The February 26, 2021 CommonWealth Magazine op-ed by President and CEO Marinell Rousmaniere, “Math learning taking a hit during COVID”, describes the refocusing needed on math education and measures that must be taken to mitigate learning loss. From the article:
Math education has too long played second – or third – fiddle to other content areas. Literacy understandably has been a focus, but even when it comes to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, the “M” for math is often an afterthought. As with other areas, COVID has exacerbated the issues we already faced in math education, including the fact that only one-third of Boston Public School eighth graders reached proficiency in math pre-pandemic. It’s time to train a renewed focus on math education and what it takes to ensure students have the numeracy skills they need to be successful in college, career, and life.