Sentance wants strategy to address math ‘crisis’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s newly hired school superintendent wants to address what he is calling a “crisis in math education” in Alabama.

Superintendent Michael Sentance on Thursday told state school board members that he wants to develop a strategy to raise state math scores that languish at the bottom of the nation.

He says only 31 percent of Alabama eight-graders are proficient at math. He said that has consequences for the entire state economy, making it difficult for the state to recruit tech jobs and other industry.

Sentance says he wants a panel of 25 educators, math experts and business representatives to help develop recommendations. He hopes to have a draft proposal before the board in December.

The school board in August named Sentance as the state’s new superintendent.

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