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‘Attitudes’ key to improving Ontario math scores, says expert

CBC – Staff Writer

“A Wilfrid Laurier math professor and co-director of a group of educators tasked with improving Ontario’s troubled math curriculum says the attitudes of teachers, students and parents need to change in order to create better outcomes at provincial schools. Half of all grade six students failed to meet the provincial standard in math in 2015, according to the most recent numbers from Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office. Those same numbers also suggest many high school students are earning diplomas while still having trouble adding fractions or multiplying without the aid of a calculator. “What we’re seeing is that teachers and ultimately students are struggling and parents are struggling,” Wilfrid Laurier math professor and co-director of the Ontario-wide math knowledge network Donna Kotsopolous told The Morning Edition guest host Colin Butler Monday.”(more)

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