Message to the Desoto Community

Gauging My Student’s Mathematics Proficiency

             I often hear parents comment, “My student is an advanced student in mathematics; or My student is on the Advanced Placement track.” The real truth is; do you really know your student’s academic abilities in mathematics? How do I gauge my student’s real mathematics academic abilities? Is my student on track for success in college (as it refers to mathematics), and will they be ready to compete globally (against other students) for careers? The only real way to assure that your student will be prepared to compete globally, is to, manage your student’s academic progress and build their math literacy. Managing student’s academic progress and the building of math literacy are activities that we often neglect because we trust schools to prepare our students to compete globally. The parent/school relationship must be a seamless line of communication, that fosters an atmosphere that encourages the building of math literacy.

            What is Math Literacy?  Oxford Learning (2010) refers to Math literacy as (also known as numeracy) having the ability to problem-solve, reason and analyze information. Math literacy is the second key step for all students, beyond language literacy. It is the ability to use numbers to help solve real-world problems (p.1). Students are considered math literate when they are able to demonstrate fluency with adding, subtracting, multiplication and division. Students are considered to be math literate when they can utilize these operations to solve real-world problems and word problems with fluency. Students whom do not demonstrate numeracy should not be placed into advanced classes until numeracy has been developed. However, parents can assist their students build numeracy skills. Building student numeracy must be a parent/school collaborative effort, and it must be exercised daily.

            How do we build Math Literacy (Numeracy)?  Building Math Literacy (Numeracy) can be done by establishing definite habits and routines. Building daily routines and practice habits are essential for parents (staying consistent) and students (practice makes perfect). Building Numeracy requires students to practice the algorithms of adding, subtracting, multiplication and division. As well as, building on student’s mathematics vocabulary knowledge and usage. It is essential to build student’s reading comprehension, so that students may develop the ability to decipher word problems and solving real world problems. The DeSoto Independent School District has purchased some resources that students and parents may utilize at home to practice these skills daily; Elementary School Students may utilize the STAR Renaissance 360 program from home to work on numeracy. Middle School Students and High School Students may utilize the Edgenuity MyPath program from home to work on numeracy. Parents will be able to access information for utilizing these programs from the DeSoto I.S.D.’s web-site. More-over, parents will be able to prepare their students to compete globally for careers and college readiness by communicating with their student’s school and by building numeracy. Finally, parents must commit to building their student’s future, and the first step towards that goal is to first build their student’s Math Literacy.





Andrews, Wilbert
Dr. Wilbert Andrews, District Math Supervisor 

220 E. Belt Line Road, DeSoto, TX 75115 
(972) 274-8212 ext. 8236