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University of Utah Program Named among Top in the U.S. for Preparing Future Elementary Math Teachers

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The Urban Institute for Teacher Education's (UITE) undergraduate program in elementary teacher preparation for math has been ranked one of the country's top programs for training future educators the skills and content expertise they need to be high-quality math educators by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).  The program was given an "exemplar" rating of A+ for its requirements in elementary mathematics for essentials such as numbers and operations, algebraic thinking, geometry and measurement, data analysis and probability, and math pedagogy for teaching these critical concepts. In fact, UITE met 100% of the instrucitonal goals across every content area. 

Math ability in elementary school is a key predictor of whether or not students will graduate high school, and gaps between low- and high-poverty schools as well as white- and black-majority schools have increased, making the teaching of math skills more important than ever. Please join us in congratulating all our UITE faculty and staff and UITE Director Mary Burbank on this remarkable achievement. 


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