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Helping Children Learn Mathematics What Can Policy Makers Do? Embrace the overarching goal of math proficiency for all. Stress to interested stakeholders the need to accomplish this goal. Support the allocation of scarce education resources to bring about needed critical changes. Realign curricula to promote math proficiency. Fund independent groups to assess alignment of textbooks and testing to achieve math proficiency. Encourage the expenditure of time and resources for necessary and sustained teacher professional development. Support the placement of one or more math specialists in each elementary school. Maintain consistency with the above by supporting the concept that, whenever possible, education decisions should be based on evidence. Take full advantage of the current national focus on and interest in improving education.
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