Teaching Math

This week here in Washington State, students will be subjected to the WASL statewide standardized test. The Seattle Times has several stories related to it, including a feature story on the teaching of math in the state.

Last year, only 47.5% of 10th graders in the state of Washington passed the math section of the WASL.

One of the things that the article calls out is that the investment in research and programs related to teaching reading far outstrips the equivalent for math. Which means that we understand far less about how to teach math well, and we do far less to broadly apply the understanding that we do have.

Sometimes you do get what you pay for.

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