Middle school students to get help in math

Kristen Smith - Posted on Apr 17, 2013 - 01:49 PM

Middle-school students who are struggling with math will soon get extra help.

In July, a new state law kicks in that will require public schools to provide "mathematics remediation and intervention to students in grades six through eight who show computational deficiencies."

House Bill 1350, part of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s education agenda, won overwhelming approval from the General Assembly this year. The bill was introduced by Del. David Albo (R-Fairfax), with support from Dels. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) and Bob Marshall (R-Manassas). McDonnell signed HB 1350 into law on April 3. It takes effect July 1.

The new law will require school divisions to help middle-school students who do poorly on "any diagnostic or grade-level Standards of Learning mathematics test that measures non-calculator computational skills."