Math council speaks out on NAEP results

  Recent results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)  for 12th grade mathematics are encouraging
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 Recent results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 12th grade mathematics are encouraging, according to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), but more is needed to prepare all students to meet the challenges of a global economy.

Although average scores rose only three points, from 150 to 153 (on a 300-point scale), the increase is noteworthy because the 2009 exam was more rigorous than the earlier 2005 exam and presumed knowledge beyond that usually gained in two years of algebra and one year of geometry.

In 2009, a greater portion of students scored at or above the “proficient” level—26 percent, compared to 23 percent in 2005—and two-thirds of students performed above the “basic” level.

The Council’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education and issues a call for all students to engage in more challenging mathematics.

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