Teacher: Reformed math curriculum leads to U.S. gains

09/6/2009 | Seattle Times, The

The recently released results of the 2007 Trends in International Math and Science Study show that U.S. students have made tremendous gains internationally, writes middle-school teacher Michael Sparks in this opinion article. In 1995, American eighth-grade students placed 28th among 41 nations, and the 2007 results find that same age group in ninth place out of 45 nations. Sparks attributes the advance to reformed math curriculum in the U.S. and argues that the discovery-based math approach has been criticized but gets results.

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