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Bill Jackson

- Sep 30, 2015
- 5 min

## Why U.S. Students Don't Get Algebra

International assessments show that U.S. students tend to do worse in mathematics as they get older. The Trends in International Math and Science Study (2011 divide. Examples: … Knowing that 8 x 5 = 40 and 8 x 2 = 16, one can find 8 x 7 as 8 x (5 + 2) = (8 x 5) + (8 x 2) = 40 + 16 = 56. (Distributive property.) Statements like these are no coincidence, because the mathematics standards of high performing East Asian countries were an important source of evidence in developing

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