Schools For Teachers Flunk Math

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Your child's teacher may need some time in summer school.

A new study concludes elementary-school teachers are poorly prepared to teach math.

A report being released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality looked at the teacher education programs at 77 colleges and universities. And it says they don't spend enough time teaching teachers how to teach math. The consequences are particularly telling for elementary school children since math relies heavily on cumulative knowledge.

The report also criticizes the tests that education students take when they complete their coursework. In many cases, the prospective teachers are judged on an overall score, meaning they could do badly on the math portion but still pass if they do well in other areas.

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