The challenge of not only making sure our high school graduates are sufficiently competent in math, but that more excel in math to take advantage of the increasing STEM-related jobs, may be addressed by focusing on math early in a student’s career. In fact, math success in grade 3 is as good as, if not better, than reading in predicting future academic success. Strengthening math learning from PreK to grade 3 is a powerful strategy and investment for schools and districts.
This paper explains the importance of early math and highlights effective professional development resources. It demonstrates how to align ECE and K-12 instruction and lays out an action plan to move forward.