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As Jennell Minor weaves her way among the sixth-grade students divided into groups, each with its own tutor, she talks about the challenges she and other teachers face at Attucks Middle School.

It's tougher than usual this year because of the change in math objectives — concepts that in previous years students didn't tackle till seventh grade, they're supposed to know in sixth now, she says. There's two math classes a day for sixth graders — one in the traditional classroom setting and this one, in which up to three students are paired with a tutor. Small sessions are especially good for students who may be able to get to a solution but not as quickly as others, she says. "They have that time to process the infor-mation and come up with the answer," Minor explains.

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