Pupils to get math tutoring

FARRELL, Pa. -- The Farrell Area School District will offer a university-designed mathematics tutoring program for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders next school year. It won't cost the school district a cent, said Superintendent Richard Rubano.
The package, put out by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, offers assistance in Algebra I and II and geometry, Rubano said.
"It's an extremely unique program," he said, noting that it includes staff training and integrates computer technology into its tutoring curriculum known as the Carnegie Learning Cognitive Tutor.
Financing: The total value of the package is $31,250, but Farrell is only required to pay $2,700, Rubano said, adding that UPMC Horizon has offered to pick up the school district's tab.
Farrell has been granted a 10-year site license for the program and will be ready to start it in the fall, he said.
Two of the district's mathematics teachers will be trained in the program and they will train the other math teachers, Rubano said.
It will be integrated into the math curriculum so students can take advantage of the tutoring as part of their regular classroom work.
Farrell learned of the program's existence about four months ago and applied to Carnegie Mellon for a site license, he said.

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