For many school children, math is among the most difficult subjects to keep up in. American’s are always concerned how well our math scores are compared to other countries, but it seems like now we should be more concerned with reading scores.
Troy Prep Middle School in Albany, New York has enrolled mostly low income students. In 2012, 100 percent of 7th graders showed proficiency or even advanced scores in standardized math tests, but only 50 percent met the same grade standard in reading. Similar results were found in 31 other schools in the same district. Teachers express that it’s easier to help students reach goals in math than it is in reading.
So what does income have to do with all this? A 1980′s study showed that by age four, children from low income families have heard 32 million fewer words than children from higher income families. With a poor vocabulary to start of with, keeping up in class can be challenging for disadvantaged students. Even more so for the 10 million children from immigrant households where English is not spoken or their first language.
Check out this infographic presented by TopEducationDegrees.org for more and see why it’s not math we should be so worried about anymore.
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