Some interesting developments on math instruction in the education press this week:
First, a new study of future math teachers suggests that we need to improve their grasp of math. The study raises the question of whether teachers need more training in math once they’re in the field or whether we should recruit potential teachers with stronger math skills. And should there be math specialists for elementary schools?
According to Education Week:
The findings from the first Teacher Education Study in Mathematics, or TEDS-M, were unveiled this week at a press conference in Washington.
Among the world’s aspiring elementary teachers, the results show that American college students nearing the end of their teacher-preparation programs performed “neither particularly low, nor particularly strong.” They scored at rates similar to those of future teachers in Germany, Norway, and Russia, but not on par with typically high-achieving countries such as Taiwan and Singapore.
At the middle