The 2007 National Academies of Science Report, · Fewer than 33% of U.S. 8th-grade students performed at or above a proficient level in mathematics; · About 20% of 4th graders and 33% of 8th graders lacked the competence to perform even basic mathematical computations; · In 1999, 69% of US 5-8th-grade students received instruction from a mathematics teacher who did not hold a degree or certification in mathematics; · In 2000, 93% of students in grades 5-8 were taught physical science by a teacher lacking a major or certification in the physical sciences (chemistry, geology, general science, or physics); · In 1995 12th graders performed below the international average for 21 countries on a test of general knowledge in mathematics and science. These statistics show the need for qualified teachers with the ability to impart a rigorous curriculum capable of providing a competitive edge. A quick check of one of the junior high schools in my district revealed that three of the five teachers teaching 8 |