Latest Mathematics News

NC math experts, voters sue over US House, legislative lines

Nov. 17, 2021 12:59 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another lawsuit challenging North Carolina's latest round of redistricting has been filed, this time by a conservation group, university mathematicians and voters who accuse Republican mapmakers of illegal partisan and racial gerrymandering. The...

Last in math: Alabama politicians look for ways to close gap

Nov. 14, 2021 11:59 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama students for years have ranked at the bottom in a national math assessment. That has led one lawmaker to propose an overhaul in math instruction that would include more math coaches in schools, summer programs and interventions....

Mississippi student test scores decline in math, English

Sep. 23, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The number of Mississippi students learning at or above grade level in math and English decreased across almost every age group during the first statewide assessments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to results released by the Department of Education on Thursday....

Elementary school student reading, math proficiency declines

Sep. 22, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The proficiency of New Mexico's elementary students in math and reading has dropped significantly amid the pandemic, with only 31% achieving it, according to a review of preliminary academic data made public Wednesday. The drop in math and reading...

Can a mathematician help prevent gerrymandering in Virginia?

Sep. 12, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

When Virginians voted last year to create a commission to draw the state’s political districts, many hoped to head off the partisanship that has marred previous redistricting efforts. Gerrymandering — rigging maps to favor a political party or candidate — has long...