Idaho Math Initiative Failing

Idaho has invested millions in improving math instruction in schools since 2008, Idaho EdNews reports, but math scores haven’t improved – they’ve actually gone down. EdNews reporter Clark Corbin analyzed math scores, and found that they’ve been stagnant or dropping across the board. For example, the percentage of 8th-graders scoring at or above grade-level benchmarks on the math section of the National Assessment of Educational Progress dropped from 38 percent to 34 percent over the seven-year period. For fourth-graders, math proficiency levels dropped from 41 percent of students to 38 percent over that same time period. “Our math scores are stagnant and we need to do something about it,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra declared last week.

Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.