If the U.S. is to remain competitive through a skilled workforce, it must develop better ways to help students learn math, according to a panel of federal officials.
On Wednesday, the National Journalmagazine held a discussion with leading federal lawmakers as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Education, for-profit colleges and industry. On the topic of education reform and job training, the participants agreed that colleges, K-12 and businesses must work together to develop better strategies to help students tackle math.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, (R-N.C.), chair of the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, said there is too much focus in K-12 on “teaching to the test” and not enough individual evaluation and helping student understand the concepts of math. Students coast through math in high school and then are surprised that they cannot do college-level math when they enter a community college or university, she said.
Dual enrollment—which typically allows high school students to take college courses for which they earn high school and college credits—is one strategy that more K-12 schools could adapt to help students prepare for college-level work, said Foxx, a former community college president.
“We need to be doing a lot more of that,” she said. <Read more>