Districts are looking for effective mathematics curricula and instructional strategies to support a range of learners, from remedial to advanced, and to integrate authentic examples that ground math in the real world. It can be challenging for educators to address student gaps in mathematical understanding, but filling these gaps is crucial before students move on to higher-level math courses like algebra, geometry, and advanced STEM subjects. Districts seek new strategies to encourage families to practice math skills at home, during the school year and the summer.
Respondents reported this challenge is widespread
Respondents reported they experience this challenge often
“We realized that a lot of our kids don't get to community college or don't stay in community college because when they have to take the math placement test, they do so poorly that they are required to take four remedial courses before they ever get to a credit course for community college. That's sufficiently discouraging for them to drop out.”
“A lot of our new instructional strategies, our parents do not understand, even at the elementary level. And so, it's very hard to connect with families, and get them to participate in math without them saying, "Just do it my way," which is different. Giving kids multiple ways to think about strategies, and family engagement is a challenge for the new math standards, and math curriculum.”
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