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The Facts

the multiples plateIn most countries, ensuring that the population in general, and, the young population in particular are numerate is a difficult but urgent need. In the USA, it is now a chronic problem.


  • 32nd – the US ranking in math proficiency among nationals that participated in the most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).
  • 22% of adults in the US are considered math innumerate and do not have the basic skills to maintain a modern job.
  • 32% of 8th graders are math proficient  – YES ONLY 32%!
  • 58.6% of U.S. adults was below level 3, the minimum level for coping with today’s skill demands (Statistics Canada and OECD, 2005)

American adults have low numeracy dispositions. 

  • Nearly a third of Americans (30%) say they would rather clean the bathroom than solve a math problem.
  • Three in ten Americans (29%) report that they are not good at math.
  • Younger Americans are the most likely to believe that they are not good at math (18-24 years old, 39%; 25-34 years old, 36%).
  • Thirty-six percent of Americans admit to often saying they can't do math. Among Americans aged 18 to 35, it's a whopping 53 percent.

Yet WE know math is critical to our future of the nation and everyone in it.

  • Nearly all Americans (93%) agree that developing good math skills are essential to being successful in life.
  • The overwhelming majority of Americans (95%) report that it is just as important for the next generation to be good at math as it was when they were growing up.
  • Nine in ten Americans (90%) report that the lack of emphasis on developing good math skills will have a negative impact on the future of our economy. And we need to address this at an early age. 


  • Recent studies show that children who understand numbers in early education will have better success learning mathematics throughout their education.
  • Once a child falls behind it is unlikely they will be able to catch up.
  • Studies have shown a direct correlation between engagement in math at home and long term performance in math. Children who are exposed to math at home perform better in math at school.
  • 65% of math teachers and 57% of science teachers report that lack of parent support is a serious or moderate problem.

The good news is it’s not too late to make a difference!

Click here to learn about our Everyone Can Do Math Initiative.


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