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Mayor touts new math tutor program as success, union responds

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Jaylen Longino-Moore, a Harlan High School student/MATCH participant (Photo courtesy of Samia Longino-Kennedy) Jaylen Longino-Moore, a Harlan High School student/MATCH participant (Photo courtesy of Samia Longino-Kennedy)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The numbers are in – one on one tutoring in Math does much more than boost scores. The program is called MATCH and researchers say Chicago is the gold standard for its success.

Fox 32's Tisha Lewis reports on new data from the six month pilot program at Harper High School in Chicago. Students who participated in MATCH had boosted Math scores and misconduct dropped nearly 70%.

More importantly, the students who have participated are reaping the benefits.

"It gives me a time to learn more other than what the teacher is teaching me. He teaches me more in detail and gives me a better description," said Jaylen Longino-Moore, a Harlan High School student.

15 year old Jaylen Longino-Moore is a MATCH participant. He went from a C student to nothing but As.

"Not only in his Algebra class but in other classes as well that has his grades go up to where he has a 3.74 GPA his first year, ranking number 10," said Samia Longino-Kennedy, Jaylen's mother.

This year the MATCH program expanded to twelve Chicago Public Schools high schools with 700 participants.

The students meet with a tutor each morning and Mayor Rahm Emanuel told Fox 32's Tisha Lewis that extra help trickles to other areas of students' lives.

"They get the confidence... It makes up three years-worth of math deficit in six months," said Mayor Emanuel.

Mayor Emanuel and The University of Chicago Urban Education Lab say MATCH participants experience higher graduation rates and fewer bouts with crime.

The plan is to expand the program next year to reach 1000 students.

"And then we will grow it each year to make sure that every child that needs to be available to this intensive math tutoring has it," said Mayor Emanuel.

"The achievement gap between African American and white students was closed in that one year by 60%," said Dr. Timothy Knowles, Director of The University of Chicago Urban Education Lab.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis believes mentoring should be commonplace for all CPS students.

"Teaching students on the grade level where they are is what most teachers have been asking to do for years," said Lewis in an email to Fox 32 News.

"All of that is labor intensive and costs money. I hope this is something folks would like to fund. If so, all the charters in the world could be a waste of time and effort," said Lewis.

"There should be a large demand from teachers, from school leaders and from policy makers to make sure we do this city-wide," said Knowles.

All eyes are watching MATCH participants for results.

The MATCH program cost at least $2000 per student annually and is funded by private donations and federal grants. The program is based on the MATCH Education curriculum at charter schools in Houston and Boston.

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