As Math Proficiency Scores Decline Nationwide, How Should Curriculum Shift?


Disruptions to education during the pandemic had a serious impact on knowledge retention and student performance, and it’s bearing out in assessment numbers. Whether it’s a fault in the test themselves, a byproduct of COVID, or a mix of both, mathematics is one of the subjects affected the most.

A study from the National Assessment of Educational Progress found math proficiency was worse in today’s 13-year-olds than almost a decade ago. In Mississippi, math proficiency fell 12.3% from 2019. In more than a third of Colorado’s school districts, not even 20% of students met mathematics expectations. This is just scratching the surface of recent studies across the US, but they all point to a major disconnect between educational recovery and math performance.

What is to be done? Can educators rethink their approach to math instruction in a way that keeps education individualized and accounts for COVID’s learning losses? Kevin Dougherty, Senior Director of Sales at zSpace, pulls from his years of experience in the space to offer insights, important anecdotes, and strategies on MarketScale.

Abridged Thoughts:

In my opinion, this issue of declining math performance and the building of strong math understanding and ability. Has reached near crisis level both nationally and internationally. And as I think about the solution to this issue, I think it’s not so much about what is taught, whether it is taught in person or online and whether the content is provided for free or is a paid content service. It’s rather more about the how mathematics is taught, and this begins at the elementary level. If we are teaching mathematics in isolation and primarily focusing on math skill development, then many students will not see the practicality, purposefulness and the relevance of the learning that they’re being asked to do in math. And the result is a declining interest in mathematics, as well as declined performance. And even worse yet, a student can develop a I’m just not good at math mentality. So I’d like to share with you a personal illustration of this. I am a former principal and teacher, taught mathematics for several years and worked with teachers who were math teachers. When I was an assistant principal and principal.

Follow us on social media for the latest updates in B2B!


Using Registries to Prevent Opioid Use
December 8, 2021
PDMP and EPCS are two emerging abbreviations essential to curbing the current opioid epidemic. David McFarlane, Marketing Communications Manager with Medsphere, and Host Tyler Kern discussed what they are and Read more
The Intricacies of Interior Design in Medical Furnishing: Champions of Care
December 8, 2021
  One thing that's very important but doesn't take a prominent role in healthcare settings is furniture. It plays a significant role in patient care when it comes to looks, comfort, and functionality. An Read more
Deconstruction with VCC: The Foundational Considerations of Good Field Safety Leadership
December 8, 2021
  “We expect that someone can do the job they were hired to do, but we need to always get all workers up to speed on safety topics.” In any project or initiative, those leading it set the tone. When Read more