The Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary online defines dyscalculia as, “impairment of mathematical ability due to an organic condition of the brain”.
Talk about definition that leaves you cold! How many kids (and adults for that matter) struggle with math these days? While this ponderous definition isn’t the answer by itself, it may actually contain a key for students with chronic math failure.
Low math performance is reaching an epidemic level in the United States. Wall Street Journal contributor, Robert Tomsho sites, “The National Assessment of Educational Progress — often called the “nation’s report card” — found fourth-graders had made no learning gains since the last time the NAEP math test was given, in 2007. Previously, fourth-graders had made scoring gains on every NAEP math test given since 1990.” (Emphasis ours- Read Robert Tomsho’s article here )