A major plan to bolster math education in Roanoke schools was discussed and subsequently passed by the school board Thursday. Schools officials hope this will solve one of the system’s most severe and urgent problems: recruiting and retaining experienced, high-performing math teachers.
The problem with math isn’t unique to city schools or the state. Math teachers are in high demand and the bolstering math skills of students is critical as American children struggle to keep up with their global counterparts.
Real talk? Math class looks different than it did a decade or two ago. Algebra foundations are taught earlier on and there’s a greater emphasis on critical thinking. (Shameless self promotion alert: read this story I wrote about math education, circa 2008, before the new math Standards of Learning came to fruition. It gives a picture of changing math education.)
Serious math skills are required for 21st century jobs and that’s something that hasn’t been lost on Virginia education officials.
The state made math standards tougher in 2009 and almost a year ago new, more rigorous math tests were given across the state. Pass rates for students statewide and locally fell.
The math problem facing schools is a critical one and Roanoke officials took a stab solving it Thursday. Will it work? Are you a parent, teacher, student? What do you think?