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The dilemma in middle school math today

Students at Northside Middle School in Roanoke, Virginia, bounce back from learning losses from pandemic. Teachers dedicate significant amounts of time to fostering relationships with students. Students who started middle school early in the pandemic lost more ground in math than any other group. Math proficiency predicts both an individual’s future earnings and a country’s economic productivity. Those who fail Algebra I are far less likely to graduate from high school on time and attend college. “Students are running out of time,” says Emily Morton, an education consultant.