Report: Many disadvantaged students taught by unqualified instructors

Math instructors who lack subject certification or subject expertise, teach two out of five math classes at high-poverty schools, and nearly one out of three math classes at schools with large numbers of black and Hispanic children, according to a new Education Trust report. The problem is especially pronounced in middle school "when kids are making a really important transition from arithmetic to mathematics," said Johns Hopkins University researcher Ruth Neild. "It takes careful instruction, and if kids can't get that, and really get it, they're not going to succeed in math in high school."

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