Special Report

Math Foundations for All: Clearing a Path

May 1, 2023
Illustration of children exploring a maze with a division symbol in the center.
J.R. Bee for Education Week
How young students learn math is a critical challenge. But the components of math development are shrouded in common misconceptions. Why does knowing the multiplication tables matter, anyway? How do early word problems help boost students’ ability to integrate concepts and procedures? How can parents’ attitudes towards math shape how their kids learn? Are math learning disabilities related to struggles in reading?

Our new report aims to clear up some of these sticking points, so that teachers and parents ensure all students have a solid grasp of math fundamentals.
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