## FAQs

**Sixty-five percent of fourth graders scored “below basic” or “basic” in math on the most recent NAEP test, and nearly three-quarters of eighth graders scored the same**. That means that the majority of students have only a partial understanding of math and the skills key to proficiency, not to mention college readiness.

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Why do students struggle with math? ›
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1. **Lack of understanding of basic concepts**. Most of the struggles a student faces with math can be traced to one problem: a poor grasp of basic concepts and weak foundational skills. Successful math learning is largely dependent on a student's understanding and mastery of earlier concepts.

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Why can't I understand math problems? ›
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**Dyscalculia is a learning disorder that affects a person's ability to understand number-based information and math**. People who have dyscalculia struggle with numbers and math because their brains don't process math-related concepts like the brains of people without this disorder.

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Why does my child struggle so much with math? ›
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**Poor math performance may be due to outside factors such as absenteeism, changing schools, a language barrier, or something going on at home**. A child with math disabilities often has a poor sense of numbers, including with multiplications, fractions, and decimals.

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What is the average age to learn math? ›
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Children will learn to read between the ages of four and six and write and do math **between six and 10 years old**.

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How many kids fail math every year? ›
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**More than 100 million** students globally fail math every year, that's almost one-sixth of the world's student population. This means that at least 620 million people today, who began schooling 10 years ago, have dropped out of their educational systems because they did poorly at math.

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What causes poor math skills? ›
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The primary cause of math difficulties is **an inability to create a gestalt image for the concepts underlying math processes**. Individuals often attempt to memorize facts instead of being able to think, reason, and problem solve with numbers.

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How to help a child struggling in math? ›
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**Here's how.**

- Maintain a positive attitude. A lot of kids (and adults) feel anxiety when presented with a math problem. ...
- Ask math questions that interest your child. ...
- Encourage communication. ...
- Be patient and take it slow. ...
- Practice and refine math vocabulary. ...
- Show math in everyday life. ...
- Get your child to teach you math.

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How do you deal with a struggling math student? ›
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**8 Strategies for Struggling Math Students**

- Teach the 'why' Teaching students the underlying logic behind math formulas and processes is always important. ...
- Repeated review. ...
- Talk it out. ...
- Show, don't tell. ...
- Positive reinforcement. ...
- Manipulatives. ...
- Peer guidance.

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Why do kids not understand math? ›
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When kids struggle with math, it doesn't mean they're not smart or not trying hard enough. In fact, **kids who have trouble with math are often trying their best**. Some kids just need more time and practice to learn math skills, or better instruction. Others need additional support to get there.

**What to look for**

- Have difficulty recognizing numbers.
- Be delayed in learning to count.
- Struggle to connect numerical symbols (5) with their corresponding words (five)
- Have difficulty recognizing patterns and placing things in order.
- Lose track when counting.
- Need to use visual aids — like fingers — to help count.

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How do I get my child tested for dyscalculia? ›
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The only way to be absolutely certain about whether a person has dyscalculia or not, is to **have a one-to-one session with a psychologist who specialises in dyscalculia**.

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How do kids get better at math? ›
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Encourage your child to **practice regularly to build their confidence and proficiency**. Identify Problem Areas: Identifying your child's problem areas is crucial in helping them improve their math skills. Observe them as they work on math problems to see where they struggle.

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Why do kids with ADHD struggle with math? ›
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Working memory

It allows you to hold snippets of information in your head for 15 to 30 seconds. However, 2017 research shows **ADHD can cause problems with your working memory**. This can make it harder to do math problems with multiple steps. For example, say you get the equation (1 + 2) x 4.

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How do I help my 9 year old with maths? ›
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**Start learning by doing!** Tip: Involve your child when it comes to activities like shopping, cooking, or gardening! Each of these real world applications involve numbers, facts, and concepts which can help solidify knowledge and understanding, as well as enjoyment in math.

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How much of the population struggles with math? ›
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Math anxiety affects about **50 percent** of the U.S. population and more women than men. Researchers know that math anxiety starts early. They have documented it in students as young as 5, and that early anxiety snowballs, leading to math difficulties and avoidance that only get worse as children get older.

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What percent of students dislike math? ›
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According to the survey data, nearly twice as many students (46 percent) report they like or love math compared to those who said they hate or dislike it (**24 percent**). The remainder of students (30 percent) said they were indifferent on the subject.

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How many students in the US struggle with math? ›
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NAEP identifies three achievement levels for each assessment: Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. Students not achieving basic proficiency are below basic. Reading this figure: In 2022, **40% of all students scored Below Basic on 8**^{th} grade math.

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What percentage of kids have math anxiety? ›
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Estimates suggest about **20% to 25%** of kids experience at least some math anxiety, and it often lasts into adulthood. Math anxiety is higher in women and girls than it is in men and boys. That is not because boys are naturally better at crunching numbers, experts explain.