This year, the Education Quality and Accountability Office (or EQAO) released results showing that while literacy skills are improving, math skills are dropping. Nearly one in five Grade 6 students in Ontario are not meeting the provincial math standard, even after meeting the standard in Grade 3. This has both parents and educators wondering why, and what they can do to close the gap.
TVOParents caught up with Wayne Erdman, former math teacher and president of Erdman Educational Consulting at the 2013 People For Education conference, which focuses on public education in Ontario. Erdman shared his math teaching experience with us, and his thoughts on what needs to be done to keep kids interested and proficient in math.
In this video, he talks about why he thinks math scores are dropping: