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Making Math Work

Friday, December 14, 2012
By theleader

BRHS gets top ranking

Emily Shepherd

BRHS Correspondent

The most common answer to the question of least favorite subject is probably math. Fortunately, the students from Bear River High School don’t feel the same way.

Every year, the state of Utah requires math students to take the CRT test as a way of making sure math students are learning what they should. During the summer, the teachers in the math department work to prepare for this test. They create activities that will help the students do well.

This, along with a daily emphasis on writing in the classroom, is part of a new curriculum that the BRHS math department put into place five years ago. This curriculum, called the state CORE curriculum, has teachers attending training meetings to help them teach it.

Because of this new curriculum, over the past three years the school’s test scores have steadily improved. When Utah high schools take the CRT test, they are scored and then divided into divisions according to school sizes and demographics.

BRHS has been doing well for the last few years, but the real achievement happened this year. Out of all ten schools in the state of Utah that have similar demographics as Bear River High School, BRHS’s math department ranked number one.

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