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Strong Support for Mathematics Specialists in Virginia

Abstract

"Strong, consistent support from state and local policy makers is essential to the establishment of effective Mathematics Specialists programs in local school divisions. When policy makers and policy leaders understand that there is a positive relationship between school-based Mathematics Specialists and significantly improved student mathematics achievement, they are likely to take legislative, regulatory, and budget actions that initiate, nurture, and sustain successful programs. This article presents specific state and local policy actions that have contributed to Virginia's nationally-recognized accomplishments in implementing and supporting Mathematics Specialist programs in elementary and middle schools."

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