A recent report criticized discovery-based approaches to teaching math for declining international test scores, but UBC professor Susan Gerofsky says concerns are being overblown.

The head of the province's English Language School Board has laid out a plan to improve the literacy and math skills of Prince Edward Island students.

In the most recent round of international student assessments, Island students scored the worst in the country.

The plan involves remediation and direct intervention for those students who are not meeting expectations, as well as a more professional learning plan for teachers and coaching teachers in their own classroom.

Cynthia Fleet, the superintendent of the English Language School Board, appeared today before the Legislature's Standing Committee on Education to explain the plan.

It will start as a pilot project at some schools and then be phased in over the next three years.

Fleet said that in 2013, only 51 per cent of Island Grade 12 graduates had successfully completed their literacy and mathematical studies.