GTF Fellow Dr. Sarah R. Powell (UT-Austin) and Dr. Gena Nelson (University of Minnesota) synthesized longitudinal research related to mathematics to help policymakers and educators understand students’ long-term mathematics performance and the need for adequate mathematics instruction across school settings.
They concluded that postsecondary success begins long before students enter college:
- Math performance at earlier time points is predictive of math performance at later time points.
- Students who perform well in math continue to perform well in math; students who experience difficulty with math skills or concepts continue to experience difficulty.
- Math performance in school has implications for students in adulthood.
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