Alabama Senate Aims to Improve Elementary Math Education – The Hartselle Enquirer
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Last week, the Alabama State Senate voted to approve legislation to improve math skills for public elementary school students.
Sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, who is Chair of Finance and Tax Education, and co-sponsored by Sen. Tim Melson, R-Florence, who is Chair of Education Policy, the Alabama Numeracy Act prohibits the use of curriculum standards commonly referred to as Common Core State Standards in public preschools through 12th grade.
“Only a third of our school systems, or 10% of students in grades four through eight, are proficient in math,” Orr said. “This is an alarming statistic that we can no longer ignore.
“There has been no urgency in trying to improve math education in our schools, and the result is that we are failing these kids. The responsibility lies with us to help provide solutions,” continued Orr. “The Numeracy Act provides for the hiring of hundreds of math coaches to support our educators in the classroom – to help them, train them and show them the latest techniques. It also establishes an accountability framework to ensure student success.
“Because of the legislature’s conservative budgetary approach over the past decade, we have the wherewithal to invest in our students and teachers.
“I appreciate Senator Melson and my colleagues in the Senate for their support of this essential legislation.”
Melson said “we can’t be complacent” with the state of Alabama “being last in math education.”
“It’s too bad Alabama students aren’t getting the education they deserve, and it’s time for lawmakers to step up and deliver real solutions for better education statewide,” Melson added. . “I commend President Orr for his leadership and continued efforts to create more support for our teachers to provide a successful environment for our students.
“The Numeracy Act is an important step in the right direction, and it will have a huge impact on the education our children receive, positioning them for a better future.”
The Numeracy Act provides improved math education in public schools and a way to increase math skills at the grade level for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
It establishes and provides summer learning programs, assessment tests, accountability standards for teachers and principals, and additional training and standards for teacher education programs.
It also demands that the state superintendent and state board of education terminate the flexibility waiver agreement with the United States Department of Education regarding the federal education law. primary and secondary, which includes the adoption of common basic state standards.
The Numeracy Act is now before the House of Representatives for consideration.