Tackling low achievement in mathematics and science still a challenge in Europe

Policy-makers need to do more to help schools tackle low achievement in mathematics and science, according to two reports compiled by the Eurydice network and presented by the European Commission today.
The report on mathematics education reveals that only five European countries (England, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland and Norway) have set national targets to boost achievement levels, although a majority of EU Member States provide general guidelines to address pupils’ difficulties in this area.
The report on science shows that no Member States have specific national support policies for low achievers, although five countries (Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, France and Poland) have launched programmes to tackle low achievement in general. The reports conclude that although much has been achieved in updating mathematics and science curricula, support for the teachers responsible for implementing the changes is still lacking.
Both reports provide a comparative analysis of approaches to teaching mathematics and science, with the aim of contributing to European and national debate on how to improve standards.

The full reports “Mathematics Education in Europe; Common Challenges and National Policies” and “Science Education in Europe: National Policies, Practices and Research” are available here