These students had several opportunities to pass the NPTM at testing sessions held in the months of November, February, April, and May of each school year.
In the 2001-2002 school year, four out of twenty-four, or 17%, of the juniors at OCHS achieved at or above the passing level of 304 on the NPTM. In the 2002-2003 school year, the pass rate for these students, who are seniors in 2004, ranged from 23% passing on the November 2002 test and 0% passing on the February 2003 test to 7% passing on the April 2003 test.
It was projected that beginning in the 2003- 2004 school year, the percentage of seniors at OCHS passing the mathematics portion of the NPTM would increase 5%.
One mathematics teacher who helped develop the mathematics proficiency test observed that the General Education Diploma Test is very similar to the NPTM and could be used for practice.
In September 2003, the three mathematics teachers at OCHS began using the test-taking strategies from homeroom.com of Princeton Review K-12 Services (2003a) to help students prepare for the NPTM. They introduced the Web site at the beginning of the semester and made sure that each student had a username and password.
In addition, homeroom.com has two full-length predefined tests that have sample problems similar to those found on the NPTM.
Mathematics achievement was measured by seniors' test scores on the NPTM. The OCHS students' test scores of had ranged widely as follows: (a) 17% proficient in April 2002, (b) 23% proficient in November 2002, (c) 0% proficient in February 2003, and (d) 7% proficient in April 2003.