The new curriculum, announced by the Ontario government on Tuesday, was created with help from parents, math educators, academics and math education experts over the course of two years.
“I made a promise to parents that we would fix the broken education system we inherited, get back to basics, and teach our children the math fundamentals they need for lifelong success,” said Premier Doug Ford, Ontario’s head of government, in a statement.
The Canadian province’s math curriculum was last updated in 2005. By including skills like coding and financial literacy, it will promote “critical skills that will help our students prepare for and succeed in the modern world and in the modern workforce,” Ford said.
The new curriculum will also focus on connecting math to everyday life and focus on math concepts and skills like learning and recalling number facts, according to the statement.
Meanwhile the US was ranked as 27th, falling below average.