math http://tristatesradio.com en Academic Skills Aid Job Search http://tristatesradio.com/post/academic-skills-aid-job-search <p>Illinois manufacturers have many unfilled jobs despite the number of job-seekers<br /><br />Blanche Shoup, director of the Workforce Investment Board of Western Illinois, says many applicants lack specific skills, including math aptitude.<br /><br />She says, &ldquo;Math is absolutely critical and that&#39;s one of the areas that we score the lowest when it comes to evaluating the quality of our workforce.&nbsp; Math is always a challenge.&rdquo;<br /> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 20:13:45 +0000 James Lenz 19699 at http://tristatesradio.com Academic Skills Aid Job Search Illinois Committee Endorses New Math Standard http://tristatesradio.com/post/illinois-committee-endorses-new-math-standard <p>An Illinois House education panel okayed a plan that would change math standards for middle and high school students.<br /><br />The measure was developed by Democratic Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. It would require the State Board of Education to develop a curriculum that includes an extra year of math in high schools. Currently only three years are required by the state, though many schools already require four years.<br /><br />Simon has visited each of the state&#39;s 48 community colleges and said she repeatedly heard students lacked math skills.<br /> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:06:59 +0000 Rich Egger 14075 at http://tristatesradio.com Illinois Committee Endorses New Math Standard