Study: New Middle-School Teachers Woefully Unprepared to Teach Math

A study released in December concludes that soon-to-be middle school math teachers in the U.S. are ill prepared for the task. “Our future teachers are getting weak training mathematically and are just not prepared to teach the demanding mathematics curriculum we need for middle schools if we hope to compete internationally,” said William H. Schmidt, a Michigan State University researcher who conducted the study…. In Mr. Schmidt’s study, U.S. teachers scored significantly lower than those in all countries except Mexico on knowledge tests in algebra and functions, which are considered critically important for teaching middle school math.” Read the article in edweek here.

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