Two Missouri school districts have posted higher scores in math on state standardized exams since adopting the benchmarking approach in which students must demonstrate proficiency in a skill or concept before moving on to the next one. While the change has prompted more confidence in some students, it hasn't made all students like math or inspired them to enroll in higher-level math classes. Still, educators emphasize the benefits, including higher ACT scores, better transitions to college math and workforce preparation.

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