by Rosanda Suetopka - Navajo-Hopi Observer)
Tuba City, AZ Tuba City High School students exceeded
expectations, scoring 50 percent higher than the state passing rate
for the latest Arizona State mathematics testing under the nurturing
guidance of two math teachers from the high school.
True to its mission of providing a high quality education, the
high school has a consistent, yearly record of academic and sports
success stories. Now the high school can add the math department
to that success story.
Students leave Tuba City High with highly proficient math skills
that will enhance their academic resumes', making them more college
and career ready, thanks to their dedicated teachers.
Two math teachers at Tuba City High are providing leadership
and skilled mentoring for their students and shared their excitement
with colleagues and administrators on their students recent math
Samson Aquino and Imelda Torres-San Jose are both Tuba City
High School math teachers who have been in the Tuba City community
for some time. They both feel that it is imperative to invest in
their students and give them the best possible classroom learning
environment to be ready to face outside university level educational
Aquino said his algebra class is now 75 percent, with 21 percent
ranked as highly proficient, while the state passing average is
only 33 percent. Forty-eight students from Aquino's class took the
test, while 4,800 students across the state took the test.
"This is the first time that Tuba City High School has tested
that high and we are now at one of the best ratings," Aquino said.
"I give full credit for the amazing state math scores to my talented
students, because I am only the instrument, but they are the ones
who took the test."
Torres-San Jose, a math teacher at Tuba City High School, said
Tuba City is committed to providing a high quality education and,
if given the opportunity, the students will really excel. She said
that she is extremely proud of her students who took the AZ Merit
end of coursework test and the geometry test. She said she had 22
students in her honors geometry class who took the test with a 82
percent passing rate.
"That means that 18 out of 22 students scored proficient or
highly proficient on a test given by the state of Arizona," she
said. "These students are dedicated and their work is highly commendable.
They have proving once again that excellent students will shine
and reach their full potential when they are given the opportunity
and support they need."
The state passing rate is only 18 percent for geometry.
"It truly takes a whole village to educate a child," Torres-San
Jose said. "We have had full support of our teaching colleagues
at Tuba City High School and also from our administration and governing