Y3K Tutor In Your Home was recently honored with the 2020 Top 5 Math Programs Award by the Boston Parents Paper and published in the 2020 Boston Parents Paper Family Favorites issue. We want to say thank you to the thousands of people in Greater Boston and throughout the Northeast that voted for us.
The voting for Boston’s Family Favorite Math Programs was conducted in a two-round process. The first round occurred March 2020 with open write-in nominations for parent’s favorite Math Programs taking place. As more and more nominations came in, the most written-in Math Programs became automatically selectable and listed making it easier and easier for people to cast their nominations. Write-in nominations continued to be open until the end of the month.
As the nomination period for Math Programs in the first round came to a close at the end of March, shortly after, the second round opened with the top nominee Math Programs being selectable in this final round of voting during April 2020. Write-in nominations were no longer available, and voters selected their favorite Math Programs from among those that were listed that advanced from round one. Y3K Tutor In Your Home is flattered that thousands of voters wrote us in during round one and then continued their support by choosing us in round two.
A much larger problem that school systems do not have an answer for is that some students are not even logging in. As opposed to doing incomplete work or work that is of poor quality, these students are literally not signing in to their online classes or assignments. In fact at least 10,000 Boston Public School students have not signed into their classes in the month of May. In a sense, these students could be considered virtual dropouts whose education was paused three months ago when schools closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
More than 20% of Boston’s students have not logged on to any of the main academic platforms since May 4, 2020. This means thousands of these students have not attended online classes or picked up any homework assignments. 22% of students never logged into Google Classroom. There is a large gap between the number of students who teachers are marking “present” each day for engaging in “some or all remote learning opportunities” (an average of 84%) and the smaller number of students who have logged into Google Classroom even once.
School systems don’t know how to solve this problem. Do you?
Schools are opening up again to administer Advanced Placement exams for selected students according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They put in place the following rules to allow them to have the testing administered in the school buildings, yet not infect everyone with COVID-19.
According to their plan, following rules are supposed to be observed:
- No congregating outside school.
- Ordered/staggered entrance and exit of students into and out of the building and classrooms.
- No more than a total of 10 students and staff in any single classroom.
- Adequate spacing of desks to ensure social distancing in each classroom.
- Students must return home immediately following the test.
Are these safety rules a sign of what is to come in education? When schools are re-opened for both students and staff, is this how schools will conducted? It will be interesting to see what happens this coming September.
Advanced Placement exams for 2020 will still be conducted in-person at local schools on a limited basis, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The option to test at a school will only be made to a restricted number of students. Only those students who do not have adequate access to a computer and internet connectivity at home will be allowed to take an AP exam in a school building. This shocking news is according to a newly released memo from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They published guidance for Advanced Placement testing for school districts.
Check back here as we will post their plan as to exactly how they will be allowing students and staff into school buildings to conduct these tests, while keeping everyone safe from COVID-19.
90%-100% of graduates at most high schools throughout Massachusetts meet the minimum number of courses in English, math, science and other core subjects that state guidelines call for. However the Boston public school system has ignored those guidelines, called MassCore. MassCore standards include four years of English and math, three years of science and social studies, and two years of foreign language.
Instead Boston Public Schools have opted to keep lower standards for earning a diploma than the rest of Massachusetts. For example, Boston requires only three years of math instead of the four required at schools following MassCore. The reason for the lower standards is so they can increase high school graduation rates. Many claim that these lower standards de-value their diploma compared to most other communities that have significantly higher standards.
Lower Boston standards have some major consequences. In 2017 only 31% of Boston high school graduates met the state’s MassCore guidelines according to state data, putting the rest behind their peers at other Massachusetts schools. 50% of Boston high school graduates who enroll in college fail to earn degrees within six years, according to a report by the Boston Private Industry Council. Many of these students that have earned a high school diploma with lower standards, felt academically unprepared for college. A state report showed that nearly 75% of Boston graduates who went on to community college required at least one remedial course.
Boston’s Jewish Community Day School will once again be having their JCDS Matters of Taste Auction. Y3K Tutor In Your Home contributed tutoring and test preparation services to the auction. Happy bidding!
As an independent school, JCDS relies on philanthropy to enhance its program with a multi-faceted curriculum, outstanding teachers and diverse learning opportunities. Your support enables a vibrant educational experience emphasizing learning, identity and community. Special events like Matters of Taste bring friends of the school together to experience JCDS values of joyful Jewish community and lifelong learning.
STUDENTS AGREE: Y3K TUTOR IN YOUR HOME CHANGES LIVES
About 2 weeks ago, I tried out the Y3K Tutor In Your Home tutoring service not knowing anything about the service or its tutors. I needed a tutor to help me with the math portion of the TEAS nursing exam. I met with the owner and was absolutely impressed and happy with the service that I received. He went out of his way to work around my schedule. He accurately observed my strengths and weaknesses and developed a plan of attack that best suited me and my study habits. He also was able to breakdown each formula and put it into very simple terms/steps that were easy for me to execute. After the test, I relayed the good news of my 10 point jump from the previous test result to him and he was really pleased to hear about my success. I am very content with my experience with my tutor. I highly recommend and I will be going back any chance I get.
PARENTS AGREE: Y3K TUTOR IN YOUR HOME CHANGES LIVES
Jerry is an absolutely wonderful teacher. Each session is filled with lively and engaging methods and tools for learning. Tasks that might seem like a chore, become both fun and instructive with Jerry’s guidance. We are extremely pleased with his teaching skills and the results!
International School of Boston Parent