Many Hoosier students are struggling with math proficiency. According to the 2022 National Assessment Educational Progress report, 40% of Hoosier fourth graders and 30% of eighth graders achieved proficiency or better in math. Both are lower than scores recorded in 2019.

State Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) said in a recent release, “I supported legislation this session to help boost students’ math scores. House Bill 1304 would establish requirements on math instructional materials, and assessments and intervention programs for students who are at risk of falling behind in math. It would also require the Indiana Department of Education to develop guidelines on curriculums to better prepare elementary school teacher candidates in math instruction.”

ExcelinEd, Teach Plus and Stand for Children Indiana are among the organizations that testified in support of the bill.

Click here for here for more information on House Bill 1304 and follow it through the legislative process. For more information on Indiana’s math academic standards, click here.