to Sen. Roy Blunt’s... More >>
10 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 1:29:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A central Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges for defrauding her employer. Prosecutors... More >>
11 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 11:57:00 AM CDT in News
SUNRISE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say one person has been flown to a hospital in serious condition and six... More >>
12 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 11:20:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 10-year-old boy who died after being shot in the head was... More >>
12 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 11:15:00 AM CDT in News
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a man has drowned in the Lake of the Ozarks after jumping off... More >>
13 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 10:26:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man is charged with attacking four homeless people with a hammer as they slept in... More >>
13 hours ago July 24, 2017 Jul 24, 2017 Monday, July 24 2017 Monday, July 24, 2017 10:22:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
12am 74°
1am 73°
2am 71°
3am 70°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:37p
Late Night with Seth Meyers
12:37a
Last Call with Carson Daly
1:07a
The Insider
11:30p
Rules of Engagement
12:00a
Raising Hope
12:30a
Cheaters

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Midnight, Texas
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30p
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld