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Document Number: 8566

Breaking the Cycle: An International Comparison of U.S. Mathematics Teacher Preparation - The findings of this study indicate math teachers in the U.S. need better training if the nation's K-12 students are going to compete globally. The study found nearly all future middle-school teachers in the top-achieving countries took courses in linear algebra and basic calculus, only half of the U.S. future teacher took the fundamental courses. The problem can be attacked by a three-prong approach: (1) Recruit teachers with stronger math backgrounds; (2) Implement more rigorous state certification requirements for math teachers; and (3) Require more demanding math courses in all teacher preparation programs. (Center for Research in Math and Science Education, Michigan State University, April 2010)...


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