No improvement for fourth-graders on national math test

Publication date: Oct 15, 2009

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“This may mean we’ve gotten all the octane we can out of our current math teaching force,” says Amy Wilkins, a vice president at the Education Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing achievement gaps. “What can we do to get more really good math teachers not only into the profession, but into high-poverty and high-minority schools?” In middle school, she notes – where overall scores improved slightly but the achievement gap remained the same – students of color are much less likely than other kids to be taught math by teachers with a math background. “We’re not going to close the achievement gap until we close the teacher talent gap,” she says.

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