Modeling the Math Achievement Gap

In many school settings, the math achievement of girls tends to be lower than that of boys, and the math achievement of African American and Hispanic children tends to be lower than that of other children.

Gargani + Company worked with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, a consortium of universities, and other collaborators to understand why.

The team used data-based computer simulations, called agent-based models, to investigate the factors that affect math success over time. As students move through elementary, middle, and high school, teacher quality emerged as perhaps the most important factor.

How can we identify high quality teachers? Look here.