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High school students who participated in an intense mathematics workshop at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh this summer saw a 21 percent improvement in their scores on the math portion of the ACTs.

Thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the University’s Multicultural Retention Programs (MRP) were able to offer a one-week residential program to 12 high school students entering their junior years in fall 2009. The program, Making Aspirations Turn to Honors (MATH), was offered to local high school students from Berlin, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Hortonville, Omro, Ripon and Winneconne.

The program provided reinforcement of basic and advanced math skills to prepare students for the math portion of the ACT scheduled in spring 2010. Post-testing revealed a 21 percent improvement over the pre-test total point score during the five days of intense math instruction.

To further prepare students, a one-day campus visit to review the materials covered this summer will be offered to this group of students prior to taking the ACT next spring.