Volume 22, No. 2
Advancing Math and Science Instruction
Many students—though not all—still learn math as a set of disconnected procedures they must master in a set sequence, and they learn science as a set of facts, possibly with a few experiments or observations along the way. And they often disengage out of boredom or the belief that they cannot excel in these subjects. The pandemic made matters worse for many. Advancing math and science instruction entails doing something different so it is possible for all students to achieve mastery.
Without urgent attention, the problem of unfinished learning will compound as students advance to later grades.
Strong evidence points to equity and well-being benefits from well-designed programs.
State boards can lean into efforts to boost K-12 science literacy and beef up access to high-quality, inquiry-based education.
Experience with high-stakes accountability informs teacher's standards setting on the state board.
A framework proposed in California seeks to boost achievement by increasing the engagement of all students.
States should revamp how teachers are equipped to deliver effective instruction.