**Winter 2013 /Vol. 13, No.1**

*Jacob Vigdor is professor of public policy and economics at Duke University.*

*Mathematics Education: Being Outwitted by Stupidity Barry Garelick*

**America’s lagging mathematics performance reflects a basic failure to understand the benefits of adapting the curriculum to meet the varying instructional needs of students.****Students struggling in math may not have an actual learning disability but may be in the category termed “low achieving” (LA).**Recent studies have begun to distinguish between students who are LA and those who have mathematical learning disabilities (MLD). Among other reasons, ineffective instruction, may account for the subset of LA students struggling in mathematics. What type of alternative instruction is effective? A popular textbook on special education (Rosenberg, et. al, 2008), notes that up to

**50% of students with learning disabilities have been shown to overcome their learning difficulties when given explicit instruction**. Connecticut State Fast Facts : Studentsfirst Connecticut has made improvements in the past years but it must do more to ensure additional progress.

- Connecticut does little to empower parents. Parents need meaningful school performance information to make better-informed choices for their children
- Connecticut needs to hold school boards accountable for increasing student outcomes with their investments.
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