The Achieving Core Education (ACE) program is for students who performing below the expected level in literacy or numeracy. These students are provided with a fantastic opportunity to receive some individualised, intensive tuition focussed on improving either core literacy or numeracy skills.
The aim of the program is to enable students to become automatic (quick) in their basic skills in order to move onto more complex problem-solving skills. The program involves students being withdrawn from their regular class for three sessions per week for the entire year to work with a highly trained tutor and one other student. Students complete a combination of skills-based work and computer-aided programs.
ACE Numeracy focuses on understanding and recall of basic number facts, performance of elementary calculations, acquisition of appropriate mathematics language, and problem-solving skills.
ACE Literacy focuses on the automaticity of word recognition, fluency in reading connected texts, and development of vocabulary. The primary aim of ACE is for the students to develop automaticity. ACE lessons emphasise the development of conceptual understanding.
The ACE program has been adapted from Quicksmart, an initiative from the University of New England. http://simerr.une.edu.au/quicksmart/pages/index.php