Math in Alabama is facing a crisis.
Math in Alabama is facing a crisis, with only 22% of Alabama students showing proficiency on the 2021 ACAP state assessment results, including only 11% of low-income students and 7% of Black students. In addition, Alabama is ranked 52nd on the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP). Not only is this an academic emergency for our students, these numbers make it difficult for our state leaders to recruit new business and industry to our state. We must take action to improve math instruction & achievement in Alabama’s schools.
It’s time for a comprehensive state strategy to build the capacity of our instructional leaders & elementary educators as well as increase support to our youngest students who are struggling with math. Both instructional leaders and educators need a strong understanding of math foundational content knowledge and high-quality math instruction. All educators need access to high quality math instructional materials, along with curriculum-based professional development, so they are prepared to teach and support their students as they become proficient in math.