Vis Valley summer school scene

Teacher Pauline Comendador assists fourth grader Lilia Mao, left, and third grader Ivan Li during a summer class at Visitacion Valley Elementary School in June. San Francisco Unified School District’s math program is facing scrutiny as student assessment testing shows a decline in proficiency. Schools across the state are facing similar concerns about equity and achievement.

Having worked in the San Francisco Unified School District for 18 years, Marcy Johnson knows what works best for her students heading off to middle school.

“I get a lot of kids in fifth grade who come in saying they hate math, they’re horrible at math, they don’t get it. I feel like by the end of the year, they understand a lot more and they are more confident in math, so I think I’m doing something right,” Johnson said.

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