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Lower-level maths classes have less qualified teachers

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A paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy has shown that, in the US, pupils taking lower-level classes, and those in schools in underprivileged areas, have less chance of having a qualified maths teacher (one with a degree or other qualification in the subject). This is despite numerous policy efforts in the past decade to ensure that all children receive teaching of the same quality. 

The study used data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, which includes over 12,000 students linked to mathematics teachers in over 700 schools. The research,Student Access to Qualified High School Mathematics Teachers: A Multilevel Analysis, is a correlational study based on cross-sectional data, and does not seek to draw out possible causes.

Source: Student Access to Qualified High School Mathematics Teachers: A Multilevel Analysis (2013), Association for Education Finance and Policy.

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