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Kids’ fraction skills predict math success later

Fifth grade math students’ mastery of fractions and division predicts their success in algebra and math in general, according to a new study.

“The clear message is that we need to improve instruction in long division and fractions, which will require helping teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts that underlie these mathematical operations. At present, many teachers lack this understanding,” says Robert Siegler of Carnegie Mellon University.

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