How Can Parents Help Their Children Learn Math?

Authored by: Herbert P. Ginsburg , Helena Duch , Barbrina Ertle , Kimberly G. Noble

Handbook of Family Literacy

Print publication date:  April  2012
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415884570
eBook ISBN: 9780203841495
Adobe ISBN: 9781136899126


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American children’s mathematics performance is inadequate. In 2009, only 33% of fourth grade children nationwide were rated proficient and only 6% were advanced. A large majority of fourth grade children performed at a substandard level (National Assessment of Educational Progress, 2009). When American children’s math performance is compared with that of children from other nations, the results are extremely disappointing. Children from East Asia outperform their American counterparts in mathematics achievement as early as preschool (Miller & Parades, 1996).

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