CHICAGO — Time spent on math instruction has increased steadily in Illinois in recent years, while time spent on English has declined, new data show.

The data from the state’s Board of Education show that more time is still spent on English, but the gap is narrowing with math minutes increasing.

The board has tracked instruction minutes on math, science, English and social science for third, sixth and eighth grades since 1998, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Science and social science also had a slight increase in instruction minutes over the years, according to the report. English was the only subject that has declined in instruction minutes across all three of the grades, according to the data.

Educators said the decline in time spent on English could affect students as they enter high school. Administrators said the uptick in math instruction is motivated partly by lower state exam scores in math than English.

The 2016-17 state exam results show that in most grades tested higher in English than in math. However, third-graders statewide tested better in math than in English. They also showed the largest increase in math instruction minutes over two decades, moving from 54 minutes in 1998 to 72 minutes in 2017.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com