Shortage of math teachers needs W.V. Legislature’s attention

January 23, 2019 | The Herald-Dispatch

If mathematicians thought Fermat’s Last Theorem was a hard one to solve, maybe they should look at the ongoing problem of recruiting and retaining math teachers for West Virginia’s public school system.

Finding teachers certified to teach math has been a longstanding problem here in the Mountain State, and it shows when students are tested to see how well they are learning what they are expected to learn. Proficiency in math lags behind that in reading and other subjects.

Steps are being taken to correct this problem, and they are the subject of debate in the Legislature this session, according to an article by The Herald-Dispatch reporter Taylor Stuck on Sunday.

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