U.S. Math Deficiency
Equitable, accessible and learner-centric math instruction and math resources tracked grade by grade were a serious problem pre-Covid. Now it is a critical challenge to the future opportunity for students, employers and the economy.
Not all students need to be proficient in math, but all learners need the critical thinking, computational mindset to be able to hold many of the available jobs that have technical requirements that include some math, analysis or data science capability.
NLET is involved with a number of nonprofit, low-cost student-centric math tools as well as conducting research, evaluation and socializing these special math solutions.
Report: NLET Reports
Introducing the Mathematics Network
NLET and its partners believe that math instruction, math learning and math research will need to change fundamentally as a result of the Covid ”time out,” which took all learners, resources and instruction online. This was both a terrible disruption to learning in the classroom but also introduced the widespread use of math tools and online courses and resources. We believe that well-researched, data-producing and individualized learning and instruction must continue both coordinated with schools and colleges as well as independent of institutions, free for use outside school in a variety of circumstances.
CourseKata Statistics and Data Science is an innovative interactive online textbook for teaching introductory statistics and data science in colleges, universities and high schools. Through CourseKata’s online Better Book Project, research is conducted and student data guides continuous improvement through online learning resources for student understanding.
Just-in-Time Math / Pre-Algebra to Pre-Calc / Competency-Based
Just-in-Time Math is a free, competency-based, online and interactive forum for identifying individual strengths and weaknesses in math concepts, operations, and examples and intervention at the level of each student. It also promotes rich dialog at the item level. Just-in-Time Math allows teachers, instructors or mentors to work in near real-time with cohorts of students and know just where each of them is succeeding or struggling, individually or in groups, and respond accordingly.
EdReady is an adaptive learning platform that leverages a low-stakes knowledge inventory to personalize a learner’s path to subject mastery. EdReady Math supports competency-based, differentiated learning for middle- and high-school students, including Algebra I and II, Geometry and Precalculus/Trigonometry.
BrainQuake puzzles supplement traditional instruction for middle school math students. Designed to engage students in mathematical thinking without the use of traditional mathematical symbols (e.g., equations), the puzzles use concrete physical representations of math concepts that can be virtually manipulated and therefore engage students in mathematical thinking without the need for symbolic representations of the mathematics.