COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Each year, students across the state of Georgia are tested on what many call the building blocks of education: reading, English/Language Arts and math. This is done with the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test or CRCT.
"It's a standardized test. It's assessing students' skills that they've acquired throughout the school year. And, it assesses every subject, but of course math is that subject that a lot of students dread taking a test of," explains Travis Hester, owner of Mathnasium in Columbus .
A dread that drove Hester to set out to remove by building students confidence in math not just testing week, but all year long.
He adds, "every student that comes to our center, they get assessed and after the assessment process we create a individualized learning plan which helps us focus directly on that child's strengths and weaknesses."
In a partnership with the Muscogee County School District, Hester tells us he hopes to increase the CRCT test scores in math to ensure students are able to choose jobs in every career field.
"Many of those choices are in S.T.E.M. related fields, which is science, technology, engineers and mathematics. And we want them to be able to, if they choose to, go into one of those fields and not be prohibited because their math skills are lacking," Hester says.
Through tutoring sessions and testing workshops, Hester aims to help students of all grade levels to excel in math.
Hester adds it's "kind of like a coach, a math coach in a sense. We're training them and helping them to have confidence in their math skills and abilities."