Special Report: Leveling the Playing Field in Math

Educators and policymakers have been worried about the math skills of the nation’s students for decades now. U.S. students lag behind their peers in international assessments. And just last month, a nationally representative EdWeek Research Center survey found that nine in 10 teachers are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about a math deficit during this time of learning remotely.

Students can’t afford to shrug off the subject as “too hard” when, more than ever, Americans depend on big data and math-fueled technology.

This special report showcases bold approaches—math discourse, “de-tracking” math teachers, and addressing math fears, to name a few—that educators are using to help all students succeed at math.

Special Report


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Leveling the Playing Field in Math
Wednesday, May 20, 1-2:30 PM E.T.

In this online event, Education Week reporters and expert guests will explore ways to support all students in math classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools.


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