Blunt Wants to Boost Math and Science

9 years 6 months 1 day ago March 28, 2007 Mar 28, 2007 Wednesday, March 28 2007 Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:27:12 PM CDT in News

Marcia Reed prepares students for the business world and she sees firsthand what they need to succeed.

"Our workforce in Missouri and in the nation is more and more technical every year," she noted. "And we need more science. We need more math skills to be able to accomplish whatever career they choose to follow."

Reed added, "Right now we need to be concerned with where we're at. We've had a diminished interest in math and science."

Missouri Assessment Program test scores in 2005 show only 16% percent of Missouri 10th graders were proficient or advanced in math, and only 7% were proficient in science.

Blunt likes the career center's hands-on approach that grabs students.

"You can talk to any kid in algebra, and they'll ask you, 'When am I ever going to need this?' explained Reed. "We can show them when they're going to need this. We are seeing huge gains in students' ability to apply those skills."

Blunt will hold a math and science summit April 15 in Jefferson City, where participants can brainstorm about how to improve student interest and performance in those subjects.

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