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Mentoring program raises students' scores on the California STAR Test
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 07:45 AM

In California, two school districts are benefiting from the unique tutoring services being offered by We Teach Science (WTS), a computer-assisted mentoring program, Burlingame's Patch website reported. To help students improve their performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, WTS connects pupils with professionals who work in these fields.

Over the course of a year, these mid-career STEM professionals provide students with web-based tutoring and mentoring sessions, the news source stated. In addition to the weekly one-hour appointments, the pairs also meet around three or four times per year in person.

According to the news outlet, WTS focuses its attention on students who score Below Basic in mathematics on the seventh grade California STAR Testing Program assessments. To date, the organization's aim to help struggling pupils is yielding positive results, as those who took part in the mentoring sessions outperformed their classmates who did not by 11.5 points.

In addition to mathematics, the California Standard Tests, which are a part of the STAR Program, assess students' knowledge of science, history-social science and English, according to the California Department of Education.