ERIC Number: ED415119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-20
Mathematics Equals Opportunity.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Mastering mathematics has become more important than ever in the United States. Students with a strong grasp of mathematics have an advantage in academics and in the job market. The eighth grade is a critical point in mathematics education. Achievement at that stage clears the way for students to take rigorous high school mathematics and science courses which are the keys to college entrance and success in the labor force. This report highlights the key findings that: (1) students who take rigorous mathematics and science courses are much more likely to go to college than those who do not; (2) algebra is the gateway to advanced mathematics and science in high school, yet most students do not take it in middle school; (3) taking rigorous mathematics and science courses in high school appears to be especially important for low-income students; (4) despite the importance of low-income students taking rigorous mathematics and science courses, these students are less likely to take them; (5) mathematics achievement depends on the courses a student takes, not the type of school the student attends; (6) students whose parents are involved in their school work are more likely to take challenging mathematics courses early in their academic careers; and (7) results of the Third Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) reveal that the middle school mathematics curriculum may be the weak link in the education system in the United States. The next steps that can be taken by educators, policymakers, community members, and parents are also listed. Contains 15 references. (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED457204; ED548534