Math enthusiasts have been taking part in festivities on March 14 to honor the number Pi – an infinitely long number beginning with 3.14 – for almost 30 years.

Here are some findings about math and education in the United States to mark Pi Day:

1.)     Americans rank math as one of the most important skills children need today to get ahead

Roughly eight-in-ten U.S. adults (79%) said math is one of the most important skills needed for youth to get ahead, per a 2014 Pew Research Center survey. That placed math on par with teamwork, but lower than communication and reading.

2.)    Despite a recent dip in scores, U.S. students are more proficient in math than they were two decades ago.

Only 13% of fourth-graders and 15% of eight-graders were rated at or above proficient in 1990. In comparison, four-in-ten fourth-graders and 33% of eight-graders scored as “proficient” or “advanced” in math in 2015, according to a report released by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) last fall…

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